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David Walsh

David recently retired from Transport Canada. He worked over fifteen years in the aviation industry both as a pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and then served another twelve years with Transport Canada, first as a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector and then as Superintendent - Regional Airlines group. During his tenure as an inspector David was assigned Primary Maintenance Inspector responsible for Canada’s second largest air carrier. As Superintendent David was responsible for coordinating oversight activities for several Regional Airlines and Approved Maintenance Organizations.

While with Transport Canada he worked with many companies on improving their own Quality Assurance and Safety programs. He also worked with companies developing and managing; Voluntary Disclosure Programs, Error Management Programs and Internal Incident Investigation Programs.

David participated in the developmental process of a Safety Management System for one of Canada’s major air carriers. He was also involved in the review and acceptance process of several Air Operator’s Safety Management System policy and procedures documents. David was also involved in the initial planning of the Transport Canada’s regional SMS validation program.

David has two undergraduate degrees, (BBA and BSc). He holds both a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineers License and a Commercial Pilot License.

David works as an aviation consultant conducting audits and advising companies on regulatory and safety compliance. David is also very much involved in aviation training. He recently developed a fully narrated nine hour Distance Learning course on Aviation Safety Management Systems. He has delivered safety presentations to; airports groups, general aviation organizations and corporate operators. He has also made several trips to South Africa to teaches aviation human factors on behalf of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA).