On 12th and 13th April 2016, the EASA-OPTICS Safety Conference was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne. The event, a mixture of plenary session keynote speeches and focused workshops, was attended by over 60 experts in aviation safety. The event had four main themes: how to monitor safety; how to ‘see around the corner’ to future safety events and game-changers; how to improve research uptake by industry; and how to ensure effective use of European aviation safety research facilities.
Key results concerned (1) focusing on the safety data we have already, and sharing insights using mechanisms such as Collaborative Analysis Groups; (2) developing leading indicators that are ‘actionable’ and therefore lead to tangible safety improvement and learning; (3) avoiding common pitfalls that prevent industry engaging with research; (4) facilitating better engagement with airlines in research; and (5) developing a better picture of the European aviation safety research infrastructure and facilities, as well as their availability.
The essence of the keynote speeches and the workshop discussions are detailed in the body of this report.
The OPTICS dissemination event “Flightpath 2050 Maintain Heading!” took place on 14th of April, back-to-back with the EASA-OPTICS Safety Conference. Around 50 participants attended the event, with representatives of aviation industry and research institutions.
The scope of the event was to provide a broad overview of how Aviation Safety research in Europe is helping us move towards the achievement of the Flightpath 2050 safety vision. To do that, leaders from major aviation programmes (Clean Sky, SESAR, Future Sky) and representatives from rewarding research projects presented their view on future challenges in aviation safety and proposed innovative solutions to address the actual safety issues.
Main conclusions indicate that (1) research produces interesting results, but they need to be translated into innovative products and services; (2) increasing awareness, networking and exploitation of results is the key to harvest the results of projects; and (3) involving regulatory bodies into research may help to bridge the gap between research and implementation.
Details on the keynote speeches and presentations are available in this press release.