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Postponed: SAFE 360˚, the Safety in Aviation Forum for Europe - 2020

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Date and Time

Postponed until 4th Quarter of 2020 – exact date to be announced.


In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SAFE 360° conference will be postponed until the 4th Quarter (Q4) of 2020. The new date for the conference will be announced in the coming weeks, at a time when it has become easier to plan such an event.

In direct response to this crisis, the SAFE 360° (2020) agenda will be adjusted to focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry from a safety perspective. Discussions will range from the impact of reduced operations to the management of a safe return to operations. The precise agenda will be tailored to address the emerging industry needs as we all learn more about the impact of the pandemic. 

We thank everyone for the strong interest in the conference, which was almost booked to capacity in February 2020. For participants who had already registered for the April dates, EASA will refund the conference fee in full. Registration for the postponed conference will be opened when the new date and agenda has been announced. All participants who were registered for the April conference will be guaranteed a seat at the postponed conference, provided they re-register in the announced timeframe.

Description of the event

SAFE 360˚ is an innovative conference which strives to break down silos by examining key safety issues through a cross-domain perspective in an interactive environment. The conference includes the complete spectrum of aviation stakeholders drawn from up and down the technical and management chain.

The conference abides by the Chatham House Rule, which allows its participants to talk freely without attribution of their contribution. Attendees are asked not to identify and take information out of the conference without the source’s permission.

What can we expect in SAFE 360˚ (2020)?

The upcoming SAFE 360˚ will focus on drawing more links with the EASA Safety Risk Management process and the growing importance of big data in augmenting safety intelligence. The key takeaways from the upcoming edition will contribute directly to the analysis of safety issues, refining our Safety Risk Portfolios and potentially, the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS).

It will also be the first conference in Europe to showcase the link between the wider aviation safety communities and the Data4Safety (big) data-driven safety intelligence.

Day 1 – Keynote Panel: Safety Culture and Data4Safety: Unveiling First Results

Keynote Panel: Safety Culture

Has the aviation sector truly embraced Safety Culture? A critical reflection on our performance.

An organisation’s safety culture is a key driver of how effectively it can manage safety. As safety culture varies significantly across European aviation, are there still silos within organisations? Do we operate as one community or as a series of separate aviation communities with their own cultures?

This panel aims to make use of the unique SAFE 360˚ approach to explore how safety culture is currently perceived within organisations across different aviation domains, the existing tools which can help us with improving safety culture within organisations and what we can do to improve safety culture in the aviation industry as a whole.

The panel will discuss ideas such as the role of senior management in creating the right culture, the impact of culture in maintaining safe operations, and the approach an organisation takes in managing safety. The SAFE 360˚ keynote panel provides an opportunity to discuss, debate and share experiences on this important topic.

Data4Safety: Unveiling First Results

A game-changer around the corner?

Data4Safety (D4S) is the European data analysis and sharing programme launched in 2017 by EASA, in collaboration with 12 voluntary European aviation safety partners.

D4S aims to collect and share the most valuable sources of aviation data in a highly protected environment. In this environment, aviation partners can join forces with data scientists to infer knowledge and produce actionable safety intelligence for Europe. This is achieved by leveraging on cutting-edge big data technologies and digital solutions.

Since the kick-off of this major initiative, fundamental breakthroughs have been achieved in the proof-of-concept phase with key deliverables, including initial results from the case studies.

Now that D4S has come to life in Europe and is evolving rapidly, the question of its integration and impact on the European Aviation System is of utmost importance.

Through this panel, we plan to explore how D4S can integrate with the existing aviation ecosystem, connect with the wider aviation community and impact the management of aviation safety in Europe.

Day 2 – 360˚ Panels and 360° Review of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)

360˚ Panels

The aim of the 360° Panels is to discuss safety issues in a 360° manner, i.e. with multidisciplinary approach and a cross-domain perspective in an interactive environment. We want to gather panellists to offer a wide range of perspectives from the different aviation domains i.e. air navigation service providers, air operators, aerodrome operators, aviation training organisations, maintenance, manufacturers, regulators etc.

Approach Path Management

Am I on track to a safe landing?

Approach path management is crucial in ensuring that aircraft lands safely on the runway. During approach, flight crew have to simultaneously manage the energy of the aircraft, the impact of the weather conditions and decisions regarding go-arounds.

In addition to flight crew training and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), it is also important to consider the design and relevance of the procedure for the approach flown, potential disruption in the Instrument Landing Signal (ILS) capture and the regulatory framework governing these areas.

The panel aims to delve into this safety issue further and explore potential mitigations to reduce airborne and runway collision risks. The outcomes of the panel discussions will support and orientate the next steps of the case study on management of go-arounds currently conducted as part of D4S.

Reliance on Satellite Navigation

Are we becoming overly reliant on satellite navigation?

With increasing levels of adoption of satellite-based navigation, aircraft and flight crew are becoming more vulnerable to jamming, spoofing and overreliance.

