OPTICS2 is a Coordination and Support Action of the European Commission, and provides a comprehensive evaluation of relevant safety and security research and innovation in air transport. Answering the question “Is Europe performing the right safety and security research?”
OPTICS2 reviews the state-of-the-art in European Aviation Safety and Security R&I annually, via a core team of experts from across the entire aviation spectrum assessing literally hundreds of European and nationally funded projects, including major programmes such as Horizon 2020, CleanSky and SESAR. OPTICS2 reports to both the European Commission and ACARE, summarising the status of each safety and security ‘Action Area’ (as identified in ACARE Strategic research and Innovation Agenda SRIA), identifying the main performers, gaps and obstacles in the research landscape, along with strategic recommendations and priorities.
This document summarises the results of the four years of OPTICS2 in shape of recommendations for aviation safety and security research on how to better target identified gaps and bottlenecks, as well as priorities to be effectively addressed by future efforts.