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Held annually since 1947, the Flight Safety Foundation’s International Air Safety Summit (IASS) is aviation’s premier international safety summit, drawing as many as 325 representatives from 50+ countries to exchange information and propose new directions for making the safest mode of transportation even safer. 

The Flight Safety Foundation are offering GFSC members a special discount to attend the IASS in 2016. If you wish to find out more about this discount please contact us.

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GFSC meetings will follow a two-day format. From 2015 onwards we will have 2 meetings per year, in April and October. We will also host an Aviation Safety Summit in December each year. 

Our next meeting will be held on the 5th and 6th of October in Abu Dhabi. The venue for the meeting is the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies, located at Al Batteen Executive Airport. 

Please make a note for your calendar and if you are planning to attend email the GFSC Secretary info@gfsc.aero.

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GFSC Membership is open to all aviation related organization in the Gulf region who want to be part of a safety-focused group. There are many benefits of membership, however the most important is the sole focus of continous improvement of safety through information and experience sharing.

Aviation is a complex and fast-moving environment. There is no way that one company can learn and improve simply based on their own experiences. The GFSC provides you with a network of safety professionals with which you can network, share experiences, discuss challenges and develop strategies. This is all done in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is based on a continous improvement culture.

For more information about joining the GFSC feel free to contact our Membership Coordinator directly on membership@gfsc.aero.

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In any organization feedback is extremely important. The Executive Committee of the GFSC wants to get feedback from members on how we can improve and what you want to hear about.

This is especially important for our meetings as our members can let us know what topics they want to hear more about or which expert speakers we can discuss. One of the core principles of the GFSC is the sharing of safety information, which we strive hard to do. We can only focus our energies and time properly if we have productive feedback from our members on what the key issues are at the moment. 

To provide feedback on any aspect of the GFSC please feel free to contact our Chairman directly. This ensures that he can make sure your feedback counts and is taken into consideration. Contact him on chair@gfsc.aero

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Under the auspices of the Gulf Flight Safety Council, the second Gulf Flight Data Forum meeting was held on December 7/8, hosted by Emirates Airline.

The meeting was held over two days with 6 airlines sharing statistical flight data on the first day, while the second day was open to all airlines based in the general region who operated a Flight Data Monitoring programme. The statistical flight data sharing provided valuable insights for the participants of day one. Specifically, by sharing it gave them a benchmark to compare their statistical values to other airlines. Possible causes of the differences in statistical values gave an indication on how improvements could be made to specific areas of monitoring or risk.

On the second day the discussion on benchmarking was expanded on how to set safety performance indicators using flight data. FDM techniques and best practices were reviewed and it was identified that most operators face similar issues in extracting safety-enhancing information from flight data and integrating the information directly into their Safety Management software. Direct contacts between flight data analysts were established, enabling them to more easily solve technical issues. Apart from discussions pertaining to the technicalities of collecting, decoding and validating flight data, common tools and statistical analysis techniques were presented.

The meeting members agreed that following international trends, enhanced regional industry regulation and oversight would likely see regional regulators require greater visibility of flight data monitoring programmes. The Gulf Flight Data Forum presents a good forum to aid operators in establishing industry "best practice" programmes.

The next two-day meeting is planned for March 2015 immediately prior to the next GFSC meeting. Those operators wanting further information on this regional initiative may contact hasan.mir@emirates.com or dave.stobie@emirates.com for details.

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