The increased use of satellite-based navigation poses safety challenges to flight operations, especially when the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) unit fails. Thus, it is important to ascertain these challenges and consider the mitigations needed to minimise this risk.

The panel aims to understand the extent of the safety issue and explore potential actions that different stakeholders can undertake to mitigate the risk.

Turnaround Safety

How do we perform safe and efficient turnarounds?

Airlines are striving to turn around their aircraft as quickly as possible. To do this in a safe manner, the turnaround process needs to be managed properly, taking into account the safety of the ground staff servicing the aircraft, the on-board crew, the passengers and other involved partners.

The panel aims to get a full view of the different processes involved in a turnaround, understand the needs of the different stakeholders, explore different ideas and unique solutions that can be used to mitigate the risk of personal injuries and property damage during turnarounds.

360° Review of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)

360° Review of FDM

How to make the most of Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) for managing safety?

In Europe, FDM is recognised as one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of air operators to manage the safety of their operations and augment their Safety Management System.

The wealth of in-service FDM data collected by air operators provide valuable opportunities for managing the safety of their operations and the safety of operations in the European aviation system. However, the proper implementation of FDM by air operators still faces a significant number of challenges.

This panel proposes a review of all the key stages of FDM from the capture and analysis of FDM data down to the use of the outputs coming from FDM programmes. The limitations that air operators experience in each of these stages will be discussed along with proposals on how to best overcome them.

Day 3 – 360˚ Workshops and Breakout Sessions

360˚ Workshops

The aim of the 360˚ workshops is to engage stakeholders from different domains to brainstorm mitigation actions on specific safety issues which may potentially contribute to the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS).

Entry of Aircraft Performance Data

The incorrect entry of data into the Flight Management System (FMS) that is used to set the take-off or landing performance parameters of the aircraft can have catastrophic consequences. This can potentially occur due to miscommunication errors, errors in Electronic Flight Bags (EFB), last minute changes, and the incorrect calculation of the performance parameters.

Prevention strategies may include technological solutions, FDM performance monitoring and the provision of performance data by operators to crews, etc. These strategies should be feasible and aim to deliver realistic improvements.

This workshop aims to review current Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training, mitigations proposals and enacted solutions, and if applicable, propose additional mitigations to address this safety issue.

Safe Use of Airspace

The safe use of airspace is essential in mitigating the risk airborne collisions between manned aircraft. Airborne collisions have been on an increasing trend. Thus, it is important to address the precursor events,such as airspace infringement and loss of separation, to prevent them from developing into an actual airborne collision. 

This workshop will explore several key factors such as conspicuity of aircraft, airspace complexity, link between airspace design and operational procedures and airmanship. 

This workshop will also review existing mitigations and if applicable, propose additional mitigations to address the safe use of airspace from a multi-stakeholder perspective. The proposed mitigations will also contribute to the review of the European Action Plan for Airspace Infringement Risk Reduction (EAPAIRR).

Breakout Sessions

The aim of the Breakout Sessions is to discuss specific enablers which support the analysis of safety issues.

Flight Data Monitoring

As a follow up to the “360˚ Review of FDM” Panel, the FDM breakout sessions will address in a detailed manner some of the current major problems faced by air operators regarding FDM:  
  • How to best present, decide and act based on FDM outputs?
  • How to develop advanced analytics based on FDM data with a focus on approach landing, and aircraft energy management?
  • How to cope with some practical challenges in setting-up an efficient and industrial system for capturing and processing FDM data?
Each breakout session will be supported by a pool of academic and industry experts who will share their experience, techniques and best practices with participants.
Occurrence Reporting
The breakout session will address the following topics in three distinct sub-sessions: 
  1. Safety Data Collection and Quality
  2. Occurrence(s) investigation, Safety Data Analysis and Follow-up actions
  3. Voluntary Reporting and Just Culture 

For each of the topics, the session aims to understand existing challenges, share best practices and explore new ideas in overcoming obstacles that may hinder proper and effective implementation of the requirements.


Cancellation Policy

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the standard cancellation policy for EASA events does not apply to participants who have registered to the original date of the conference i.e. 27 to 29 April 2020. Participants who have registered to the original date of the conference will be entitled to a full refund of their registration fee.

Terms of Participation

SAFE 360° is an open exchange of ideas where speakers and participants shall abide by Just Culture principles. 

It is therefore required that all the participants and speakers commit themselves to respecting the following charter of conduct governing every interaction that takes place during SAFE 360°:

  1. All information is property of the presenting organisation.
  2. The information shared will by no means be used for any commercial, competitive or punitive purpose.
  3. The information presented to the participants will not be shared with external parties without the clear and written consent of the owner. 
  4. It is not allowed to record (audio or video) or take photographs of presentations.
  5. Anyone not following the terms for participation of SAFE 360° may be asked to leave the event.

Accommodation and Travel Arrangements

Hotel accommodation and travel expenses are not included in the registration fee. Participants are responsible for their hotel accommodation and their travel arrangements. EASA will not cover these costs.