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Aviation Safety and Certification of new Operation

Methodology and approach: the project is divided in the following five phases

  • The first phase will analyse existing European certification and rulemaking processes and identify potential shortcomings and bottlenecks in view of the foreseen regulatory changes and technological developments. Following this analysis, new and innovative approaches to certification will be defined and evaluated. The results of this evaluation will be used to select and further develop affordable innovative certification processes.
  • The second phase will set up a baseline for the current risk level of the various parts of the total aviation system during its complete life cycle. Aviation safety data will be used to establish a baseline risk picture for the main operational issues identified in the European Aviation Safety Plan (EASP) using Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs). This risk picture will be used as baseline to set up a process for continuous safety monitoring.
  • The third phase will establish a good view on potential emergent and future risks not present in today's aviation system. A total aviation system safety assessment method with supporting safety based design systems and tools will be developed. A proactive approach will be taken to ensure that potential future hazards and risks can be mitigated and safety will be maintained or even increased as compared to the baseline risk picture.
  • The fourth phase will apply he newly proposed certification process adaptations, and its supporting methods and tools for continuous safety monitoring and safety based design, in a number of case studies selected with the ASCOS User Group. This is followed by quantification of the safety impact of introduction of new operations and systems in Europe.
  • The fifth phase validates the scientific and technological advance that the proposed project is expected to bring:

- New affordable certification processes to make certification easier;
- Innovative safety based design systems and tools; and
- New methods and tools to support continuous safety monitoring.