Aviation sector collaborates to make ultra-safe travel even safer

on Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:27.

Press release, 12th November, 2015

Aviation sector collaborates to make ultra-safe travel even safer
-Research project achieves breakthrough in sharing of information across Air Transport System-

As passenger flights in Europe are due to increase by 8,000 every day over the next four years, a new way of anticipating and reducing risks in air travel is urgently needed. PROSPERO (Proactive Safety Performance for Operations) delivers an innovative concept of safety management using risk knowledge to prevent potential crises. Over the past three years, this EU project, coordinated by Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has demonstrated that data sharing and collaboration in the ATS is feasible and delivers a competitive advantage for all partners. It contributes to the EU’s aim of reducing the air accident rate by 80% by 2020, and achieving a substantial improvement in the elimination of and recovery from human error.

Up to now, risk identification and prevention has depended on companies’ analysing their own data in isolation, and often when system faults have already occurred, leading to management of risk in a fragmented and reactive way.

PROSPERO has achieved a breakthrough by developing a network of collaboration between key partners across Europe such as airlines, airports, Air Traffic Control and ground operations. These partners share data in return for valuable risk knowledge that allows them to more effectively control and manage their businesses. PROSPERO’s risk knowledge comes from sourcing and collating large and diverse data sources. The data is processed, integrated, analysed, undergoes a pattern matching process, and is fed back to the owners. It emphasises the precursors of risk and identifies what needs to change to prevent and mitigate risk. PROSPERO takes a proactive rather than a reactive approach to identifying risk by analysing normal operations (what has gone right) as opposed to analysing systems failures (what has gone wrong).

Prof. Nick McDonald, coordinator of the project at TCD, says:  

“In the PROSPERO project, we have examined some of the most common preventable safety risks in the Air Transport System (ATS), such as bird strikes and de-icing. With increasing air passenger numbers, these and other risks need to be addressed in a holistic way. PROSPERO has achieved a breakthrough in convincing different ATS actors to collaborate and share data, in the interests of the safety of the wider sector, as well as passengers. PROSPERO is working towards identifying and preventing risk in the aviation sector, and ultimately making what is an ultra-safe way to travel, even safer”.

While air travel is ultra-safe, air traffic in Europe is expected to increase from 22,000 daily flights to 30,000 daily flights between now and 2020. Maintaining current safety levels will become more challenging for airlines and airports. Risk knowledge, which integrates data from different sources, leading to more powerful models of risk, will be key to facing this challenge.

“PROSPERO has demonstrated that commercially competitive companies are willing and able to share information in conditions of trust, when confidentiality can be assured, and when this information is used to identify and manage system risks,” says Prof. McDonald. “The benefits for the ATS are widespread and represent new ways of approaching risk analysis in a holistic way, as opposed the current approach based only on the analysis of single categories of data and occurrences. This means that safety can now be approached in an integrated manner at operational level with all the parties contributing to the aviation transport service.”

Earlier this year, PROSPERO hosted an EU engagement event at the European Parliament in Brussels – moderated by Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP – to share its findings. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also hosted a PROSPERO workshop in summer 2015 to discuss potential benefits for regulation and for national and European authorities.

PROSPERO (Proactive Safety Performance for Operations) is a European Seventh Framework research project focusing on developing new ways to anticipate risks and improve aviation safety. It commenced in 2012 and ends in 2015. The project comprises 14 partner organisations across seven countries, including end-users, industry, SMEs and academic partners.

For more information, visit  Follow developments of the PROSPERO project on Twitter: @PROSPEROFP7


PROSPERO is delighted to be part of AERODAYS 2015

on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:16.

Visit our project exhibition stand at the event and find out more about how PROSPERO can help you and your work – you can find us at Stand 5-16 in the Avionics section, Windsor Room, 5th Floor.

Join The Journey - PROSPERO Dissemination Event

on Monday, 05 October 2015 16:27.

"Join the Journey" on Tuesday 13th October 2015 (10.30 – 13.00 CET) to find out how PROSPERO can benefit you and your work.

PROSPERO e-newsletter issue 2

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:41.

Issue 2 of the PROSPERO e-newsletter has been released featuring articles by project members Siobhan Corrigan, KTH and Mark Sujan along with an article on "Performance Management in a Regional Airport", focusing on Abruzzo Airport, co-written by Diana Del Sordo, M.Chiara Leva and Fabio Mattei.

Trinity College Dublin Launches New Online Masters Managing Risk and System Change

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:51.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has recently announced the addition of a new online Masters/Postgraduate Diploma course–‘Managing Risk & System Change’. This is a part-time two year programme which will commence in September 2015, and run for two years. It will be led by the Centre of Innovative Human Systems (CIHS) within the School of Psychology in TCD.

