Following calls for tenders, EASA has now signed contracts for five new research projects, all funded from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.
With the contracts in place, EASA is now excited to kick-start the following research projects:
- Helicopter Underwater Escape (HUE#2), improving the likelihood of a successful escape in survivable helicopter water impact accidents.
- Machine learning application approval (MLEAP), Artificial Intelligence technology for systems intended for use in safety-related applications in civil aviation.
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standards (SHEPHERD), looking into the technical assessment of the standards for the safe use of UASs.
- Mental health (MESAFE), assesses new medical developments for the early diagnosis as well as treatment of mental health conditions for pilots and air traffic controllers.
- Risk Assessment Tool Technical Specifications (RAT), develop technical specifications for the creation of a risk assessment tool (RAT) to early identify hazards associated with a specific type of product for a given concept of operation.
The projects will be managed by EASA and are part of a bundle of 15 different project tenders, spanning over six research actions, with an overall budget of 14.2 million Euro.
These six research actions address EASA’s and European Member States’ research needs and requirements related to civil aviation:
- Lessons-learned from recent accidents / incidents in Air Transport
- Safety standards for the introduction of key concepts and technologies
- Solutions for runway safety
- Standards supporting the digital transformation of aviation
- Development of new aviation health safety standards
- Impact of security measures on safety
Tender procedures for the remaining projects are ongoing, with all contracts intended to be awarded and projects being on the way by end 2022.
More information on EASA’s Research activities can be found on EASA’s website ‘Research & Innovation’.