More than 60 safety experts from all over Europe attended the EASA-OPTICS Conference and the OPTICS Dissemination Event, held in Cologne from the 12th to the 14th of April. The participants included several EASA representatives and participants from the aviation industry, airlines, and European ANSPs.
The EASA-OPTICS Conference “Do Politics and Safety mix well?” was an excellent opportunity to work collectively on a joint perspective of the future directions of aviation safety in Europe, aligning EU and national policies to the companies they affect, as well as to put around the table both research and industry to match the different needs.
The OPTICS Dissemination Event “Flightpath 2050 Maintain Heading!”, taking place on the 14th of April, was an opportunity to see the status of safety research from the main European funding programmes and to provide an overview of how Aviation Safety research in Europe is helping us move towards the achievement of Flightpath 2050.
OPTICS was presented to the public through three posters illustrating the Project overview, the Research assessment methodology and the Market and societal impact assessment, and a video presentation showing project objectives and first results. Assessment Coordinator Joram Verstraeten highlighted the OPTICS 2nd year assessment results in details during a dedicated session. These results are also available in a handout, answering the question Are we doing the right aviation safety research?
Finally, six projects from the main European funding programmes were given the opportunity to bring their point of view on the current status of safety-related aviation research and contribute to the discussion. These project include Man4Gen, NINA, myCopter, COMPASS, ALIAS and ACROSS.