Reykjavik Flight Safety Symposium

Due to sudden changes regarding the Covid-19 epidemic, we must react accordingly and will stream the event over the internet. The conference will still be held at Hilton Hotel Nordica, open by invitation only and we urge you to watch the live stream.

A link to the live stream will be available on our website tomorrow.

Tickets that have been purchased via will be refunded upon request sent to

Lecturers are:

  • Dr. Sara Barsotti, of the Icelandic Met Office - Responding to explosive eruptions in Iceland: changes and improvements over the last 10 years
  • Dr. Roy Clarkson from Rolls Royce - Volcanic ash and aviation - 10 years from Eyjafjallajökull
  • Harry Nelson, a former test pilot for Airbus - Are we ready for the challenges of tomorrow?
  • Hlín Hólm, chair of NAT-SPG - NAT-SPG
  • Capt. Antti Tuori, MD, from IFALPA’s HUPER committee - Pilot's health - risks and solutions

Read more about the lecturers here.


For further information contact the FIA office at 599-1192 or via e-mail

Recordings from previous years can be found here below:


In 2019, the RFSS was held on April 11th, at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. The speakers that participated this year were the following. By clicking their names you will be forwarded to a recording of their speeches:

Here you can watch the entire symposium including some words from Jens Þórðarson (Icelandair), Jeroene Kruse (ECA) and final words from FÍA President, Örnólfur Jónsson.

Högni B. Ómarsson, FÍA's Secretary, moderated the event.



“Overview and introduction to satellite based air navigation in Iceland”

Arnór Bergur Kristinsson, Project Manager at Isavia

“Cyber threats”

Chris Johnson PhD, Head of Computing at the University of Glasgow

Recording not available.

“The history of contaminated air on aircraft and the solutions available”

“Why EBT?”

Arnar J Agnarsson, Training Captain at Icelandair

“Is resilience a valuable skill in aviation?”

Gitte Damm, Founder of “About Human Factors”

“Future of MET ANSP”

Theodór Freyr Hervarsson, Director of Business Development, Icelandic Met Office

Björn Sævar Einarsson, Coordinator for MET services, Icelandic Met Office


“Just Culture”

Oliver Ingenrieth, Safety officer, Air Berlin

“Occurance reporting”

Sólveig Ragnarsdottir, Flight Safety Analyst, ICETRA

“Volcano watch”

Sara Barsotti, Volcanic Hazards Coordinator, Icelandic Met Office

“Developing Flight Deck Challenges”

Chris Glaeser, Former Global Dir. of Safety IATA

“NAV/COM development in BIRD”

Sigurjón Jónasson, ICEATCA, ISAVIA

“New tools for investigators - New challenges”

Þorkell Ágústsson, ITSB