Aeronautical Society gearing up for annual conference


The Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) is gearing up for its annual conference next week under the theme ‘African Aerospace – Innovation and Passion.

The conference takes place on 16-18 October 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

“To thrive in the aerospace industry today, one cannot be mediocre. Competing on the world stage requires innovative, world-leading components, technologies, aircraft and systems. Passion is what helps one to stay the course for development in aerospace”, said AeSSA President Marié Botha.

Speakers at the 2019 event will include Ricardo Traven, Chief Test Pilot – Boeing Charleston; Billie Flynn, F-35 Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin; Major Nandi Zama, C-130 pilot with the South African Air Force; and Captain Martin Louw, Comair.

Another highlight on the programme is the panel discussion on the topic, Automation – Unintended Consequences on Pilot Handling Skills and Aviation Safety. This discussion will be facilitated by retired South African Air Force Major General Des Barker. Panel members are Billie Flynn, Lockheed Martin; Captain Scully Levin, Mango; Captain Martin Louw, Comair; Captain Stefan Popwara, SAA; Ricardo Traven, Boeing Charleston; and Captain Glen Warden, Comair. The programme will also have various technical presentations over two days by participants from industry, government, science councils and agencies, and academia.

To complement this technical programme, various networking events are included. The Women in Aerospace Breakfast on 17 October is open to both women and men, and the conference programme concludes with a visit to The Airplane Factory, south of Johannesburg, on 18 October.

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