PACDEFF/AAvPA 2018 Conference Program

PACDEFF 2018 will be a three day conference consisting of two days of world class presentations and one day of contemporary and relevant workshops. It will be fully combined with the biennial symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAvPA).

It will be held over 7-9 November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach, Sydney.

The following is the conference program:

Day 1 – 7 Nov

0900-0915                 Welcome

0915-1000                  Keynote 1 – Professor Nancy Leveson (MIT)

1000-1045                  Keynote 2 – Dr Sarah Fletcher (Cranfield University)

1045-1115                   Morning Tea

Plenary Forum 1

1115-1135 The role of experience upon instrument scan strategy in ab initio pilots – Matthew Ebbatson (Swinburne University)

1135-1155 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) COMPASS Validation Study – Kanice Phee (Royal Singapore Air Force)

1155-1215 The benefits of diversity for a Safety Management System – Jo Hamilton (RAAF Specialist Reserves)

Plenary Forum 2

1115-1145                    Trust Culture: Creating an Environment for Safety and Learning – Mark Hughes (CAANZ)

1145-1215                    An update on FRMS and the CAO 48.1 Review  – Robert Forster-Lee (CASA)

1215-1315                    Lunch

1315-1345                  Germanwings 9525: An accident and its Impact on Crews, Operation and the Organisation – Capt. Ralph Grünewald (GermanWings)

1350-1420                  Assertiveness in the Flight Deck: Evaluating Airline Pilot Attitudes Toward Use of the Support Process – Brent Hayward (Dédale Asia Pacific)

1420-1510                 Afternoon Tea

Plenary Forum 1

 1510-1530                  Safety Management and Safety Culture in domestic commercial vessels: Where are we? – Dr. Michelle Grech, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

1530-1550                  Optimising Non-Technical Markers as part of an evidence-based safety management system (SMS) – Carolyn Vaughan (Qantas)

1550-1610                  Implementing a global resilience wellbeing program in a multinational company – Nicole Gray (The Keil Centre)

1615-1635                  Human Factors – challenging some industry norms and exploring where to from here – William Kerr

1635-1655                  The Norfolk Island Westwind ditching: What can we all learn? – Dr. Mike Walker, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Plenary Forum 2

 1510-1530                  Flying the Now – Matt Harris, Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand

1530-1550                  Exploring the decisions behind fatal flights into adverse weather: safety investigation challenges and outcomes – Heather Fitzpatrick  (Australian Transport Safety Bureau)

1550-1610                  Investigating miscommunication in commercial aviation between pilots and air traffic controllers – Qiong Wu, (University of New South Wales)

1615-1635               ‘An Airbus wouldn’t do that!’ & ‘Boeing eye for the Airbus Guy’ Joint presentation – Capt. Alex Roberts, (Tigerair) and Capt. Paul Treseder, (Qantas)

1900-1930                  Pre-dinner drinks

1930-2300                  Conference Dinner – Crowne Plaza

Day 2 – 8 Nov

0900-0910                  Welcome

0910-0955                  Keynote 3 – Professor Mark Griffin (University of WA)

1000-1045                  Keynote 4 – Assoc. Professor Alison McDonald (EBT Foundation)

1045-1115                  Morning Tea

AAvPA Plenary Forum

 1115-1140                   Plenary Presentation TBA – Greg Hood (Australian Transport Safety Bureau)

1140-1205                  AAvPA Panel Discussion (Topic TBA) – Greg Hood, Prof. Nancy Leveson, Dr Sarah Fletcher

1205-1300                  Lunch

PACDEFF Plenary Forum

 1115-1140                  Overview of an Airline CRM and RRM Program – Capt. Lee Kinnebrew (Southwest Airlines)

1140-1205                  NTS training – An integrated approach – Rick Sellers (Convergent Safety)

1205-1300                 Lunch

 Flight Crew Forum

1300-1325                  Decision Making: The Paradox of Intuition – Professor Jim Sheffield (Victoria University) and Dr Laurie Earl (CAANZ)

1325-1350                   Resilience in Flight Operations – Capt. Steve Swauger (Southwest Airlines Pilot Association)

1355-1420                   Introducing Airline Startle and Surprise Programs – Edzard Boland (NLR) and Capt. Jeroen van Rooy (KLM)

1420-1445                   “Four to Go, One to say No”: The Myths, Challenges and Hard-Realities of a Generative Safety Culture in Helicopter Emergency Services – Adrian Park (Toll Logistics)

1445-1515                    Afternoon Tea

1515-1540                   A Possible Use of Virtual Reality Gameplay Techniques for Non-Technical Skills Training – Denis Manson (Aviation Australia)

1540-1605                   The Hard Sell: Selling NTS to Those Who are Most Resistant to it, and Likely Most in Need of Improvement in Their NTS Skills – Chris Burnie (NTS Facilitator/First Officer Virgin Australia)

1610-1635                   HIMS in Australia – Substance Use Disorder Resources for Pilots – Dr Russell Brown and Capt. Matthew O’keeffe (HIMS Australia Advisory Group)

1635-1700                  Aviation Resilience and Decision-making Training: The Way Ahead – Capt. Waldo Cerdan (Inisphere)

Cabin Crew Forum

1300-1325: “Self-control and Managing Difficult Emotions in Cabin Crew – Gosia Wroblewska (University of London)

1325-1350: “A friend in need: Cabin Crew and Aeromedical Crew Sharing Experiences with Peer Support Programs” Mark Holmes (NSW Aeromedical Services Education Working Group/Flight Nurse Midwife Educator)

1355-1445: “Crew Non-Technical Skills – the tale of two cultures. Communication with cabin crew on board from a flight crew perspective” Scott McNichol (First Officer/ NTS facilitator, Virgin Australia)

1445-1515: Afternoon Tea

1515-1655                    Personality Workshop

Dealing with Difficult Personalities in Aviation – Tony Merritt (Sydney Clinical Psychology)

Personality is central to how we function and interact at work. When placed under pressure personality becomes either a resilience factor or a vulnerability. Unhelpful traits can be turned up and adaptive coping gets turned down. How we deal with someone with a difficult personality can become more challenging as their stress increases. It requires an understanding of personality traits and the self-defeating patterns they can drive. This workshop will look at several models of personality and self-defeating patterns, and consider some approaches and strategies for dealing with difficult people at work.  

