Michel SALMON graduated in 1971 from the BELGIAN ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY (Brussels, Belgium)  with a Master Degree in Aeronautical and Military Sciences, and a Military Pilot Licence. He served as a fighter pilot, instructor and transport pilot with the BELGIAN AIR FORCE and held several operational positions such as a Flight and Squadron Commander, Wing Commander Flying.

In 1981, he completed his training with the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles, Ca, USA) in Aviation Safety Administration, and in Aviation Accident Investigation under the US Air Force Safety Center program (San Bernardino, Ca, USA) . He then was assigned as the Safety Advisor to the Commander Belgian Tactical Air Force, and later Chief of Flight Safety with the Belgian Airstaff, in charge of conducting the Armed Force's Safety Policy and the oversight on accident and incident investigations.

He became the Wing Commander Flying at the Belgian Advanced Pilot Training School (Sint-Truiden AFB, Belgium), and Director of the Air Force Division at the BELGIAN ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY (Brussels, Belgium) , before retiring from the military active duty in 1991, and joining the Belgian Reserve as a Colonel.

As from 1987, as a founder team member of the French Institute for Aviation Safety (IFSA - INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE SÉCURITÉ AÉRIENNE) (Paris, France), h e designed, developped and delivered most of the Institute’s training programs : Safety Management and Administration, Management of Accident and Incident Investigation, Human Factors in Aviation, Operational Risk Management, Safety Interview of Aviation Agents and Witnesses. When the Institute became a department of DÉFENSE CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL – DCI, h e joined full time as the Director of Training in 1991 untill 2011. He also was certified by the FRENCH CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY - DGAC (Paris, France) to supervize the Human Factors update training for Airline Transport Pilots, and he conducted several operational and safety audits for the FRENCH CIVIL PROTECTION AVIATION SERVICES , Airborne Forest Fire Fighters (Marseille Marignane, France) and Air Rescue Helicopters Units (Levallois-Perret, France) .

He presently cooperates with the INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA)   as a registered senior instructor, with the Aerospace Engineering Department of the KASETSART UNIVERSITY (Bangkok, Thailand), and with the UNIVERSITY of LE HAVRE (Le Havre, France) as a lecturer in in the scope of a Master Degree in Operational Risk Management .

As a recognized safety professional, Michel SALMON is sharing his experience to worldwide military and civil aviation staff, to air forces, airlines, aircraft and engines manufacturers, airport and airspace management organizations, aviation authorities and accident investigation bodies, to the SAUDI ACADEMY OF CIVIL AVIATION (Jeddah - KSA) , to the UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL SERVICE CENTER (Brindisi - Italy) and to UNITED NATIONS MISSIONS  : MANUA (Kabul, Afghanistan), MONUSCO (Kinshasa, DRC and Entebbe, Uganda), UNMIT (Dhilly, Timor Leste) .


Michel SALMON is distinguished with the Cross of Commandeur in the Order of the Belgian Crown and in the Order of King Leopold II, and a Distinguished Fellow of Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International.



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