GWBAA Announces Keynote for 14th Annual Safety Standdown

Feb. 10, 2020

The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA) is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the 14th Annual Safety Standdown will be Robert Agostino, Director, Flight Operations, Group Holdings Aviation. The event will be held on March 26, 2020, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia.

Mr. Agostino is a recipient of the Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation award as well as several other NBAA safety awards. He was selected for the 2003 Laureate Award the 2007 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award. The first recipient of the Business & Commercial Aviation Vision Award, he has also received commendations from the FAA, US Navy, and the FBI for his pioneering work in aviation safety. A nine-time world record holder, Agostino’s career totals more than 40 years of corporate flight operations.

Other agenda highlights include Sheryl Clarke, Director of Safety, Jet Linx, discussing “System Safety from the Top Down.” Clarke will share lessons learned from two accidents and how to incorporate them into a safety culture. Also speaking will be Paul Lewandowski, Chief Inspector, LNK, Duncan Aviation.

This year’s Hot Topics Panel will address issues such as Single Pilots Ops, Fuel Contamination and the latest on Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).

“We are excited to have been able to put together such a quality program of speakers again this year for our membership, said Caleb Stitely, Safety Standdown Chair, GWBAA, adding that our keynote, Robert Agostino, was the creator of the Bombardier Safety Standdown and one of the main reasons organizations like GWBAA hold these safety events today.”

There will be a reception the evening prior to the event to provide an additional opportunity for networking. The full agenda is now posted as well as information on registration and sponsorship.

Other GWBAA events include the 2020 Open House and Aircraft Display event on April 28, 2020, and the GWBAA 16th Annual Golf Classic Tournament on September 17, 2020.