IFA Seminars 2018

Our next IFA Conference will be held in Dubai during November 2018.    Further details to follow.


Our 2017 conference held in November was hosted by the HK CAD at their HQ.  IFA President, Frank Turner commented ‘the support given by Mr Li and his team was excellent and greatly contributed to the success of the event’.

This was the third Hong Kong Conference and attracted 140 delegates from across the Region.   For IFA CEO, John Vincent this was his first IFA Conference  and in the final closing he remarked ‘The rich content of the presentations has been impressive. Two days: Workshop and conference.  Such a range of experience and skill all in one place is rare.   The speakers:

  • Their passion is infectious;
  • Their knowledge is exceptional and
  • Their energy is contagious.

We are grateful for their commitment, time and preparation. This event has a unique flavour.  Dedicated to airworthiness. The contribution we make to safety is often hidden.  We must promote our achievements. Internationally, we need to share the things that work. In an ever-changing world, we need to renew our efforts.  Here we have done so.

Day 1 – Workshop
How can we enable the projected growth with NGAP?
(NGAP – Next Generation of Aviation Professionals is ICAO’s initiative launched in 2009)

After a welcome by Frank Turner participants heard presentations from HKIVE, KHPU and  finally Team DEALead – students from HK University presented their winning team project from an annual event held by AIRBUS.  Following there were 2 workshop sessions in which participants were asked to discuss two key questions about the challenges and enablers to address them.  You can find their responses in the shared presentations.

Day 2 – Conference
SMS – How can it make a real difference?

Mr Simon Li,  Director General of HK CAD opened the conference with a keynote address describing the route the HK CAD have taken to implementing SMS, their Safety Programme and the Risk Based Approach.

Presentations are available to view:
14th Nov – Workshop – NGAP
15th Nov – Conference – SMS 

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Session 1 Safety Leadership and Safety

Leadership, Expectations and Safety – Frank Turner, IFA President
Frank reflected on his past history, that Leadership is about being able to inspire teams of people to contribute to creating a compelling  Vision supported by a set of Values to deliver it. To have ownership of it, people had to be involved in its creation and all management must be seen to walk the talk.  Owning responsibility.  Knowing what is Expected when under pressure.  Understanding critical interfaces where immaculate communication is vital to safety

When Safety is being Challenged – Captain Chan described the challenges of the HK Government Flying Service. Both rotor wing and fix wing operations in hostile conditions.  Focusing on a practical approach to risk.

FRMS in Maintenance Operations – A Leadership Perspective – Mick Adams, VP MRO Services, Etihad spoke on safety leadership and culture.  Highlighting the values that make a difference.  Citing examples of a working safety group. Making sure ‘right’ becomes normal.

Session 2 Safety Assurance

Safety Performance Measurement & Monitoring for Maintenance Organisations – Mr Wong from CAAS.  2009 SMS mandate.  Highlights next SMS manual.  Framework.  3 levels for AMO: no-go, go-but and go-on.  Guidance often needed to be provided to industry.

Seven Deadly Hazards: Does your SMS address them?  IFA VP Australasia, Steve Swift.  Hype -v- evidence.  Provided his “dirty dozen”.  Talks about approaches: wait and see/safe life/fail safe/damage tolerance.  Lessons learned from experience.

Proactive Reporting – Mr Lee of HAESL – 900 staff. 1b HK$ turnover.  Presentation about its people.  The “safety walk”.  Team building.  How to get people involved.  Engagement and trust key.

Session 3 Performance Base Regulation and Risk Based Oversight

Integrated Approach of Risk, Compliance and Performance based Audit – Mr Manfred Leung, CAD HK.  Integrated approach.  SMM and SSP focus.  Data driven.  Performance Based Oversight (PBO).  5 groups of organisations.

A perspective on Performance Based Regulation(PBO) – John Vincent – PBO is often auditing against prescriptive rules.  For those reaching a level of SMS maturity may update rules to reflect a performance based approach.

Session 4 Prediction the Next Airworthiness Accident

The delegates were asked 2 key questions about predicting the next potential accident related to airworthiness.  You can find their responses in the shared presentations.