Netherlands Aerospace Centre, The Netherlands
Lennaert is Operations Manager for Future Sky Safety (FSS), the EU co-funded research programme in the field of aviation safety, with an estimated budget of € 30 million. FSS brings together a consortium of 33 companies (with about 250 employees working for FSS) to develop new tools and new approaches to aeronautics safety, over four years from January 2015 onwards. FSS includes projects on solutions for runway excursions, total system risk assessment, resolving organizational accidents, human performance envelope and mitigating risk of fire, smoke and fumes. FSS coordinates all aviation safety research and innovation agendas in safety of EREA (Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics). For more than 3 years, he participated in ICAO’s RPAS Panel (both as advisor to the Dutch CAA and as rapporteur of the RPASP/SMP Joint Task Force (JTF) on RPAS Safety Management). This JTF develops safety management-related provisions to facilitate safe integration of RPAS into non-segregated airspace and aerodromes). He supports the Dutch and Hong Kong governments with research for policy making on UAS safety and operations. Within a multi-year (2007-2012) cooperation agreement between FAA and the Dutch CAA, he managed a safety research project on RPAS, focusing on safety aspects related to Detect and Avoid and Command and Control. He was Coordinator of the EC Project ASCOS (Aviation Safety and Certification of new Operations and Systems) (2012 – 2015), realising a novel approach for certification/ approval of changes in aviation. New methods/tools for safety based design and continuous safety monitoring have been developed. He obtained his PhD at in 2007, with a dissertation on Risk based decision support for new air traffic operations with reduced aircraft separation. He has some flight experience on light aircraft types.
Safety assurance is an important pillar of safety management. Safety data and collection, analysis and sharing of that data have an important role within safety assurance. Clearly data should be collected on accidents, incidents and hazards. There is however more and more a wish to additionally collect data on the normal operation. It is believed this data also contains clues towards safety issues. Identifying safety issues from normal operations signifies a true proactive approach. It is well known that access to operational and safety data is a bottleneck for definition of appropriate requirements and successful introduction of Safety Management in the RPAS sector. Realisation of a platform for collection and analyses of operational and safety data, supports the authorities with the approval of proposed RPAS operations and with the safety oversight of RPAS service providers. This will make it easier for the authorities to approve (specific) RPAS operations under certain conditions and requirements. In turn this could enable the RPAS operators/industry to safely and efficiently perform (many) more flights with RPAS. In the Dutch Infrastructure and Water Management Programmes on Knowledge for Policy Making on Aviation Safety and Drones, NLR performs a study on the development of tools for measurement and prediction of RPAS performance, including identification of good Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs). This capability is needed to validate rulemaking and prepare for foreseen ICAO Annex 19 standards on Safety Management Systems for RPAS operators and RPAS maintenance organisations. This presentation will outline the approach and expected benefits, user expectations from Dutch certified RPAS operators, the progress made and status of the project, and the next steps to take.