The aviation sector was massively disrupted in 2020, leading to a new safety landscape. EASA has produced its preliminary safety review for Air Ops in 2020. This should be considered in conjunction with the Review of Aviation Safety Issues Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prior to the crisis, the safety landscape was stable and known but we are now faced with a totally new situation where new risks have emerged. These risks include dealing with the rapid storage and de-storage of aircraft, management of wildlife hazards due to the reduced amount of aviation activity, and the degradation of skills and knowledge of aviation personnel caused by the reduction in operations. The rise of cyber-security and other security threats impacting safety has led the Agency to devote significant resources in these areas.
In June 2021, the SAFE 360 conference will enable the 360° industry-wide review of the most critical safety issues that are currently impeding recovery. An important objective for the Agency will be to further work on integrating safety, security and cyber-security risks to ensure a total system risk management approach. Such a consolidation of safety activities and intelligence capabilities will greatly enhance the European Aviation Community’s reactiveness to aviation risks. There are also a wide range of safety actions planned in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) that will further strengthen the aviation system as we return to normal operations