[email protected] with Women in A/AA

Thu 11 Feb 2021 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

Chat@6 with Women in A/AA

[email protected] with Women in A/AA - Elizabeth (Libby) Bakewell | Human Factors Specialist, Course Facilitator and Aviation Auditor 

Women in A/AA is thrilled to have Libby as our guest speaker at our upcoming event! The evenings focus will be - The Toxic Trifector; Interacting risks that often contribute to safety breaches, increased risk and incidents. 

[email protected] with Women in A/AA gives you an opportunity to virtually connect with an aviation/aerospace leader in an online environment. Grab your favourite drink and listen from the comfort of your own home, as Libby talks about her experiences as she's taken on even more responsible positions, and ask Libby the questions you often don’t get the chance to in more formal settings. 

Who is invited 
In the spirit of keeping everyone connected, A/AA would like to extend complimentary attendance to all, not limited to our members. So if you’re in the industry or keen to be a part of it, join our [email protected] Women in A/AA series.

How to join [email protected] with Women in A/AA  

This event will be accessed online. Details will be emailed upon registration. If you need further information please contact us at [email protected]


Initially employed as cabin crew with TAA (a very long time in aviation), Libby was inspired to learn to fly at the age of 21, by Debra Wardley, the first female airline pilot in Australia.  Libby trained and gained a commercial pilot licence and whilst flying as cabin crew with Qantas, she also worked as a flying instructor and charter pilot, until resigning from Qantas to purse full time commercial flying in remote Australia and PNG, where she experienced some interesting and high risk flying.  Libby returned to university and gained a degree in Aviation Human Factors, influenced after an experience as a crew member on a hijacked Airbus, and fascinated by the way different people dealt with stress, she then began a role as a Human Factors trainer, where she set up my own training company.  She has trained both cabin crew and pilots with Qantas.

With 25 years’ experience as a Human Factors practitioner training pilots, cabin crew and aircraft maintainers and consulting across all sectors of aviation including fixed wing, rotary wing General Aviation, Airlines, Emergency Services and the Australian Defence Force, both in Australia and overseas she has some insights into risk and human behaviour – the toxic trifecta.

Areas that also interest her are related to human performance and particularly relevant to COVID, include stress and resilience. Libby is currently developing a training program for aviation around wellbeing that includes sleep and fatigue management, stress and nutrition. 

Libby is also a Commercial drone pilot, applying human factors knowledge to the drone industry and an aviation auditor, specialising in aircraft operations, maintenance and Safety Management Systems.

Human factors in aviation focuses on the limitations on our performance. It’s the study of what causes us to make errors. It’s a vital area of research to understand because human error in aviation can have catastrophic outcomes.

After 25 years as a human factor’s practitioner and trainer, analysing incidents and accidents and working with many companies advising on improving safety and minimising human error, Libby noticed trends and came to understand that the issues in aviation that cause us to make errors are just as relevant in our personal and home life.

She’s noticed a trend of interacting risks that often contribute to safety breaches, increased risk and incidents; ‘the toxic trifector’.

Our performance is impacted by how we manage stress, understanding what stress is and what we can do about it has been an interest of mine since being involved in an aircraft hijacking. As a crew member on that flight she noticed how each crew members had a different reaction to the situation, and how it impacted their lives both short term and long term. Research on this topic has led her to include it in Human Factors training and Leadership training.


Aviation/Aerospace Australia

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