#SIAA2020 – three days and counting


(Posted 11th October 2020)


Dear ATCNews readers, colleagues, fellow & future aviators,

There are only 3 days left before the FREE 7th edition of our Safety in African Aviation conference starts 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 completion of the feedback survey.

Because of Corona, 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, through generous support of our loyal sponsors. It will be broadcast via the event website www.siaa2020.com where you can also register. We will be broadcasting from a professional studio in The Netherlands, for online viewing worldwide. Registration is required, still open now and FREE.

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

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from airlines, airports, regulators, and independent experts as they share and discuss solutions to core aviation safety challenges that our industry faces right now and over the coming years. 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
  • Emma Bwire, manager SHEQ & training, Swissport Kenya
  • Christopher McGregor, Head of Flight Safety, ATR
  • Allan Kilavuka, CEO Kenya Airways (pictured above)
  • Birgit Otto, Chief Operating Officer, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Silas Udahemuka, DG Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (pictured above)
  • Ms Boni Dibate, Director Africa Affairs, CANSO
  • Hassan Shahidi, CEO Flight Safety Foundation
  • Dr. Lucas van Gerwen, aviation psychologist & peer assistance expert
  • Alex Avedi, CEO Safarilink
  • Capt. Mary Mukulu Kai, Kenya (pictured above)
  • Ties van Zanten, manager aviation safety, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Jonathan Lewis, Managing Director NAC2000 groundhandling
  • Edward Jumi, IATA Global Aviation Data Management
  • Simon Knechtli, Managing Director Aerospace, Willis Tower Watson
  • Chamsou Andjorin, Director Africa & Middle East, Boeing
  • Gloria Kirabo Bitebekezi, Principal wildlife control, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
  • Frank van Houten, DutchRushNL aerobatics pilot & Captain Global 6000 at NetJets
    …and many, many more.

Key topics in SIAA2020 include:
1. Safety Management & the use of data for safety
2. Human factors & crew resource management in aviation operations & ATC
3. Aviation on the ground incl. flight dispatch, ground operations safety, airport wildlife management & runway safety.

For more in depth programme details of conference day 1, please click here. Stay up-to-date on program developments, also of episodes 2, 3 & 4 by joining the Foundation’s LinkedIn group that you can find by clicking here.

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 Emsiflybokoe & Austin-J, (young) aviator story telling, quizzes and a performance on the closing night be famous British Congolese comedian Eddie Kadi. Closing night access is only available to those who have participated in at least 3 of the afternoons. You stand a chance to win great prizes in each episode, ranging from vouchers for free online courses from our sponsors & partners, to an AviAssist gift box with cool branded gift or one of these 4 limited edition Star of Africa aviator watches, worth US$175 each! And don’t forget to tell all about it -we are ready to receive 10.000 African aviation professionals and students – be part of it and enroll today!

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