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Bombardier Safety Standdown Latin America Returns to LABACE


Montréal - Bombardier Aerospace today announced that after a very successful launch last year, Safety Standdown Latin America is returning to Brazil for a second edition of the highly acclaimed seminar. The seminar is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, August 10, at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel on the eve of the opening of the eighth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).

Held in Wichita (Kansas), Geneva (Switzerland) and for a first time this year in Shanghai (China), Safety Standdown returns to Brazil, a key market for the development of business aviation.

“The Latin American business aviation market is very dynamic and LABACE provides us with the perfect venue to share the principles of Safety Standdown with a wide audience of professional aviators,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Having expanded the Safety Standdown seminar to now include events in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, we’re confident that this unique but essential knowledge-based training is reaching key growing markets for business aviation worldwide.”

The Latin American edition of Safety Standdown will feature a line-up of internationally renowned presenters: Captain Gene Cernan, United States Navy (ret.), Commander, Apollo 17; Dr. Tony Kern, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner, Convergent Performance, LLC, on safety culture; Kevin Gregory, Vice President and Senior Scientist, Alertness Solutions, on managing sleep and fatigue; Pat Daily, Executive Vice President, Convergent Performance, LLC, on avoidance and recovery techniques for in-flight upsets; Jason Taussig, Operations Training Supervisor, Denver International Airport on runway safety, and Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft, on safety and professionalism.

Safety Standdown is the first safety program of its kind that is developed primarily for professionals in the business aviation community, and to date, no other safety event held in Latin America has focused so exclusively on this industry. The world-class conference provides attendees with unprecedented insight into the human factors that cause errors and the latest training approaches – beyond the regulatory skill-based training – in order to avoid them.

This initiative can benefit all operators - regardless of the type of aircraft they fly or its manufacturer– as they discover first-hand how they can apply the latest safety intelligence and expertise to their operations.

Bombardier pioneering safety worldwide
Originally conceived as a safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly gained a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier’s customer base. In 1999, growing interest prompted Bombardier to open the event to all pilots – whether corporate, commercial or military. As a further means of endorsing the program, Bombardier has elected to offer this training free-of-charge to all participants.

Safety Standdown has been endorsed by top aeronautical training institutions for the quality and depth of its content. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the National Test Pilot School and NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) all offer continuing education credits to all attendees. As of June 2011, close to 5,000 pilots, crew members, safety specialists and industry officials have graduated from Safety Standdown.

On-line registration and additional details are available at

About Bombardier
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