Safety Symposium 2021: Event Recap

On Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 PM EDT, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University hosted the 2021 virtual Safety Symposium, an event held in place of the annual Safety Conference, which connected students and aeronautics industry experts in an evening event of education and discussion.    

The keynote address was delivered by Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion was constructed to offer a variety of perspectives in relation to aviation safety and automation. 

Vice Chairman Landsberg discussed the Air Canada Incident at SFO and how a combination of fatigue, automation and human factors almost amounted to being the biggest crash in World History. He also described his perspective of how incidents like the aforementioned are avoidable.  Following the keynote, a panel discussion, moderated by Gary W. Allen, attorney and consultant specializing in aviation matters, took a deeper dive into issues surrounding aviation safety and addressed the importance of safety and attention in a world of automation.   

The panel included knowledge and expertise from the following individuals:   

  • Ed Booth, Complex Litigation Expert and Partner, Marks Gray 

  • Chris Jahr, Attorney certified in Aviation by the Florida Bar, Wicker Smith 

  • Nick Malachowski, Current Student and Precision Flight Team Member, Kent State University 

  • Kris Palcho, Leadership Coach and Team Development Consultant, Federal Aviation Association 

  • Ben Satyschur, Aviation Safety Program Manager, Kent State University 


POSTED: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:32am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:32am