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Gliding Australia Skyward Summit
Elevating Safety and Community in Gliding

Brisbane, Saturday 20 April 2024

Enjoy a day of education and social interaction in a fun, lively atmosphere.

Skills and Challenges
Increase your understanding of safety priorities, issues and challenges, and gain insights into the safety impacts of Part 149.

During face-to-face quality presentations, combined with feedback and debate, you will help develop a holistic approach to safety in all aspects of gliding including operations, airworthiness and high-performance soaring, contributing to a safer sport for all.

This event is a great opportunity to meet other glider pilots, GA department heads, CASA sporting and stakeholder officers.

Meet old friends and make new contacts over tea/coffee, lunch and drinks .

Thinking Beyond the Seminar: discuss and stimulate new thoughts to plan for the future.

Who Should Attend?
Committee Members, CFIs, Assistant CFIs, Safety Officers, Instructors, Tuggies, your club's members

Promotional and educational materials provided.

"Safety should be first and foremost in a Glider Pilot's mind. Gliding Australia has developed a very comprehensive program for this seminar, drawing attention to a range of safety issues and how to safely enjoy our sport. I recommend everyone to make every effort to attend." 

Lindsay Mitchell
GQ President

Includes: Refreshments, Lunch and Networking Drinks Reception
Time: Coffee at 8.30am for 9am start, speaker sessions, Networking Lunch
and Networking Drinks 3.30 - 4.30pm

The Pavillions - quality venue overlooking the Allan Border field

Lucky Door Prizes - including One Year Gliding Australia Membership worth $363

TICKETS:  $55  -  Juniors $25



8.30am - Coffee / tea Meet and Greet

Welcome & Introduction
Gliding Australia CEO Doug Flockhart

Strategic Safety Imperatives

Drew McKinnie, Safety Manager

Safety Trends & Priorities - Safety Delivery Context
Departmental safety overview, safety priorities and focus in operations and airworthiness, tackling old and new challenges.

Drew McKinnie, Safety Manager

Operations Issues & Safety Focus Areas

Aaron Stroop, Chair of Operations
David Boulter, Executive Manager Operations

10.15am - Networking Coffee Break

Airworthiness Issues and Safety Focus Areas
Personal safety and NIF dimensions - Integrity Inclusion and fairness - Behaviour and culture

Anthony Smith, Chair Airworthiness

Personal Safety and National Integrity Framework
NIF Overview & Club level impacts

Amanda VanderWal, Club Development
Lisa Turner, GA Board

Morning Roundup - Summary of key points and Q&A

CEO Doug Flockhart

12.15pm  Networking Lunch

Mixing Gliding Operations Safely with Other Airspace Users
This CASA presentation will look at the challenges posed when gliding and other operations are mixed. CASA will provide insights and discuss priorities for safer mixed operations in shared airspace and aerodromes.

Introduction by Drew McKinnie
CASA Guest Speaker TBA

Cross Country Performance and Flying Safety
Mixing Safely Themes

Panel Session:  Anthony Smith, Chair Airworthiness
Craig Vinal, Chair Soaring Development
Aaron Stroop, Chair of Operations

Part 149 Implications for Departments and Clubs
Bringing GA Members along to drive needed changes.

Panel Session: Aaron Stroop, Anthony Smith, Drew Mckinnie

Positive Safety Culture Change, Education & Awareness Challenges

Drew McKinnie

Challenges and Priorities to Build Better Safety Outcomes
Changing Imperatives and Building Club Awareness and Support

Panel Session: Doug Flockhart,
Aaron Stroop, Anthony Smith, Craig Vinal, Lisa Turner
Amanda VanderWal, Drew McKinnie

Conclusions, Commitments Q&A
Doug Flockhart

3.30 - 4.30pm Networking Drinks