The ALTA Aviation Safety, Flight Ops & Training Summit will be a unique meeting for all professionals who dedicate themselves daily to seeking the highest levels of aviation safety and operational standards in the region.

After a successful Pilot Training Connect in September 2023, which was the first event of its kind in the Latin America and Caribbean region, the pilot training discussion will be joined next year by ALTA’s long time recognized Safety summit, which incorporated Flight Operations aspects at its latest event in June 2023, thus integrating all airline operational aspects at a single event.

Safety, Flight Operations, and Pilot Training professionals from different sectors of the industry will come together to discuss current and relevant topics in these areas. Representatives of airlines, manufacturers, civil aviation authorities, airports, air traffic control organizations, aviation schools, associations, training facilities as well as other sectors of the industry will be present.

Join us in 2024!

The ALTA Aviation Safety, Flight Ops & Training Summit will be held in Lima, Peru, on June 18-20.


(Taken from the survey conducted after the 2023 event)






In Lima everything is in endless movement, and even the past is constantly being rediscovered. Lima offers an extraordinary range of emotions, sensations, colors and flavors: travelers can visit the city’s impressive cathedral, fly over the ocean, enjoy a photogenic sunset, or savor unmatched cuisine.

Lima is a place of converging trends, created by its people and their living culture, where you will find every corner of Peru represented. One visit to Lima can never be enough. Lima, filled with colonial-era riches, is the only capital in South America that faces the sea, and it is hailed as the gastronomic capital of Latin America.


Mark Millam

Flight Safety Foundation

Mark has been involved on the technical side of the Airline Industry for over 40 years.  His education and technical skills were put into motion after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.  

He began his professional career with Republic Airlines as a Systems Engineer and then has gone on to hold several technical management positions within the Maintenance side of the Airline including overall Reliability, Powerplant Engineering and Chief Engineer at Northwest Airlines.

Finding the best performance in a highly complex organization is one of Mark’s key interests.   Pushing the envelope for Safety has been his main interest since 2005 when he has held safety leadership roles at major U.S. airlines, regional airlines and the Washington DC based Airlines for America.  Mark has been with the Flight Safety Foundation for the past 9 years working with various projects to provide advice to the worlds efforts on building safety intelligence that helps redefine what’s possible through risk management.  He has also been involved with the forming content for the Foundation’s seminars and conferences through its advisory committees.

Capt. John DeLeeuw

American Airlines

Captain John DeLeeuw is currently the Managing Director Safety and Efficiency for American Airlines.  He leads a team of over 60+ team members who participate in the Safety Assurance programs such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and safety investigations as integral elements within the Safety Management System.  He plans and manages the Corporate Safety Department’s effort to support the commitment to be the world leader in airline safety. He interfaces with the airlines’ departments to proactively identify and develop strategies and practices to prevent accidents and incidents.

John has amassed a total of over 19,000+ accident and incident free flight hours in his flying career.  He is a current and qualified Captain on the 787 Dreamliner for American Airlines.

Capt. Rafael Rastrello

LATAM Airlines Group

Capt. Rastrello is the Director of Safety at LATAM Airlines Group, and extensively experienced airplane pilot, Captain and instructor A320 Family, including experience in the A330 and Fokker 100 fleet.

Master in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA.

Post-graduated in Aviation Safety and Continuing Airworthiness, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA.

Bachelor’s in Civil Aviation, Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, and graduated in Civil Engineering at “Escola de Engenharia Mauá”.

Accident Investigator, CENIPA.

He is also the Chairman of Regional Coordinating Group – Latin America and Caribbean (LATAM/CAR RCG -IATA), Chairperson of ALTA-IATA Safety Team, responsible for exchanging best practices between operators and authorities to improve safety ratings in the region, and extensively experienced Professor at Anhembi Morumbi University (graduation and post-graduation).

Capt. Wendy Morse

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

United Airlines Capt. Wendy Morse serves as ALPA’s first vice president and national safety coordinator. She is the first woman to serve as an ALPA national officer and brings more than 35 years of union experience to her role. She exemplifies a “see it, be it” leadership role model for girls and young women entering aviation—particularly the piloting profession, as women make up only 5 percent of today’s airline pilot population. 

As national safety coordinator, Capt. Morse oversees the Association’s Air Safety Organization (ASO), the world’s largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization. With a team of more than 425 of the union’s pilot representatives, she leads the ASO, which operates the union’s safety, security, pilot assistance, and jumpseat programs. The ASO also advocates to advance and protect airline pilots’ aviation interests on Capitol and Parliament Hills as well as throughout the world.

Over her term as first vice president, the current aviation safety and security landscape could change systemically, as regulators in the United States and around the globe define aviation standards for the new era. These opportunities include how airline pilots safely share the airspace with new entrants, such as spacecraft, drones, and electric vertical lift operators; how operators design and regulators certify new aircraft and pilot training programs; and how governments invest in aviation’s aging infrastructure, to name a few. 

