26 Presenters 27 Presenters
4 Days 4 Days
3 Tutorials 3 Tutorials

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Day One - August 22, 2017

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Morning Presentations
    9:00 – 9:15 Opening

    Barbara Dunn, ISASI Seminar Chair

    9:15 – 9:30 Welcome

    Frank Del Gandio, ISASI President

    9:30 – 10:00 Keynote Presentation

    Robert Sumwalt, NTSB

    10:00 – 10:15 Announcement of Scholar Recipients

    Chad Balentine, ISASI Secretary

    10:15 – 10:30 First Student Scholarship Essay

    Maria Gregson, The University of Nottingham

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 First Moderated Session
    Moderator Tom Farrier,
    ISASI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Working Group Chairman

    11:00 – 11:30 Airbus Support to Metrojet Investigation

    Nicolas Bardou, Airbus

    11:30 – 12:00 The Role of Investigations in Creating and Implementing Safety

    Jim Burin

  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Second Moderated Session
    Moderator Alister Buckingham,
    New Zealand Councillor

    1:00 – 1:30 Pre-existing Fracture in a Helicopter Composite Rotor Blade System

    Torstens Skujins, Joseph Rakow, Exponent

    1:30 – 2:00 The EASA’s Annual Review of Safety Recommendations

    Mario Colavita, EASA

    2:00 – 2:30 Colgan 3407 Eight Years Later

    Roger Cox, NTSB (ret)

  • 2:30 – 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 5:30 Afternoon Presentations
    3:00 – 3:30 Extraction of Flight Path Data from Witness Video

    Adam Cybanski, CAFDFS

    3:30 – 4:00 The Passenger Brace Position in Aircraft Accident Investigations

    JM Davies, M. Maurino, J Yoo

    4:00 – 4:30 ICAO - AF447 and Germanwings investigations – What difference do or did they make?

    Arnaud Desjardin BEA, and Philippe Plantin de Hugues

    4:30 – 4:45 Second Student Scholarship Essay
    Dylan Grymonpre, Carleton University
    4:45 – 5:30 National Society Meetings
  • 5:45 Bus Pickup for Dinner at the San Diego Air & Space Museum

Day Two - August 23, 2017

  • 9:00 – 11:30 First Moderated Session
    Moderator Dr. Steve Sparks, General Aviation Working Group
    9:00 – 10:00 Analysis Techniques for Investigating Human Performance

    Dr. Randy Mumaw, NASA Ames Research Center; Bill Bramble, NTSB; Fanny Rome, BEA; Joel Morley, Canada TSB

    10:00 - 10:30 Helicopter Accident Trends in ISASI Countries & Reducing Fatal Accidents Even Further

    Robert Matthews, PhD; Rex Alexander; Richard Stone, MS

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Mid Morning Presentations
    11:00 – 11:30 Investigations, Recommendations, and Safety Management Systems

    Thomas Farrier, JMA

    11:30 – 12:00 Investigations into ATC matter

    Curt Fischer, NATCA

  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch, ISASI Membership Meeting
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Second Moderated Session
    Moderator Ron Schleede,
    1:30 – 2:00 The Effect of ICAO Type Aerodrome Weather Forecasts on Aircraft Operations

    David Wilson, Australian Transport Safety Board

    2:00 – 2:30 Why it Makes a Difference to Report and Investigate UAS Incidents

    Jeff, Guzzetti, FAA

  • 2:30 – 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 5:00 Afternoon Presentations
    3:00 – 3:30 Managing a Complex Aircraft Systems Investigation

    Barry Holt, TSB; David Fisher, Bombardier

    3:30 – 4:00 Hazards of Excessive Pilot Flight Control Forces

    Robert Joslin, ERAU

    4:00 – 4:30 How Data from Internal Safety Investigations and Processes Can be Used to Assess

    Karanikas Nektarios, Amsterdam University

    4:30 – 5:00 Working Group Meetings
  • 5:30 Dinner on your own

Day Three - August 24, 2017

  • 9:00 – 10:30 First Moderated Session
    Moderator James Roberts, MASI Working Group
    9:00 – 9:30 Flight Standards Service - General Aviation and Commercial Division “CAST, GAJSC, and USHST” are making a difference.”

