Posted On 30-12-2018
The 6th annual World Aviation Safety Summit, hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), discussed some of the biggest safety challenges and trends facing the international industry today.
New regulations, safety culture and machine learning have set new challenges for the global aviation industry, the summit was told.
These trends include developments in regulation, and how machine learning and artificial intelligence can provide new solutions to aviation safety in the coming years, said speakers at the event.
HE Mohammed A Ahli, Director General of DCAA, in his welcome message said the authority is taking a proactive role in implementing new technologies and systems to enhance safety with particular focus on the opportunities offered by machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.
"With the increasing demand for the use of airspace and growth in the aviation and unmanned aircraft system (UAS), we all must play a part in facilitating collaborative discussion about safety management and incident prevention, as well as comprehensive and effective planning," he said.
The importance of utilising data analytics and improving cyber security across aviation organizations were the central focus areas for the summit. The summit welcomed more than 300 regional and international experts to discuss a range of topics that are top priorities for safety of the air transport sector. These ranged from ground handling incidents, communications, dangerous goods, flight data, effective management and reduction of flight overlap, safety performance, as well as evaluating best practices within the industry.
The 2018 edition of the summit brought together local and international stakeholders, providing a platform to assess the latest aviation safety procedures and future-proof regulatory frameworks. Attendees and participants included officials from regulatory authorities, airline and airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organizations and air traffic control service providers.
Khalid Al Arif, Executive Director Aviation Safety and Environment Sector, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said that this year's edition of the Summit has succeeded in attracting the world's leading experts to discuss and exchange experiences on the most important issues related to safety of the aviation sector. He added that Dubai is an industry leader as a global hub for air transport linking the East and West of the world through a world-class infrastructure with some of the highest global standards.
He called for more collaboration around safety management and incident prevention, as well as comprehensive and effective planning.
Khalid Al Arif focused on the regional scene. He spoke about how the Middle East air transport industry has witnessed rapid growth and development, which has brought a range of safety challenges. Increasing demand for air routes along with high levels of aircraft and UAV movements in a crowded airspace are some of these challenges.
The developments in regulation session focused on how harmonisation of national law and regulations is needed with those of industry-leading states.
Omar Kaddoha, Director of Flight Safety, Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Lebanon, stressed the importance of having a harmonisation strategy to ensure the safety of the air transport sector under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Summit delivered a dedicated session that showcased how using artificial intelligence can help investigators in case analysis and provide them with real time insights. The session informed airports and airlines about the capabilities of existing systems and how AI solutions can be enabled to learn from recommendations from the past. DCAA demonstrated an Integrated Investigation and Notification System (IIAN) and the impact that it has had so far on operations.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Blooshi, Head of Accidents Investigation Section, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, commented on how machine learning and AI could have an impact on the future of aviation safety in terms of saving time and creating greater efficiency.
Sally Longstaff, Safety Analyst, Group Safety at Emirates, reviewed a range of techniques and methods for obtaining the best possible data for safety decision makers based on statistics. The Head of Flight Safety at NetJets Europe gave a presentation on how flight data can be used to enhance safety management systems.
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