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July 23, 2012 12:00 ET

Bombardier Committed to Continuing Safety Education in Latin America with Bigger and Better Safety Standdown

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - July 23, 2012) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an expanded Safety Standdown Latin America will return to Brazil in conjunction with the ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE). The highly acclaimed two-day seminar will take place August 13-14, at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel.

In its third year in Latin America, Safety Standdown will expand from last year's single-day general session to include a half day of workshops designed to give attendees an opportunity to gain further knowledge, in a small classroom setting, on topics not covered in the general session.

"The Latin American market continues to grow and LABACE provides us with the perfect opportunity to share the principles of Safety Standdown with a wide audience of industry professionals," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "With Safety Standdown seminars taking place in North America, Asia and Latin America, we're confident that this unique, but essential, knowledge-based training is reaching key growing markets for business aviation the world over. Furthermore, safety is the entire industry's responsibility. That is why Safety Standdown is accessible to all aviation professionals."

This year's Latin America edition of Safety Standdown will feature internationally esteemed presenters that include: Captain Gene Cernan, United States Navy (ret.), Commander, Apollo 17, Guest Speaker; Dr. Tony Kern, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Convergent Performance, LLC, on safety culture; Glenn Harmon, Associate Professor, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, on combating fatigue issues; Paul "BJ" Ransbury, President, Aircraft Performance Solutions, on aircraft handling in terms of upset recovery and avoidance techniques; Captain Rick Rowe, Manager, Safety Standdown, Bombardier Aerospace, on human error; Pat Daily, Executive Vice President, Convergent Performance, LLC, on stress management; and Dr. Dan Boedigheimer, Consultant, Convergent Performance, LLC, on aircraft performance.

Safety Standdown is the first program of its kind that is developed primarily for professionals in the aviation industry, and to date, no other safety event held in Latin America has had such an exclusive focus on this industry. The world-class conference provides an unprecedented insight into the human factors that cause errors and the latest training approaches - beyond the regulatory skill-based training - in order to avoid them. This initiative can benefit all operators - irrespective of the type of aircraft they fly or its manufacturer - as they can discover first-hand how they can apply the latest safety intelligence and expertise to their operations.

Bombardier pioneering safety worldwide

Originally conceived in 1996 as a safety-training event for the Learjet flight demonstration team, the conference quickly garnered a reputation for excellence beyond Bombardier's customer base. In 1999, Bombardier opened the seminar to all pilots - corporate, commercial or military - in response to growing interest. Bombardier has elected to offer this training free-of-charge to all participants, in order to further endorse the program.

Safety Standdown has been endorsed by top aeronautical training institutions for the quality and depth of its content. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) offer continuing education credits to all attendees. As of June 2012, more than 5,600 pilots, crew members, safety specialists and industry officials have graduated from Safety Standdown.

On-line registration and additional details are available at

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