The union’s Board of Directors elected Capt. Morse on Oct. 19, 2022, and she began her four-year term on Jan. 1, 2023. Based in Chicago, Ill., she is a Boeing 787 pilot and previously served United pilots in a multitude of leadership roles, including as the Master Executive Council chair, a member of the United Airlines Board of Directors, a local council officer, and a variety of committee posts. 

Under her leadership and Negotiating Committee participation, the United pilots navigated various defining moments, from the industry-leading United pilot contract in 2000 and the bankruptcy-era negotiations that followed post 9/11 to merger talks with Continental Airlines, also during contract negotiations. The news media has described Capt. Morse as the “consummate insider with a detailed knowledge of the labor issues separating the union and management, and the political skills to broker deals.” 

Prior to United, Capt. Morse was a pilot for Precision Airlines and served as a corporate pilot and flight instructor. She earned a bachelor of professional studies in commercial aviation degree from Memphis State University. She resides in South Elgin, Ill., with her husband.

Capt. Don Wykoff

Delta Air Lines (Ret.)

Captain Don Wykoff, recently retired from Delta Air Lines following a 34-year career. During his tenure with Delta, he served as the President of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), representing over 100,000 airline pilots from over 100 Member Associations around the world.

In addition to his work at IFALPA, Don held numerous leadership positions in his home association, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). As the chairman of ALPA’s Flight Time/Duty Time Committee he was responsible for the development of scheduling guidelines and best practices for the mitigation of fatigue among pilots. During this tenure he served as co-chair of the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee charged with a complete overhaul of the FAA’s Flight and Duty regulations, resulting in FAR 117. Additionally, he served on Delta’s Fatigue Safety Action Group (FSAG) and participated in the development of Delta’s Fatigue Risk Management system (FRMS).

Hired by Delta in June 1988, Don has flown the B-737/757/767 and MD-88 aircraft during his career.  He is a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and graduated in 1979 from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in finance.

Don resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Susan.

Dr. Barbara Holder

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Barbara Holder is a Presidential Fellow and Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is responsible for growing the applied aviation human factors research capability of the university and teaches graduate level courses in aviation human factors and human-centered design. Before joining ERAU, she worked at Honeywell Aerospace as a Technical Fellow, and prior to that, at Boeing as Associate Technical Fellow and Lead Scientist of Boeing’s Flight Deck Concept Center. Dr. Holder was awarded ten U.S. patents for her innovations in training, procedures, and flight deck design.

Dr. Holder has over 25 years of experience researching aviation human factors and creating novel human-technology interactions. In her most recent research, she successfully redesigned go-around procedures to direct pilot attention to appropriate flight path parameters to reduce the risk of Loss of Control In-flight during the go-around maneuver. She is currently investigating novel ways to evaluate pilot cognitive performance while performing flight path management technical and non-technical tasks. Another project is investigating tactical and strategic flight deck task management practices related to flight path monitoring, management of flight deck system failures and malfunctions, and flight crew response to air traffic control interventions which affect flight path management.

Dr. Holder serves on several industry committees and currently chairs the Subcommittee on Human Factors for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee.  This subcommittee advises the FAA administrator on research needs and emerging trends. She is also the Stabilized Approach Recommendation Subgroup Chair to the Flight Path Management Working Group under the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee. This working group provides recommendations to the FAA on Flight Path Management policy, procedures, and training.

Dr. Holder is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  She completed her B.A in Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, under the guidance of Professor Edwin Hutchins, a MacArthur Fellow. Dr. Holder holds a Private Pilot’s License and enjoys flying aerobatics with her husband in their Extra 300. She also enjoys sea kayaking and playing pickleball.

Don Enrique Rosende

LATAM Airlines Group

Mr. Enrique Rosende Alba is 70 years old. He is the Safety & Security Corporate Director for LATAM Airlines Group since 2009.  

Before entering Lan, he works in the Chilean Air Force for 37 years. He served as Head of the Education Division and Director General of Civil Aviation in Chile from 2002 to 2006. During the year 2007 -2008, he was the Vice President of the Latin American Aviation Commission.

He graduated as Aeronautical Systems Engineer at the Air War College.   Mr. Rosende holds degrees in Political Philosophy, Human Resources Administration, Military Sciences and Administration and Planning  of Airport Systems.

Don Pedro Algorta

Pedro Algorta is one of the 16 survivors of the plane crash in the Andes in 1972.

After the accident Pedro moved to Buenos Aires, where he studied Economics and then completed an MBA at Stanford University, California, where he graduated in 1982.

He has had a successful business career, having held top-level positions in companies such as Cervecería Quilmes, Peñaflor, Campofrío and Argentine Strains. During his business career, Pedro did not talk about his experience in the Andes.

Now Pedro meets the Andes again and shares with those who want to listen to his testimony about what he experienced in the mountain and its teachings for corporate and personal life.

