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The HvA Aviation Academy wins the SIA RAAK-PRO Grant!

13 May 2015 14:42

With the start of the project ‘Measuring Safety in Aviation – Developing Metrics for Safety Management Systems’ the Stichting Innovation Alliantie (SIA) has declared that the HvA Aviation Academy has won a grant of €700.000,- for this project. With this grant the HvA Aviation Academy is financed to execute future investigations on this subject until September 2019.

Aviation safety is continuously improving. However, the number of reports of issues in which aviation safety is compromised is approximately 11.000 annually for the Netherlands alone, and on a global scale aviation accidents occur daily that lead to damage to aeroplanes. To further improve safety new international regulations for safety management have been set. These new regulations oblige each organization in the aviation industry to assess their safety outcomes. The safety outcomes (incidents and accidents) are used to identify necessary changes in company processes. Indeed, under the new regulations safety management should locate risks in operational processes before incidents occur.

This measuring the safety of operations is novel to the industry and currently relies heavily on the use of safety outcome data. However, adverse events are very rare in aviation and the existing data on incidents and accidents is very limited. For instance, the 11.000 incidents are only a very small percentage of the total amount of flight movements in the Netherlands, and the current accident rate is only 3,2 accidents per million departures world-wide. Especially small and medium sized companies (SMEs, MKB in Dutch) lack sufficient data (because the scope of their operations is very limited) to set any appropriate safety alerts and targets, and monitor performance against these. And no other objective criteria currently exist to measure the safety of their operations, i.e. define what safety risks exist.

As a result, several companies have approached the Aviation Academy of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, requesting insight in the possibilities to identify, assess and mitigate risks and thus comply with the aims set by the new safety regulations. This RAAK-PRO proposal aims to help them by identifying means to measure the safety of their operations without the benefit of large amounts of safety relevant data. The research will identify suitable indicators for safety performance, develop a long list of metrics for safety management by modelling the operations of different areas of aviation into individual components and its interactions, generate and validate a short list of suitable metrics and translate this knowledge into a web-based dashboard for the industry to evaluate the safety of their operations in a more objective way than is currently possible.


Partners (companies, schools and mkb-organisations):

Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG), JetSupport BV, Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR),  Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV (KLM), Ministerie voor Infrastructuur en Milieu, Sky Service Netherlands BV, SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance BV, European Pilot Selection & Training BV, Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart (KNVvL), HeliCentre BV, Transavia, Arkefly (TUI Airlines Nederland BV), Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL), KLM Cityhopper, Team HF PartG, Griffith University – Safety Science Innovation Lab, Delft University of Technology – Safety & Security Science Group, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Militaire Luchtvaart Autoriteit (MLA), Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (ILT), STg. Human Factors in Aviation Group.