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Prof Graham Braithwaite delivers the Air Law Group's 2013 summer lecture. Prof Braithwaite's lecture considered the current state of aviation safety and the various mechanisms that help us to achieve superior performance. From the detailed forensic analysis of aircraft accidents to data-hungry techniques such as flight data monitoring, safety management has evolved significantly. However, with the rise of safety management systems, are we at risk of forsaking apparently reactive techniques for a more speculative era of predictive safety? With ever higher stakes, can the industry afford to do anything else?

About the speaker:

Prof Graham Braithwaite, Head, Department of Air Transport, Cranfield University

Graham is Course Director for the world-renowned Aircraft Accident Investigation; Fundamentals of Accident Investigation; and Accident Investigation for Aviation Management continuing professional development courses. His research interests are in accident and incident investigation, human factors, safety management and the influence of culture on safety. Graham joined Cranfield in 2003 as Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre and became Head of the Department of Air Transport in 2006. Graham holds a BSc(Hons) in Transport Management and Planning and a PhD in Aviation Safety Management from Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. 

Royal Aeronautical Society
3 July 2013