    James Viola, FAA Manager

    9:30 - 10:00 The Forest of Aircraft Accidents and The Trees of Maintenance Failures

    Pete Kelley, FAA

    10:00 – 10:15 Third Scholarship Essay

    Mahmood Masood, The University of Central Missouri

    10:15 – 10:30 Fourth Scholarship Essay

    Ross Rozanski, The University of Southern California

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Mid Morning Presentations
    11:00 – 11:30 Crash Scene Hazard Management: An Updated Approach

    Tyler Brooks, CAF, Claire Maxwell, CAF, Gary Lacoursiere, CAF

    11:30 – 12:00 Investigating Accidents that are a Consequence of Complex Systems

    Shem Malmquist; John Thomas, MIT

  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Second Moderated Session
    Moderator Joann Sheehan,
    Cabin Safety Working Group

    1:00 - 1:30 Thinking Illusions and Lost Opportunities

    Andrew McGregor, et al

    1:30 – 2:00 Lessons Learned from Aviation Accidents, Minor Errors, Major Effects Accident that Have Helped Shape Aviation Safety

    Daniel Cheney, FAA

    2:00 – 2:30 Integrated Pilots’ Visual Parameters into Flight Data Recorder for Accident Investigation and Prevention

    Thomas Wang, Taiwan Safety Council

  • 2:30 – 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 6:00 Afternoon Presentations
    3:00 – 3:30 Fiction versus Reality: The Impact of Hollywood on Accident Investigations

    Katherine Wilson, NTSB

    3:30 – 4:00 Using Scanning and Simulation Technology to Analyze Aviation Mishaps

    Rawson Wood, Biodynamic Research Corp.

    4:00 – 4:30 Use of Data Science to Make the Difference in Investigation Analysis Process

    Marion Choudet, ATR; S. David, BEA

    4:30 – 5:00 Barbara Dunn, Seminar Conclusion
  • 6:00 Reception and Banquet

Registration Prices

  • ISASI member $775.00 US (after midnight July 5, $875.00)
  • Non Member $825.00 US (after midnight July 5, $925.00)
  • Student Member $250.00 US (after midnight July 5, $275.00)
  • One Day Only $250.00 US (after midnight July 5, $275.00)
  • Companion $375.00 US (after midnight July 5, $400.00)
  • Tutorial Only $175.00 US (after midnight July 5, $200.00)
  • Welcome Reception Only $60.00 US (after midnight July 5, $80.00)
  • Tuesday Night Dinner Only $150.00 US (after midnight July 5, $175.00)
  • Awards Banquet Only $120.00 US (after midnight July 5, $140.00)
  • Optional Tour $168.00 US (after midnight July 5, $188.00)

Refund Policy

ISASI’s refund policy is as follows:

60 days or more from the start date of the seminar-full refund

59-30 days from the start of the seminar- $50.00 US administration fee will be charged

29-15 days from the start of the seminar- $75.00 US administration fee will be charged

Less than 15 days from the start of the seminar- no refund will be issued

Registration may be transferred to another delegate at any time with no administration fees.

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ISASI 2017 is being organized by the ISASI Seminar Committee. More information about San Diego, travel details and the seminar itself will follow shortly.

Tutorial Program

Flight Recorders: Beyond ICAO Annex 13

Monday, August 21, 2017 - Morning Session   (8 :30– 12:30)

This Tutorial will explore the many differences and similarities between flight data and voice recorder practices and policies around the world using actual accident investigation examples where practical. Actual and hypothetical scenarios will be presented along with the pros and cons of various practices. The tutorial will explore beyond the current ICAO Annex 13 SARPS which are somewhat high level allowing States significant latitude with respect to interpretation. The old adage ‘the devil is in the details’ will be the basis for exploring beyond the words with the objective of stimulating healthy debate within the audience. Exploring actual and theoretical cases in detail may also reshape higher level perspectives currently articulated by ICAO and in many States local policies. With video advances in cell phones and go-pros, video (image) recording has never been more prevalent throughout the world in virtually every facet of life, yet despite recommendations from respected authorities close to 20 years ago, aviation, which is arguably one of the most regulated and safety conscious industries on the planet, still is without image recordings. The use of recordings for safety purposes other than by the authorities has arguably been increasingly prohibited rather than increasingly exploited based on long standing concerns that without these protections safety would in fact be compromised. The tutorial will attempt to explore these dilemmas that continue to challenge investigators in a rapidly evolving world that has access to information like never before. Please join us for what we hope to be an engaging and perhaps controversial discussion through audience participation in response to scenarios and ideas that will be presented.

