Conference Programme

Time Information
08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:30
Can we regulate our way to a safer industry?

This session will explore the role of formal regulation in raising safety standards within ground operations. The European Aviation Safety Agency will detail what may feature in the remit of specific ground regulations and who would oversee their implementation.
09:30 - 10:30
Autonomous GSE and the safety implications of this new technology

Will artificially intelligent GSE and a subsequent reduction of human operatives working around aircraft mean a much safer future for all? GSE presentations from our panellists are to be followed by a discussion chaired by Alwyn Brice, Editor, Ground Handling International.
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:40
IGOM: does turnaround by aircraft type transform safety performance on the apron?

A case-study led presentation by Liam Bolger, head of airside operations at London Luton Airport which will explore the safety impact of delivering IGOM in partnership with easyJet at the airport. What impact did standardisation have and what can the wider industry learn from Luton?
11:40 - 12:30
Ground safety in the USA

This session will offer a unique frontline operations perspective on putting safety management theory into practice in the challenging environment of the US airport.  Gino Matteoni of dnata USA will discuss safety excellence in the face of diverse weather conditions, minimum wage work forces and a very low cost/competitive market.
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:00
Your role as the business leader in delivering a strong safety culture

This session will examine the personal responsibility of aviation business leaders in ensuring optimum safety standards on the apron. Have you ever seen unsafe practice among your team and walked by to avoid conflict? What can we learn from the behaviour of business leaders in other sectors that have seen major improvements in managing risk?
14:00 - 14:30
Perfecting the turnaround

So, you think you have all the answers? Neale Millett challenges the audience to come up with a safer turnaround operation.
14:30 - 15:00
Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:50
Can ground damage be predicted?

This session will ask delegates to play the role of accident investigators and establish whether a ground damage incident involving the towing of a 737-300 was down to chance or could have been anticipated and prevented.