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CHC Safety & Quality Summit rounds into shape

In its 12 year history, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit has grown to become an industry-leading aviation safety event. This year’s event will take place Sept. 27 through Sept. 29 at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center located in Grapevine, Tx., near CHC’s global headquarters.

September 12, 2017  By CHC Group

Each year, this three-day Summit draws hundreds of attendees from across the globe who gather to learn from leading experts in aviation, oil & gas and safety industries. Speakers share best practices and present on topics with an aim toward making the helicopter transport and aviation industry better through promoting excellence in safety and human factors, and maintaining a robust safety environment.

The theme for this year is: “Can we truly manage all the risk: What if the barriers are not as robust as they seem?” In the aviation and oil & gas industries, organizations strive to put barriers in place to mitigate risk and ensure the highest level of safety possible. However, there will always be room for improvement. If the barriers are not strong enough or if there are undetected gaps in safety policies or practices, unsafe situations can occur. The goal for this year’s theme is for delegates to discuss how to strengthen and improve those barriers, which will help continue to build a robust safety culture across our industry.

Attendees are invited to gather with colleagues and industry professionals to collaborate and share safety best practices. Delegates at this year’s event will have the unique opportunity to hear from John Foley, Organizational and Personal Performance Expert, Former Lead Solo Pilot, U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, at the opening day gala dinner. Delegates are invited to open the Summit by attending an address by Karl Fessenden, President and CEO, CHC Helicopter, followed by the open plenary sessions led by Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Project & Programme Management from the Cranfield School of Management, and Dr. Nicklas Dahlstrom, Human Factors Manager from Emirates Flight Operations Training.

Registration for this event is now open. To register or learn more about the 13th annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, visit:, or email



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