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For Release: July 29, 1999

Kimberly W. Land
(757) 864-9885

RELEASE NO. 99-063

Where Do Airlines Stand on Aviation Safety?

Captian Edmond L. SolidayCaptain Edmond L. Soliday, Vice President for Corporate Safety, Quality Assurance and Security at United Airlines, will present "Aviation Safety from an Airline's Perspective" at a colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, at NASA Langley's H.J.E Reid Conference Center.

A Boeing 767 captain with United Airlines for over 32 years, Soliday will discuss various components of aviation safety and the role an airline plays.

The Corporate Safety, Quality Assurance and Security Division is involved in regulatory oversight, analysis of safety and regulatory trends, internal safety and compliance audits and facilitation of appropriate change. The division encompasses a staff of over 150 people.

Soliday has headed up safety programs at United for 8 years and was recently given responsibility for all quality assurance programs at the airline. In the safety arena, Soliday directs flight safety, in-flight safety, occupational safety, environmental safety, corporate emergency response, and corporate security programs.

Soliday has played a key role in developing many innovative flight-safety programs in the aviation industry including: Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Flight Safety Visualization and the Crew/Leadership/Resource management program for United's flight officers. He has testified before numerous governmental panels on safety and security issues and has also played an important role in developing enhanced airline industry programs in the areas of crisis response, family assistance, explosive direction systems, and automated passenger profiling.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd. at NASA Langley. Media who wish to attend the briefing should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885.

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