ATC/General Forum

1300-1325                  An Eye Tracking Study of Radar Controllers – Nicola Hancock (ACNZ)

1325-1350                   Maximising Time at Optimum Flight Levels and Allowing More Efficient use of Oceanic Airspace – Bill Appleby (ACNZ)

1355-1420                   Airways NZ PULSE – the BEAT goes on! – Craig Smith (ACNZ) (TBC)

1420-1445                   Human Factors in Rail Investigations – Kerri Garland

1445-1515                   Afternoon Tea

1515-1540                   Psychometric and Organisational Predictors of Perceived Risk: An Aviation Human Factors Perspective – Asst. Prof. Amadeus Kubicek (Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi)

1540-1605                   Utilising big data within the aviation safety world – Carmen Handford (UNSW – ADFA)

1610-1635                 Service Provider Safety Investigation and Improving Safety Outcomes – Richard Davies, Wayne Jones, Paula Gray (Aviation Safety Institute)

1635-1700                 Common Human Factors considerations that emerge during regulatory surveillance activities – Dr Selina Fothergill (UQ/CASA)

AAvPA Psychology Forum

1300-1320                  Exploring the relationship between sleep, fatigue and operational performance – Norman MacLeod (Cathay Pacific)

1320-1340                   Correlations of Flight Time Limitations, Fatigue, Employment Conditions and Airline Pilot’s mental fitness – Dr. Marion Venus (University of Bern)

1345-1405                   Using Data Analytics to Generate Human Performance Insights Within Safety-critical Systems – Dr. Adam Fletcher & Andrew Boscence (Integrated Safety Support)

1405-1425                   Fatigue in Australian commercial air transport – Stephanie Sabadas (Australian Transport Safety Bureau)

1425-1445                   Measuring pilots’ sleep, cognitive performance and fatigue within an international mission-critical services aviation setting – Dr Adam Fletcher, Karen Heathcote et al. (Integrated Safety Support)

1445-1515                  Afternoon Tea

1510-1530                   Pilot drowsiness and the questions that it raises about Fatigue and safe flight operations – Mark Corbett (Swinburne University)

1530-1550                   Methodology for the evaluation of decision making processes: Pilot study – Casey James & Julie Bayley (Ergonomie)

1550-1610                   Aircraft Noise over time effect Recognition Memory? – Assoc. Prof. Brett Molesworth (UNSW)

1610-1630                   Unpacking Startle – WT? WT! and WT… – Jo Hamilton (RAAF Specialist Reserves)

1635-1700 Seeing it Like it is – Making Use of Eye tracking in Pilot Training – Dr. Patrizia Knabl (Emirates)

Day 3 – 9 Nov

AAvPA Psychology Forum

0900-0925                   Working safely in conditions of complexity and uncertainty: lessons from healthcare – Dr. Robyn Clay-Williams (Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Macquarie University)

0925-0950                   Human Factors maturity in Health CareMiranda Cornelissen (Safer Care Victoria)

0950-1015                   Employees’ Task Load and Income: Associations with Safety Events attributed to human error Dr. Nektarious Karanikas (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

1015-1045                   Morning Tea

1045-1110                   Human Factors of Standardisation and Automation in Maritime Navigation Equipment – Mal Christie (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

1110-1135                   The relationship between Cue Acquisition and Pilot PerformanceNadya Yuris (Macquarie University)

1135-1200                   Flight crew reporting behavior and trust in Just Culture policiesKevin McMurtrie (University of New South Wales)

1200-1300                   Lunch

PACDEFF Workshops

0900-1200                  Workshop 1 – Engineering HF Workshop – Gareth McGraw (Qantas)

0900-1200                  Workshop 2 – Training in the Future – What will it Look Like, What are the Challenges, and Who will be our Trainees? – Martin Egerth (Lufthansa)

1200-1300                  Lunch

1300-1600                  Workshop 3 – Managing Cases within a Pilot Peer Support Program – Capt. Chris Smith (Jetstar)

1300-1600                  Workshop 4 – Integration of LOSA Information into an Airline Evidence Based Training Regime – Prof. Patrick Murray & Assoc. Prof. Allison McDonald (EBT Foundation)

1300-1600                   Workshop 5 (AAvPA) – Research Basics for Practitioners – Prof. Mark Wiggins (Macquarie University) (TBC)

PACDEFF and AAvPA Standby Presentations

  • Louise Kirkwood and team – ‘Business as Usual – Integrating Human Factors Across your Safety Management System (SMS)’
  • Jo Hamilton – ‘The Benefits of Diversity for a Safety Management System’







Social Events


The following social events are preliminarily planned to allow networking opportunities:

6 Nov

Informal Welcome Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach (1700-1900)

7 Nov

Conference Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach 

8 Nov

Offsite Dinner Excursion – Barzura Coogee Beach


Call for speakers


Applications are now open for speakers for the 2018 Conference, so please feel free to provide us with an overview of your prospective topic via the ‘Çontact Us’ Link on the top menu.