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John Dutcher

Safety, Quality & Meteorology Consultant 

John Dutcher is a Safety, Quality and Meteorology consultant. John has a BSc (Aviation) from The University of Newcastle (Australia) specialising in Human Factors. He is an experienced international instructor and consultant within the aviation industry. John is an Instructor with the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) facilitating the Aviation Weather Risk Management, and Safety Oversight of Aviation Meteorological Services courses. He is also an IATA Instructor in courses including Train-the-Trainer, CRM, SMS, ERP, RCA, and QMS, etc., and has taught CAA inspectors in SE Asia on behalf of Bureau Veritas. John was also an aviation safety and accident investigation instructor with Southern California Safety Institute.

John has consulted in various areas and capacities within airlines operating commuter aircraft and large commercial category aircraft (e.g., B737; B767; A330; A340). John has also worked as a consultant and auditor with Flair Airlines in Canada on projects to fulfil oil and gas industry requirements – including Quality Management Systems; Safety Case development using Bow-Tie methodology; development of Flight Data Monitoring programme. Some recent projects also include serving as Director of Safety, Quality & Security for an A340-600 start-up airline in Hong Kong to assist in the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) process and set-up of the Safety, Quality and Security programmes. Before that, John worked as General Manager, Quality, Safety & Security for an A330F AOC start-up cargo operation in Hong Kong. John has also worked as a safety and dispatch consultant at a Bangkok-based B767 operator. He has also worked on smaller projects in typhoon management; and assessment of requirements for development of in-house airline meteorology department to Part 174 requirements.

Within meteorology, John was a contributing author to the re-write of the ICAO Manual of Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation - Part III – Investigation (Doc 9756) including the Investigation of Meteorological Conditions. He has also worked on projects to bring National Meteorological Services (i.e. MET Offices) up to ICAO Annex 3 requirements within east Africa and the Eastern Caribbean. John has also completed a research collaboration with Trinity College Dublin’s Aerospace Psychology Group looking at cockpit infrastructure and Weather Risk Management for future All Weather Operations in the SESAR / NextGen ATM environment. He has conducted Human Factors training for the South African Weather Service (SAWS). John has also completed operational meteorology research under Australian meteorologist Martin Babakhan such as fog modelling at Sydney Airport for a major airline in Australasia, and analysis of high-altitude ice crystal icing events in the Australasian region.

In addition to consulting, John has worked in academia, including developing two courses for the Master of Aviation Management (MAvM) programme at The University of Newcastle (Australia), namely the Applied Aviation Meteorology; and the Aviation Training and Instruction courses. John taught the Aviation Training and Instruction course for two years. He has also worked as a Human Factors Researcher within the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Canada on projects in OH&S, safety culture and its assessment, and Cognitive Task Analysis of expert weather forecaster decision making with the Meteorological Service of Canada.

John has completed Australian ATPL studies, has an Australian CPL (frozen), Canadian Glider and Private Pilot Licences, and a Canadian Dispatcher Licence.

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