The Icelandic Airline Pilots' Association organizes the annual Reykjavik Flight Safety Symposium. The seventh conference will be held on October 12th 2023 in Gullhamrar.
The goal of the conference is to share information and create a platform for discussion on the safety issues that concern the aviation industry. The conference attracts a diverse group from the aviation industry, from all over the world. Participation in recent years has exceeded our expectations and it is clear that the subject matter appeals to a diverse group of listeners, i.a. air traffic controllers, pilots and members of the administration.
The topics are varied in accordance with the spirit of the conference, but confirmed speakers are:
Petter Hörnfeldt - Mentour Pilot (TRE B737)
Sævar Birgisson from ISAVIA ANS - Remote towers
Snædís Sigurðardóttir, psychologist - Stress and burnout
Haukur Gunnarsson, Icelandair - flight training
The entrance fee will be modest as before and a lunch buffet will be included in the price.
Tickets available here: https://tix.is/is/event/16151/reykjavik-flight-safety-symposium/
A more detailed program will be announced later.
If you have any recommendations, suggestions, questions or comments, feel free to send us a line at email@example.com. The event is held in English, and admission fee is quite modest.
The RFSS videos from previous years can be found here below:
In 2022, the RFSS was held on October 13th at the Gullhamrar.
The speakers that participated in 2022 were the following. By clicking their names you will be forwarded to a recording of their speeches:
Högni Björn Ómarsson: FÍA boardmember and Icelandair Captain
Birta Líf Kristinsdóttir: Meteorologist
Weather in BIKF and ice crystal icing
Melisa Bravin: Propulsion operability engineer at Boeing
Ice crystal icing
Matthías Sveinbjörnsson: President of the Icelandic Aeronautical Association
Energy exchange in aviation
Erla Björnsdóttir: Clinical psychologist, Phd in sleep medicine
Sleep and fatigue
Ingvar Tryggvason: Icelandair Captain
Jóhann Wium Magnússon: Aviation Psychologist
Gunnar Björn Bjarnason: FÍA boardmemeber and Air Iceland Captain
In 2021, the RFSS was held on September 24th at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica.
The speakers that participated in 2021 were the following. By clicking their names you will be forwarded to a recording of their speeches:
Guðmundur Kristjánsson is a project manager at Isavia ANS
Patrick Hudson is emeritus professor at Delft University of Technology in The Human Factor in Safety at the Department of Safety Science
John Franklin is Head of Safety Promotion at EASA
Helena Cunningham is Chairman of the IFALPA Safety Management Working Group (SMWG.)
Ragnar Guðmundsson is an aeronautical engineer and investigator at the Icelandic Transportation Safety Board.
Guðmundur Már Þorvarðarson closing remarks
Högni B. Ómarsson, FÍA's Secretary, moderated the event.
In 2020, the RFSS was held on March 13th, right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Iceland. The event, held at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, was therefore "moved" online.
The speakers that participated in 2020 were the following. By clicking their names you will be forwarded to a recording of their speeches:
- Dr. Sara Barsotti of the Icelandic Met Office - Responding to explosive eruptions in Iceland: changes and improvements over the last 10 years
- Dr. Rory 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
- Captain Antti Tuori, MD, from IFALPA’s HUPER committee - Pilot's health - risks and solutions
- Ingvar Tryggvason - Chair of the FÍA Safety Committee
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:
- Ragnar Guðmundsson - RNSA - The Road from an Incident to an AD
- Marika Melin - Karolinska Institutet - High-Flying Risks
- Steinarr Bragason - AEEC - Datalink Objectives and Obstacles, the safety perspective
- Graham Braithwaite - Cranfield - Maintaining an Authentic Safety Culture
- José-María Lorenzo -The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) - EGNOS Service Provision
- Kristín Sigurðardóttir hér og hér- Þróunarmiðstöð rannsóknaverkefna. She gave two speaches: Stress, Friend or Foe? & Resilience - What can we do?
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
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”
Dr. Susan Michaelis PhD, MSc
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
Oliver Ingenrieth, Safety officer, Air Berlin
Sólveig Ragnarsdottir, Flight Safety Analyst, ICETRA
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