Michel Roy

Transport Canada

Since 2017-18, Michel Roy has been responsible for the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Strategic Safety Risk Assessment Program that was created to modernize TCCAs system-level safety risk management approach and enhance its ability to proactively assess and manage strategic risks to the aviation system, to help focus resources on areas of greatest risk and support management of Canada’s aviation safety performance overall.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree (2001) in Business Administration (Management specialization) from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal. He has completed flight ground school as well as various Safety Risk Management courses provided by ICAO, IATA, CGE (Bowtie) and TCCA. His responsibilities at TCCA include establishing the Strategic Safety Risk Management (SSRM) Framework, methodologies, and tools to enhance integrated analysis and proactive management of key safety concerns affecting Canada’s civil aviation transportation system.

As part of this work, Mike has facilitated the development and implementation of the Industry/Regulator Collaborative Analysis Group (CAG) focused on Airline Operations in Canada. The CAG’s goal is to work jointly with industry to identify, prioritize and monitor key safety risks so as to enhance proactive management of key safety concerns affecting Canada’s civil aviation transportation system through regulatory and non-regulatory solutions by government and industry stakeholders.

He is also Canada’s representative on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Safety Plan Study Group (GASP-SG) and assumes the responsibilities of State Co-Chair of the ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group’s (RASG) Pan-America-Regional Aviation Safety Team (PA-RAST).

Mónica Gómez Caniella

Gulf Helicopters Company

Mónica Gómez Caniella, Accredited Expert Psychologist in Aviation Psychology, President of the Latin American Union of Aeronautical Psychology Associations, and Aeronautical Psychologist from Gulf Helicopters Company, Doha, Qatar.

Clinical Director. Peer Support Program. Eurania Services. Barcelona, SPAIN.

Team member. Zentra2 Consultancy, Málaga, SPAIN. Kenyon team member. Instructor SMS HHFF CRM.

She has 27 years of international experience, applying psychology in clinical, labor, aeronautical and crisis fields.

International consultant, performing situational diagnosis, creating, incorporating, evaluating and follow-up of programs and projects. Trainer, designing sized fit teaching courses. Assisting individuals and groups of affected communities and responders in emergencies and disasters.

Developing human talent and collaborating in building resilience and mental wellbeing. University teacher and private therapist.

Capt. Chris Collins

Delta Air Lines

Capt. Chris Collins is the Director of Flight Safety at Delta Air Lines, where he coordinates a team of safety professionals that oversee employee safety reporting (ASAP), flight data monitoring (FOQA), operational safety investigations (accidents/incidents), safety management system (SMS), pilot safety applications, and analytics through a data and decision science team. He also participates as a member of the IATA Safety Group and the Flight Safety Foundation International Advisory Committee. Previously Chris was the Chief Pilot of Flight Operations Safety Programs which included the opportunity to work in fatigue risk management (FRM), safety risk assessment and management, and the pilot safety reporting program.

Chris is an Airbus A320 Captain with over 20 years of professional flight experience. Since joining Delta as a line pilot in 2007, he has held numerous leadership positions in the chief pilot’s office, flight standards, fatigue management, and served as strategic manager supporting the Vice Presidents of Flight Operations. Chris is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Aviation Program, and before joining Delta, spent time instructing undergraduate aviation students in flight, meteorology, and aviation law.

Chris lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Bobbi Wells

American Airlines

Bobbi Wells is Vice President Safety Systems, Efficiency and Compliance where she oversees American’s safety systems with a focus on managing risk through design, science, and innovation. She serves as Director of Safety on our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Operating Certificate. She also serves as the Chair for the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors, serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety, and is past-President for International Aviation Women Association.

Previously, Bobbi served as Vice President of Safety and Airworthiness in Air Operations at FedEx where she led the carrier’s safety, airworthiness and regulatory compliance through safety risk management, analytics, auditing, and culture development. In her more than 25-year career at FedEx, she led the airline’s business planning, strategy, and process improvement; logistic operations, communications, the worldwide air logistics system and financial processes. Bobbi also received her FAA license as a dispatcher.

Prior to FedEx, Bobbi served in the U.S. Army as a transportation and logistics officer for more than 10

years, where she led the logistical support for 30,000 troops based in Germany.

Bobbi spends a lot of her time finding ways to support, develop and advocate on behalf of women in aviation. She formerly served on the Department of transportation’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board and as a member of the International Air Transport Association’s Operations Advisory Council. She is also a member of the MITRE Aviation Advisory Committee and FAA Commercial Aviation Safety Team.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Robert L. Sumwalt

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Robert L. Sumwalt is Executive Director of the Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also serves as Distinguished Fellow in Aviation Safety. In that role, he oversees research and development of the Center, and sets the overall strategy. He also serves as aviation safety analyst for CBS News.

Previously, Sumwalt served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), where he served from August 2006 to June 2021.

Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with a major US-based international airline.

In recognition of his contributions to the aviation industry, in September 2021, Sumwalt was awarded the Flight Safety Foundation – Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Flight Safety Foundation’s Laura Taber Barbour Award in 2003 and ALPA’s Air Safety Award in 2005. He is an inductee into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

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