Agenda Items

  1. Foundation: Technical overview of flight and voice data
  2. Flight Data Use Case Examples and Scenarios
  3. ICAO SARPS and international regulations related to Flight Data
  4. States policy/protocols for flight data
  5. Voice Use Case Examples and Scenarios
  6. ICAO SARPS and international regulations related to Flight Data
  7. States policy/protocols for voice data
  8. Use of and need for Image Recording Summary
  9. Live anonymous survey

Presented by:
Mike Poole, ISASI FRWG Chair
Frank Hilldrup, Chief Technical Advisor, International Aviation, NTSB

Survival Factors Tutorial

Monday, August 21, 2017 - Afternoon Session   (1:00 – 5:30)

The findings from past accident investigations have led to significant improvements in the fields of cabin safety and aircraft manufacturing, such as: 16G seats, lavatory smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, floor proximity emergency escape path markings, new requirements for cabin and insulation materials and inclusion of human performance training for cabin crew members. These improvements have increased the survivability of occupants involved in latter accidents and helped reduce fatalities among passengers and crew. Cabin safety aspects, including survival factors, should be addressed as part of the investigation process. However, these aspects are often overlooked. Therefore, States and industry may be missing out on the possibility for further safety enhancements

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) published the Manual on the Investigation of Cabin Safety Aspects in Accidents and Incidents (Doc 10062), in 2016, to encourage the uniform application of the Standards and Recommended Practices contained in Annex 13 — Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, particularly in relation to survival aspects. This manual provides information and guidance to States on the procedures, practices and techniques that may be used when investigating cabin safety aspects of an occurrence.

The survival factors tutorial is intended to develop competencies for persons involved in investigating cabin safety aspects of occurrences, including survival factors in accident investigations. It also provides general knowledge on ICAO provisions relevant to cabin safety and security contained in the ICAO Annexes along with an overview cabin operations, crew training, and cabin crew human performance issues which may be relevant to investigations. The tutorial gives participants in insight look at practical cases which involved survival factors, through investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Jason Fedok, NTSB
Martin Maurino, ICAO

Military Tutorial

Monday, August 21, 2017  (8:30 – 5:30)

Objectives of Tutorial:

This tutorial aims to have another gathering of international Military Accident Investigators to share knowledge on their respective capabilities, experiences, processes and procedures with a view to the development of future relationships and common practices. It follows the inaugural meeting of the European Military Air Safety Investigators Forum which took place April 2013, the three Military Air Safety Investigation Tutorials held during ISASI 2013, ISASI 2015 and ISASI 2016, and the Military Aviation Safety Workshop April 2016 in Albuquerque (USA). ISASI’s theme this year is “Investigations – Do they really make a difference?” These forums/tutorials draw a growing number of military investigators from across Europe, Australia, North America and Asia seeking to share their safety lessons.

The other goal of linking this tutorial to the 48th ISASI seminar is to benefit from the experience gained by the civil counterparts over the years. Participants to the tutorial are encouraged to register for the ISASI Seminar that will continue on 22, 23 and 24 August 2017 in San Diego, California, USA.

The main outputs of the presentations and discussions of this workshop will also be presented during the ISASI plenary session.


  • 0900 Opening and Introduction Jim Roberts, Boeing & Wing Commander Stuart Oliver, UK Defence AIB
  • 0915 "Losing one third of a fleet, the Australian CH-47 capability "MAJ Jason Otter - Australia MAJ David Wade
  • 0950 Introduction
  • 0955 Merging Commercial and Military Requirements in an SMS John Karstens / Alex Sidlowski – Boeing
  • 1025 Break
  • 1045 Introduction
  • 1050 Accident/Incident Investigations: An opportunity for the Manufacturer to enhance the Product Safety. The Airbus DS experience Jose Leopoldo Casado Corpas
  • 1125 Introduction
  • 1200 Lunch
  • 1330 Introduction
  • 1335 TBD
  • 1410 Introduction
  • 1415 The challenges of harmonizing the protection of sensitive safety data across borders in both civil and military investigations Olivier Ferrante - BEA France
  • 1445 Break
  • 1500 Introduction
  • 1505 Open Forum/Panel Discussion
  • 1535 Wrap-up and Conclusions Jim Roberts, Boeing & Wing Commander Neil Bishop, UK Defence AIB
  • 1615 Adjourn

Companion Program

Companion Tour Day 1:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Salute to San Diego: A Military-Themed SEAL Tour, Old Town Tour & Lunch

The day will start with a tour honoring the men and women who have and who are currently serving in the US military. Additionally, we will trace San Diego’s role in Navy and Marine Corps history. The adventure begins by boarding the amphibious SEAL vehicle for a drive along the beautiful Embarcadero of San Diego Bay, hearing tales of the earliest roles of the branches of service in our local history. Entering the water, the SEAL vehicle cruises alongside North Island Naval Station; this facility is known as the “Birthplace of Naval Aviation.” As the SEAL tour ends, guests will board the motor coach and travel to historic Old Town.

