Aviation sector collaborates to make ultra-safe travel even safer

on 12 November 2015.

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 www.prosperofp7.eu.  Follow developments of the PROSPERO project on Twitter: @PROSPEROFP7

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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.

Belgium

France

Thales Avionics SAS
Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex
France.

Bulgaria

Denmark

Croatia

Germany

Jeppesen GmbH
Neu-Isenburg,
Germany

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hungary

Jordan

Algeria

Northern Cyprus

Jersey

Finland

Belarus

Faroe Islands

West Bank

Lebanon

Portugal

Norway

Reducing Risk Exposure AS
Oslo,
Norway.

Turkey

Georgia

Liechtenstein

Latvia

Estonia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Romania

Egypt

Poland

Libya

Switzerland

Greece

Athens International Airport S.A.
Athens,
Greece.

Technical University of Crete
Crete,
Greece.

Russia

Iraq

Iceland

Albania

Italy

Deep Blue SRL
Rome,
Italy.

Kite Solutions SRL
Laveno Mombello
Italy.

Alitalia
Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.
Rome,
Italy.

Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A.
Rome,
Italy.

 

Guernsey

Czech Republic

Cyprus

United Kingdom

Isle of Man

Austria

Netherlands

Andorra

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin,
Ireland.

Carr Communications Ltd.
Dublin,
Ireland.

Corballis Consulting Ltd.
Dublin
Ireland.

Spain

Fundacion Instituto de Investigacion Innaxis
Madrid,
Spain.

Montenegro

Moldova

Syria

Tunisia

Morocco

Republic of Serbia

Kosovo

Macedonia

Aland

Slovakia

Malta

Slovenia

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Ukraine

Sweden

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan
Stockholm,
Sweden.

Israel

Carr Communications

5 Northumberland Road,
Ballsbridge,
Dublin 4.

Email: info@carrcommunications.ie
Tel: (+353.1) 772 8900
Web: www.carrcommunications.ie

Trinity College, Dublin

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

Email: nmcdonld@tcd.ie
Tel: (+353.1) 896 1471
Web: www.tcd.ie

Corballis Consulting

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

Email: timothy.kelly@corballis.ie
Tel: (+353 86) 601 1919
Web: www.corballis.ie

Innaxis Research Institute and Foundation

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

Email: innovation@innaxis.org
Tel: (+34 902) 955 527
Web: www.innaxis.org

Reducing Risk Exposure

Kjørbokollen 30,
1337 Sandvika,
Norway.

Email: Post@Reducingrisk.no
Tel: (+47) 955 24 953
Web: www.reducingrisk.no

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44,
Stockholm,
Sweden.


Tel: (+46 8) 790 6000
Web: http://www.kth.se/en

Thales Avionics SAS

45 rue de Villiers
92526 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex
France

Email: press.office@thalesgroup.com
Tel: (+33 1) 57 77 80 00
Web: www.thalesgroup.com

Jeppesen

Frankfurter Straβe 233
63263 Neu-Isenburg
Germany

Tel: (+49) 6102 5070
Web: http://ww1.jeppesen.com/

Aeroporti di Roma

Aeroporti di Roma
Via dell'Aeroporto di Fiumicino 320,
00054 Fiumicino
Rome,
Italy.


Tel: (+39) 06 65951
Web: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-fiumicino

Alitalia

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

Tel: (+39) 06 65631
Web: http://www.alitalia.com/

Deep Blue

Deep Blue SRL
Piazza Buenos Aires, 20
00198 Rome,
Italy.

Email: info@dblue.it
Tel: (+39) 06 855 5208
Web: http://www.dblue.it/

Kite Solutions

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


Tel: (+39) 0332 626910
Web: http://www.kitesolutions.it/

Technical University of Crete

Technical University of Crete,
Chania,
Crete,
Greece.

Email: epapadogeorgaki@isc.tuc.gr
Tel: +30 28210 37047
Web: http://www.tuc.gr/3324.html

Athens International Airport

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

Email: airport_info@aia.gr
Tel: (+30) 210 353 0000
Web: www.aia.gr