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Select members of our 2024 Advisory Council

Introducing our 2024 Advisory Council

January 31, 2024

Posted by : Safety Standdown Team

The Safety Standdown team is ecstatic to introduce the new council members and changes to the 2024 Advisory Council.


Richard Gomez

The Unseen Aspect of Aviation Safety: Prioritising Crew Mental Health

September 28, 2023

Posted by : Richard Gomez

"It's becoming increasingly clear that our understanding of safety needs to evolve. The focus is shifting from merely physical well-being to a more holistic approach that includes mental health."


Tony Kern

This Year’s Bombardier Safety Standdown May be the Most Important One in the Last 25 Years

August 24, 2023

Posted by : Tony Kern

"You know you are old when you’re prepping for an annual event you have done continuously for over two and a half decades. Yet each year as the dog days of summer bear down on me, I begin to prepare in earnest for what is a truly unique event, the one I most enjoy doing, the annual Bombardier Safety Standdown."...


Timothy Wade

Ease of Access, the Next Chapter of Aviation Safety

August 10, 2023

Posted by : Timothy Wade

Tim Wade, Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety at Flexjet, breaks down what aviation safety should look like in a modern world.


Chris Milligan

Cultivating Intangible Value Through Safety

June 29, 2023

Posted by : Chris Milligan

Chris Milligan, Bombardier’s VP of Pre-owned Aircraft Services, understands the important perspectives associated with decision making. His following article discusses the effects of Intangible Value and how the unseen elements of organizations shape the foundation....


Etienne Cote

The Journey Toward a Safety Culture for Over 25 years

May 09, 2023

Posted by : Étienne Côté

What is Safety Culture? Where are we in this journey toward our Safety Culture? Are we really on our way there? Etienne Cote discusses the meaning of Safety Culture and the commitment aviation professionals must have to safety to build a better future....


Jermaine Cadogan

Safety Standdown Insight

July 28, 2022

Posted by : Jermaine Cadogan

Interested in finding out more about Bombardier’s Safety Standdown? We checked in with recent workshop presenter, Jermaine Cadogan, to get his take on this very important safety event.


Amy Grubb, Ph.D

Achieving Greatness

June 01, 2022

Posted by : Amy Grubb, Ph.D

One of my favorite quotes that I use in my talks is from Vince Lombardi: “We will be relentless in our pursuit for perfection.  We won’t ever be perfect but in the process, we will achieve greatness.


Learn, Apply, SHARE

Learn, Apply, SHARE - The Importance of Effective Communication

September 28, 2021

Posted by : Karen Deme

In our operation, most of the voluntary safety reports we receive describe a minor event that did not result in a safety incident, but potentially could have under different circumstances. Through these reports and the subsequent investigations, we seek to identify and address potential hazards....


SSD 2021

Teamwork: the key to a safe operating environment

August 10, 2021

Posted by : Salvatore L. Vicari

Teamwork is absolutely essential in establishing a safe operating environment in all facets of aviation – and while often overlooked, flight dispatch teams certainly play a pivotal role. Here’s an example that illustrates just how close team interactions can create a positive result and work to establish a more cohesiv...

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SSD 2021

IFR Logbook: Another Column

July 21, 2021

Posted by : Thomas P. Turner

Instrument training, Practical Test evaluation, most instrument flight rule (IFR) practice and the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirements for recency of experience are measured primarily in getting the airplane down from altitude. There’s very little focus on proficiency for making a takeoff and departure in IM...

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Daniel Mollicone

In search of an objective quantitative framework to assess fitness for duty

October 18, 2019

Posted by : Dr. Daniel Mollicone

When we are fatigued we are impaired. Our reactions are slowed, and we experience lapses of attention, become impulsive, lose situational awareness, and become prone to distraction. The greater the level of fatigue, the worse the impairment. NTSB and NASA sources estimate that fatigue is a factor in one in five aviati...

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Dan Boedigheimer

Are you coming to Safety Standdown in 2019? Here’s how to maximize your experience!

September 12, 2019

Posted by : Dr. Dan Boedigheimer

When I first attended Safety Standdown on its 10th anniversary in 2006, the theme was “War on Error,” akin to its early roots of the teachings of Dr. Tony Kern and Convergent Performance.

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SSD 2019

The path to leadership and elevating your standards

August 30, 2019

Posted by : Dr. Benjamin Goodheart

In aviation and similarly specialized fields, we often promote people on measures that heavily weigh technical performance. For instance, experience as a maintainer might lead to a role as supervisor or eventually to a position as the Director of Maintenance. Experienced aviator? ...


Eugene Cernan

When good just isn’t enough

August 13, 2019

Posted by : Jeff Wofford

When I think about this year’s Safety Standdown theme of “Elevate Your Standards,” I am reminded of Captain Eugene Cernan. I met Gene in 2004 at my first Safety Standdown, and I have to admit, I was a little awestruck. My heroes were there in force. Wally Schirra, Bob Hoover and Gene were sitting in the Captain’s Quart...

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Amy VanderHouwen

Hypoxia: What Pilots Need to Know

August 06, 2019

Posted by : Amy VanderHouwen

Ask any Pilot about the procedure for a rapid depressurization at altitude…You will get the same response every time. PUT ON YOUR MASK! But what about a slow or insidious depressurization?


Marty Grier

Elevate Your Standards in Aircraft Maintenance

June 20, 2019

Posted by : Marty Grier

Standards can be defined as, “A measure of quality or attainment.” Quality is a very important measure when it comes to aircraft maintenance. Our standards provide us with a foundation for our actions. If we have low standards in aircraft maintenance it will show up in low dispatch reliability, high incident/acciden...


Melissa Cooper

Winds of change: our standards when it comes to weather

May 10, 2019

Posted by : Melissa Cooper

I believe I speak for everyone in the Midwest when I say, “Welcome back spring!” The 2018-2019 winter season seemed like it would never end and judging by the discussions I had with colleagues throughout North America, this sentiment was a common one....


Chris Lutat

Automation, Airmanship and Bombardier Safety Standdown

July 17, 2018

Posted by : Chris Lutat

Almost 70 years ago, one of the earliest commercially available computers was delivered to the US Government by the Remington Rand Corporation, the UNIVAC-1. The joke that circulated for years afterward goes like this: A bunch of scientists created a huge machine capable of complex calculations and called it UNIVAC. E...


Normalization of excellence

The Normalization of Excellence. Sounds cool – what is it?

July 17, 2018

Posted by : Tony Kern

Gotta tell you, I was thrilled when I first heard that the Bombardier Safety Standdown was adopting a concept from one of my books as the theme for 2018. Then I started to worry.


Global Cockpit

The Normalization of Excellence

June 01, 2018

Posted by : Bombardier Business Aircraft

The theme for Safety Standdown 2018 is the Normalization of Excellence. At first glance, these words may seem contradictory, after all, excellence isn’t normal, it’s exceptional. Excellence is achieved by the best of the best – it wins Super Bowls and Olympic gold medals. If you move from the field to flight deck, shou...


Dan Boedigheimer

What Does “Intentionally Safe” Mean?

April 17, 2017

Posted by : Dan Boedigheimer

What does it mean to be “intentionally” safe? “Intentional” implies that you go beyond a basic level of safety because of an effort you are making. Safe means the mitigation of risk, which in aviation can be subjective based on the type of aircraft you operate, mission, environment, and an operation’s risk tolerance....