MEPs attend PROSPERO Project Event to Learn About Groundbreaking Advances in Aviation Safety Systems

on Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:28.

•     The EU is working to reduce the aviation accident rate by 80%

•     PROSPERO aims to achieve a substantial improvement in the elimination of, and recovery from, human error in aviation accidents
Tuesday 3rd February: Today, FP7 research project PROSPERO hosted an EU engagement event in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event previewed the project’s research into the next generation of aviation safety and risk management systems. This meeting was officially hosted by Sean Kelly MEP, full Member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) in association with PROSPERO coordinator Trinity College Dublin and project partner Carr Communications, Dublin.  EPP Vice Chair and full Member of the Transport Committee, Marian–Jean Marinescu MEP moderated the session.
The event was well attended by MEPs, EU stakeholders, PROSPERO project partners and leading industry experts including airlines, regulators and safety managers. 
Speaking at the event, Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP said:
            “Prospero is a very worthwhile FP7 project that is aiming to contribute to the EU’s ambitious objective of reducing the aviation accident rate by up to 80%. EU citizens need to feel safe when they are flying in European skies. I am delighted to see that this EU funded project has achieved groundbreaking results in the area of aviation safety management systems. I also look forward to seeing how this project can be exploited to enhance safety in other high risk industries such as energy, transport and healthcare for example.”
Attendees at the event heard presentations from Trinity College Dublin, Carr Communications, and from leading industry experts from Norwegian Airlines, Alitalia, Rome Airport and SAGA S.p.A Abruzzo Airport. Some of the themes discussed were:
•     Proactive safety performance for Air Transport System (ATS) operations
•     Managing Safety, Risk and Change
•     Exploitation of PROSPERO for other high risk industries, e.g Nuclear, Medicine and Transport
Speaking about the event, Sean Kelly MEP commented:
            “I was impressed by the industry insights shared by representatives of airlines, regulators and safety managers at the PROSPERO event. It is encouraging to see that all key players in the aviation industry are openly collaborating and sharing data to make the aviation safety system even safer for passengers in the EU. Safety remains the number one priority for the industry.”
The project coordinator for PROSPERO, Professor Nick McDonald from Trinity College Dublin said:
            “This event was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the results of the PROSPERO project to date. As an FP7 funded project, it is important to demonstrate value to the EU and taxpayers. This project will further enhance the safety levels of an already ultra safe aviation system by addressing existing gaps in the analysis and management of risk.”
The PROSPERO project partners also launched their newest corporate video at the event to show how the project will develop proactive ways of managing and reducing the systemic risk of aviation accidents, both in everyday operations and through planning and change processes. To find out more about the PROSPERO project, visit
For more information on the event please email:


PROSPERO Project Event in the European Parliament Previewing the Next Generation of Aviation Safety and Risk Management

on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 15:01.

On Tuesday the 3rd February next, PROSPERO will host a lunchtime networking event with Sean Kelly MEP (Full Member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee) in the European Parliament in Brussels. This event will showcase the ground breaking advances that have been made by PROSPERO in the area of aviation safety management. The meeting will include a live industry panel discussion with leading experts including regulators, airlines and safety managers. Project coordinator, Professor Nick McDonald from Trinity College in Dublin will deliver the keynote address at this event – ‘Proactive Safety Performance for ATS operations’. Eddie Shaw of Carr Communications (exploitation and dissemination project partner) will also deliver a presentation entitled ‘Exploitation of PROSPERO for other high risk industries, e.g. Nuclear, Medicine and Transport’. 

For more information on the event please email:



PROSPERO e-newsletter issue 1

on Monday, 07 July 2014 14:43.

Issue 1 of the PROSPERO e-newsletter has been released featuring articles by project members Siobhan Corrigan, Daniele Baranzini, Tom Kontogiannis, Massimiliano Zanin and Mark Sujan.

PROSPERO Advisory Board Meeting

on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:56.

Next Tuesday 8th April, PROSPERO partners will meet with the project's Advisory Board in Rome to update them on recent developments. The meeting with facilitate a walk-through of the PROSPERO system and further progress the implementation scenarios, incluidng a regulatory case study. 

The Advisory Board is an important element of the PROSPERO project. It was established to ensure that the project remains connected to the real needs and objectives of the aviation industry, and gives partners the opportunity to hear the viewpoints, needs and concerns of the main actors in Europe. Members of the Board are key institutional stakeholders, from both industry and regulation backgrounds.