Known as the birthplace of California, Old Town teems with a lively, authentic atmosphere, boasting 17 museums and historical sites. Quaint boutiques, mouth-watering restaurants, colorful art galleries and festive theatres populate Old Town, making it a not-to-be-missed hot spot.

In Old Town, you will stop for an authentic Mexican lunch at Casa Guadalajara – one of San Diego’s most reputable Mexican restaurants! This spectacular venue is a welcoming landmark for Old Town San Diego, capturing the “Spirit of Mexico” at its best. Discover authentic regional Mexican cuisine presented with flair in beautiful dining rooms and patios, or enjoy our famous margaritas in the lively cantina.

  • 9:00 am Pick up from Hotel
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am Seal Tour
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch at Casa Guadalajara
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Old Town Tour
  • 3:00 pm Return to Hotel

Companion Tour Day 2:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
San Diego By Land & Shopping in La Jolla with Lunch

This morning you will head to La Jolla via guided motor coach. Along the way, you will see iconic areas such as the historic Gaslamp District, stunning Balboa Park, world-famous Coronado Island and historic Old Town!

“The jewel” is an apt description of La Jolla, a charming village located just north of downtown San Diego. La Jolla offers many upscale boutiques, fine restaurants, art galleries and the charm of a Mediterranean isle. Mixed in with the upscale boutiques are shops created for the shoppers who love to find a great bargain as well! Your excursion will begin with a narrated tour of La Jolla’s history and notable areas. After lunch, and an opportunity to get the lay of the land, guests will be dropped at a central location to wander the shops and explore the sights of the area.

  • 9:00 am Pick up from Hotel
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Guided City Tour & Shopping Tour
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch at George's in La Jolla
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Free time in La Jolla
  • 4:00 pm Return to Hotel

Special Program

Off Site Dinner:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
San Diego Air & Space Museum

Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Housed in the Ford Building from the California Pacific International Exposition of 1935, the museum features a life-sized replica of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, which was built in San Diego. The plane is suspended over the rotunda and greets guests as they enter. The main event space features historic military and commercial aircraft along with vintage automobiles. The museum’s outer ring is made up of exhibits highlighting the pioneers of aviation. The museum also features a display of space age technology that is sure to interest everyone.

  • 5:30 pm Pick up from the Hotel
  • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Cocktails and Dinner
  • 9:30 pm Return to the Hotel

Optional Tour:

Friday, August 25, 2017
Creatures of Habitat: San Diego Zoo & Lunch at Rondavel

Span the globe in one afternoon, viewing rare and intriguing wildlife from nearly every region of the world in just one location, the San Diego Zoo. Known for its large, naturalistic enclosures, guests to the Zoo become immersed in bio-climactic zones, such as Absolutely Apes, Tiger River, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge and the Owens Rainforest Aviary. Monkey Trails and Forest Tales- the Zoo’s largest and most elaborate animal habitat in its history- take guests on an excursion into Asian and African forests flourishing with some of nature’s most imperiled wildlife. The newest and most exciting exhibit is the 7-acre Elephant Odyssey, which follows the prehistoric path of the Elephant to its existence today.

Lunch will be served at Rondavel. This octagonal room has vaulted beamed ceilings and rich earth-tones, with floor-to ceiling picture windows overlooking an ornamental Asian garden complete with a koi pond and exotic waterfowl.

  • 9:00 am Pick up from the Hotel
  • 4:00 pm Return back to the Hotel
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Become an Exhibitor

For more information and the opportunity to participate in ISASI 2017, please contact Ron Schleede at RonSchleede@aol.com or Barbara Dunn at avsafe@shaw.ca.

Exhibitor forms are provide below.

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The success of our annual seminar is due in large part to the vital support from our Sponsors. For more information and the opportunity to participate in ISASI 2017, please contact Ron Schleede at RonSchleede@aol.com or Barbara Dunn at avsafe@shaw.ca.

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