Prior to Future Sky Safety, the safety research conducted by the European Aeronautical Research Establishments (RE) was not as coordinated among the establishments as it could be. This doesn’t mean that the RE’s were together not conducting a sizeable volume of research in this field. In fact, a survey of the safety research by the REs has revealed that the RE’s together conduct thousands of Person Months’ worth of safety research annually. And also, based on a first brief review, it would seem that the institutional programmes could be better connected in a more structured way to the European safety research priorities. There is considerable potential to do better. Even if partial coordination could be achieved, the benefits to be expected in terms of efficiency, critical mass and alignment with European safety priorities would be substantial. For this reason, Future Sky Safety includes Project P1 on the Coordination of Institutionally Funded Safety Research.
Project P1 drives and connects Safety R&TD in the European aeronautical research establishments to safety priorities established e.g. by the EC in the ACARE SRIA on Safety and Security. This Coordination Project for the first time genuinely coordinates the safety research of the European Research Establishments to maximize efficiency, develop critical mass, and ensure excellent alignment with the relevant safety agendas in Europe.
P1 will deliver an annual Aviation Safety Research Plan for the participating Research Establishments that will also be shared with the main European stakeholders. This Aviation Safety Research Plan will drive coordination of institutionally funded safety research by identifying new institutionally funded safety research topics, identifying missing links and filling the gaps, avoiding future duplication of effort and resources and putting current initiatives on a common and more robust path. This will achieve a strong leverage effect.
The overall project objective is for the first time to coordinate the safety research of the European Research Establishments in order to maximize efficiency, develop critical mass, and ensure excellent alignment with the relevant safety agendas in Europe. Additionally, P1 is expected to produce a communication platform to share publication and information between Research Establishments.