PROSPERO Partners Meeting in Dublin

on Friday, 21 February 2014 16:08.


Members from PROSPERO's 14 partner organisations will meet at Trinity College Dublin next week, from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th February.

Partners will participate in a number of discussions, interactive workshops and work-out sessions to examine case study plans and actions, and functional demonstration of the PROSPERO system integration, as well as evaluation of case studies and the integration concept.

A short video of highlights of the meeting will be produced and available on the website in the coming months.



WP5 Workshop to take place in Milan

on Friday, 06 December 2013 16:48.

Next week, a group of 20 PROSPERO partners will gather in Milan, Italy for an intensive two day Work Package 5 workshop.

The main objective of WP5 is to organise and perform a set of Case Studies to support the actual development and implementation of the PROSPERO methodology at different levels of application.

Three sets of case studies will be designed and carried out, according to the three levels within the PROSPERO approach:

1. Organisational level

2. System level

3. Regulation level

PROSPERO partners will meet on 12th & 13th December to finalise these Case Studies that will be performed in the project, collaborating through working groups, plenary sessions and presentations.


Upcoming Events

on Monday, 08 July 2013 13:39.

WP3 Data & System Specification Work-Shop - 31st July & 1st August 2013, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin.

WP2 Workshop - Aerporto di Roma

on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:40.

In March 2013, around 20 PROSPERO partners came to Aerporto di Roma from across Europe for an intensive two day workshop.

Latest Edition of EASp Released

on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:53.

Last week the European Aviation Safety Agency released the third edition (2013-2016) of the European Aviation Safety Plan (EASp).

Inaugural meeting in Dublin, Ireland

on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:51.

PROSPERO’s inaugural meeting took place on 21st and 22nd November 2012 in Dublin, Ireland, which marked the kick off of the project. All partner organizations attended, along with members of the advisory board and the Project Officer from the European Commission.

Work is now underway on the first set of deliverables.

Partner Map

Partner Map

PROSPERO comprises 14 partner organisation across 8 European countries.

In the map on the left, you can click on each coloured country to see the participating organisations from that country.

For more detail, click on the circle dots within each coloured country for specific information about each organisation.



Thales Avionics SAS
Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex





Jeppesen GmbH

Bosnia and Herzegovina




Northern Cyprus




Faroe Islands

West Bank




Reducing Risk Exposure AS














Athens International Airport S.A.

Technical University of Crete






Deep Blue SRL

Kite Solutions SRL
Laveno Mombello

Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.

Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A.



Czech Republic


United Kingdom

Isle of Man





Trinity College Dublin

Carr Communications Ltd.

Corballis Consulting Ltd.


Fundacion Instituto de Investigacion Innaxis






Republic of Serbia







San Marino

Saudi Arabia



Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan


Carr Communications

5 Northumberland Road,
Dublin 4.

Tel: (+353.1) 772 8900

Trinity College, Dublin

Centre of Innovative Human Systems,
Department of Psychology,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2,

Tel: (+353.1) 896 1471

Corballis Consulting

Corballis Consulting Ltd.
The Tower,
Pearse Street,
Dublin 2.

Tel: (+353 86) 601 1919

Innaxis Research Institute and Foundation

José Ortega y Gasset, 20 - 6 planta,
28006 Madrid,

Tel: (+34 902) 955 527

Reducing Risk Exposure

Kjørbokollen 30,
1337 Sandvika,

Tel: (+47) 955 24 953

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44,

Tel: (+46 8) 790 6000

Thales Avionics SAS

45 rue de Villiers
92526 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex

Tel: (+33 1) 57 77 80 00


Frankfurter Straβe 233
63263 Neu-Isenburg

Tel: (+49) 6102 5070

Aeroporti di Roma

Aeroporti di Roma
Via dell'Aeroporto di Fiumicino 320,
00054 Fiumicino

Tel: (+39) 06 65951


Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.,
Piazza Almerico da Schio Pal. RPU
00054 Fiumicino

Tel: (+39) 06 65631

Deep Blue

Deep Blue SRL
Piazza Buenos Aires, 20
00198 Rome,

Tel: (+39) 06 855 5208

Kite Solutions

Kite Solutions SRL
Via Labiena 93,
21014 Laveno-Mombello,
(VA) Italy.

Tel: (+39) 0332 626910

Technical University of Crete

Technical University of Crete,

Tel: +30 28210 37047

Athens International Airport

Athens International Airport "EL. VENIZELOS" SA,
SPATA 19019,

Tel: (+30) 210 353 0000

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