This year's lecture was entitled 'Improving Instructor Standards and Regulating for the Best Safety Use of Flight Simulators' presented by Roger Weeks, Senior Manager Operations Safety at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia.
About the Speaker:
Roger Weeks, Senior Manager Operations Safety at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia.
Roger Weeks has been involved in the aviation industry for over 25 years, and for the last ten years has been with Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Roger is currently the Senior Manager Operations Strategy, responsible for CASA’s largest front-line Division. He is also responsible for managing the transition program of all air operator and maintenance authorisation holders to Australia’s new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. This is a significant program scheduled to go through to about 2025, with an estimated out-year budget of $48M. Joining CASA in 2005 initially as a Regional Manager, Roger established the Flight Training and Testing Office. He then formed the Flying Standards Branch, designed to improve standardisation in both General Aviation and airline pilot training, approving flight simulators, as well as managing the flying training for CASA’s inspectorate. In industry, Roger held Chief Pilot and Chief Flying Instructor positions as well as being a Flight Examiner. His last role prior to joining CASA saw him as the Chief Flying Instructor of one of Australia’s largest flying schools, with a team of over 50 flying instructors, a fleet of more than 40 aircraft and flight operations which logged over 27,000 hours per annum. Roger previously held the rank of Wing Commander in the Australian Air Force Cadets (the cadet branch of the Royal Australian Air Force), and was the Officer Commanding Air Training Wing.