Safety in African Aviation Conference – three weeks and counting


(Posted 25th September 2020)


SiAA 2020 Free Virtual Safety Conference

Dear colleague, fellow & future aviator,

There are only 3 weeks left before the 7th edition of our Safety in African Aviation conference on the 14, 15, 21 & 22 October from 12:50 to 15:45 Central African Time.

The AviAssist Foundation is committed to your lifelong learning. We don’t just say that, we also give you the chance to practice it.

You will receive a certificate of attendance from the Foundation, after attending at least 3 of our sessions for their full duration and completing the feedback survey.
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Because of Covid-19, this year’s edition of our annual conference will be entirely virtual and spread over 4 afternoons. Access will be FREE – the Foundation’s gift to the industry’s post-COVID-19 recovery. It will be broadcast via the event website where you can also register. We will be broadcasting from a professional studio in The Netherlands, for online viewing worldwide.

Picture of a Keynote Speaker, Yvonne Makolo CEO of RwandAir
This year’s theme is “Maturing Safety Management Systems (SMS) & State Safety Programs (SSP)”. More details and the full program for all 4 afternoons can be found on the event website where you can also register here
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from airlines, airports, regulators, and independent experts as they discuss core aviation safety challenges that they are facing right now and over the coming years, as well as potential solutions to overcome them. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask your questions to a large team of moderators, and the Q&A panel in the studio.

Speakers from across the industry and the world will provide their insights into sustaining the safety leap that Africa has made in the past 5 years. Key speakers & table guests include:

  • Yvonne Makolo, CEO, RwandAir – opening address (pictured above)
  • Capt. Gilbert Kibe, Director General Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
  • Christopher McGregor, Head of Flight Safety, ATR
  • Alex Avedi, CEO Safarilink
  • Birgit Otto, Chief Operating Officer, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Silas Udahemuka, Director General Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority
  • Ms Boni Dibate, Director Africa Affairs, CANSO
  • Hassan Shahidi, CEO Flight Safety Foundation
  • Allan Kilavuka, CEO Kenya Airways
  • Ties van Zanten, manager aviation safety, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Jonathan Lewis, Managing Director NAC2000 groundhandling
  • Simon Knechtli, Managing Director Aerospace, Willis Tower Watson
  • Chamsou Andjorin, Director Africa & Middle East, Boeing
    …and many, many more.

Still not sure if you should attend? Let us help you….
Next to bright ideas on safety, we’ll also be entertaining you with Afrobeat DJs, stand-up comedy, (young) aviator story telling & quizzes. You stand a chance to win great prizes in each episode, ranging from vouchers for online courses from our sponsors & partners, to an AviAssist gift box with cool branded gifts, or even one of 4 (limited edition) Star of Africa aviator watches, worth US$175 each!

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Our program with further information, and registration, is available on the conference website,

And don’t forget: please forward this email to anyone in the African aviation industry who you think would find our conference beneficial – we are ready to receive 10.000 African aviation professionals and students – be part of it and enroll today!

Yours in safety,

The AviAssist Team – by your side throughout your career

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