EOFDM Conference in Cologne
Our Operations Director, Peter Clapp, attended the EOFDM conference hosted by EASA in Cologne earlier this month. The event was well attended and there were in excess of 100 delegates including operators, regulators and suppliers. The presenters were mainly from Europe, but there were also guest speakers from USA, Canada and Japan. The presentations covered a wide-range of topics, ranging from detailed FDM investigations into topics such as recognising abnormal runway acceleration and approach and landing trajectory, though to ways to disseminate FDM analysis results effectively.
Of particular interest at this years’ conference were a presentation by Paul Morell of American Airlines, who updated the delegates on progress and future direction for the US ISIAS program, which is collecting data from the majority of US carriers. In return, the operators are given de-identified access to analysis results. Following that, Rachel Daeschler of EASA outlined the European plans for a similar Data Sharing program ‘DATA4SAFETY’, which will be using the concept of ‘Big Data’. The was one comment following these two presentations which may have captured the mood of the delegates in asking the question, why, given the global nature of aviation, is more than one data sharing program was required! Either way, FlightDataPeople are well positioned to support such data sharing initiatives using our SMS360 and FDM360 solutions.
All of the presentations are available from the EASA website.