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CANBERRA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL AIR SAFETY INVESTIGATORS SEMINAR

The lessons learned from past and current accident and incident investigations are making air travel safer for all people, the Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support, Senator Bob Collins, said today.

Senator Collins made this statement today while announcing the International Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) seminar, to be held at the Lakeside Hotel in Canberra from 4-7 November.

ISASI seminars are held annually to enable members to share their expertise with their international counterparts.

'Each year ISASI members, who include leaders in the field of air safety investigations, come together to present papers on air safety issues and the results of investigations into incidents and accidents', Mr Collins

said. .

'Over 30 speakers from the USA, Canada, England and Australia will present papers at the seminar on topics which vary from from the results of air crash investigations to the problems of having accident prevention measures accepted and implemented.

'We will be privileged to have speakers like Mick Charles, Principal Inspector, Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch, Department of Transport, England, who was in charge of investigations into the Lockerbie disaster, talking about correcting mistakes made through human error.

'James Reason, Professor of Psychology, Manchester University, England, will present a paper on a revolutionary new approach to looking at psychological factors in investigations and staff training.

'Among the many international presenters are Australian presenters like Ron Cooper, General Manager, Safety Regulation and Standards, Civil Aviation Authority, who will talk about accident prevention', he said.

Internationally ISASI has 1120 individual members who come from government accident investigation organizations, aviation safety related fields, such as regulatory agencies, aircraft manufacturer~ - · ■ · * — ■ and safety organisations.

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As well as individual members ISASI has 78 corporate members including sixteen airlines, fourteen aircraft manufacturers, six state administration investigation organisations, several Civil Aviation Authorities, and many

insurance underwriters. These corporate members provide expertise and practical experience, as well as financial support to ISASI.

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