Current Conference 

2018 Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2018, Miami Beach, Florida

Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida, USA, 33139


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The Aircraft Builders Council conducts a conference each year, which is an informational forum on the most recent developments in the aviation and aerospace industry and products liability. This annual conference is unique in that it brings together insureds, potential insureds, lead underwriters, brokers and defense counsel, all at one locale.

Presentations are given on subjects of current interest, including insurance, law, governmental activity, and aviation and aerospace technology. In the past, speakers have included the CEO of Lloyd's, Administrators of the FAA, NASA Astronauts, United States District Court Judges, United States Legislators, as well as experts in the aerospace industry.

An important feature of this conference includes the participation of the program's lead underwriters, who are available for private consultations with insureds and potential insureds, together with their brokers.


ABC is pleased to welcome the following 2018 speakers:

Aretai Risk Management Consulting Limited
Risk Management - 'who owns the problem challenge'?
Grant Organ, Director

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
Expert Decision-Making: How our Decisions are Manipulated and Biased
Scott A. Shappell, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Dept. of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology

Thales Avionics, Inc.
Optimizing Experiences through Connected IFE & Digital Services
Richard Perrot, Vice President Marketing & Product Policy

Flightpath Economics, LLC 
The Pilot Shortage – Risks and Consequences
Matt Barton, Partner

CAE Inc.
Overview of the Global Implementation of Stall & Upset Prevention Training
Itash Samani, B.Tech (Hons) C.Eng FRAeS, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs – FSTD
Lou Németh, FRAeS, MSNDR, ATP, Chief Civil Aviation Safety Officer

Pravco LLC / SUNY Empire State College
Aerospace 4.0: Implications to the New Manufacturing Ecosystem
Dr. David Pritchard, President at Pravco LLC; Associate Professor/Aviation Researcher, SUNY Empire State College

JetBlue Airways
Risk Management – A Challenge for Mankind & Why we are Getting it Wrong
Christian Popp, Ph.D., Manager Flight Safety Systems 

Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP
Aviation Legal Update
Christopher S. Hickey, Partner