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LPBA Summer 2014 Meeting
Hyatt-Tamayah Resort
Albuquerque, NM

Our conference was held at the Native American-owned, Hyatt-operated Tamayah (“Tah-MAY-yah”) Resort, 20 miles north of the ABQ airport on ancient historic lands of the Santa Ana Pueblo tucked in down in the Bosque (BAH-skay, or “woods”) along the Rio Grande.  It sits between two challenging championship golf courses, Santa Ana and Twin Warriors with full views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande River.

On Thursday morning, we loaded onto a bus to travel to Kirtland Air Force Base for a legal briefing at the USAF Safety Center, which is the worldwide “NTSB” for all USAF mishap aircraft.  We enjoyed an excellent brief on the USAF’s investigation process, and then we travelled to the USAF’s “crash lab,” where we walked amongst several mockup mishaps, which included F-16 and F-15 aircraft.  Then we ate lunch on the return bus ride, and continued with the CLE program on midday Thursday afternoon.

We had excellent speakers during the conventions, and I would like to thank them all for their excellent work.  Bob McGeorge, recent general counsel for IATA, took us into the world of international treaty negotiations for aviation safety.  New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels gave us a fascinating presentation of the development of ethics and justice in the New Mexico territorial courts.  Aviation psychologist, safety specialist and author Dr. Alan Diehl explained the intricacies of trying to mesh the human analogue brain with digital glass cockpits. Mark Carman, LPBA member and now U.S. Magistrate Court Judge for Yellowstone National Park, traced the fascinating history of justice in Yellowstone Park, and NTSB member Robert Sumwalt gave an in-depth brief on the recent Asiana Flight 214 mishap in San Francisco, CA.

Christine Anderson, Executive Director of New Mexico Spaceport Authority (d/b/a Spaceport America), brought us up to date on space launches, including upcoming launches of civilians into space, and Bill Kitzes, J.D., well-known national consumer products safety expert, traced the evolution of NASA safety systems and safety management science.

As the ultimate stress reliever, most participated in a machine-gun firing on Friday night at Calibers Shooting Sport Center.  Calibers provided the machine guns free of charge, and everyone had a spectacular time.  After the machine-gun event, we walked across the courtyard to The Daily Grind restaurant for some excellent green chile cheeseburgers and beers.

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