Global Gathering For Major Aviation Initiative

A €30 million initiative to improve aviation safety will unveil its findings at an international conference to be held in Biarritz, France next month.
By: PresencePR

A €30 million initiative to improve aviation safety will unveil its findings at an international conference to be held in Biarritz, France next month.  The two-day conference, titled ‘The Human Role in Aviation’ will explore the findings to date of the Dublin based ‘HILAS’ (Human Integration into the Lifecycle of Aviation Systems) project on best practice in designing, operating, maintaining and regulating the international aviation industry.

“Aviation is changing rapidly and radically. Intense competition and increased growth within the industry means that the aviation industry not only has to step up to the challenge, but also improve its safety record. HILAS is delivering the tools and methods to help achieve this,” said Dr Nick McDonald, Senior Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin and Director of the HILAS Project.

The HILAS project is an international consortium, consisting of 38 partners from across the aviation industry and academia worldwide. People make the aviation system happen at every level and often it’s that ‘human element’ that gets blamed when things go wrong. HILAS examines and, where necessary, re-designs and develops the systems that people use so that they work in the best possible way to deliver what we all want, which is a safe, cost-effective, high quality, frequent aviation service.

HILAS is lead by Trinity College, Dublin, and funded in part by the European Commission and the participating aviation organizations – which include GE Aviation, Thales, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, easyJet, Iberia, Eurofly and Turbomeca. Formed in 2004, the HILAS team is dedicated to transforming the capability of the aviation system to manage the human role in aviation, at a time when it is facing unprecedented challenges in competition, safety and the environment.

Many of the leading figures in the aviation industry will gather at the two-day conference to learn what has been achieved to date, and how best to benefit from this research and implementation initiative. The keynote speaker, Daniel Calleja Crespo, the director of Aviation, of the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG Tren), is the senior official responsible for aviation within the European Commission.  

“This is potentially a turning point for the aviation industry, and the opportunity to create a better informed worldwide aviation community on these crucial issues” added Dr McDonald.  “This conference will be invaluable to delegates from a wide range of sectors, from the design side to flight operations, and maintenance to regulation.”

Speakers from SAS, Iberia, easyJet, GE Aviation and Turbomeca will share their experiences and the knowledge gained through participation in this project. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend workshops, discussions and demonstrations with their aviation contemporaries.  The Conference will also provide an opportunity to join the HILAS community and continue to avail of the ongoing findings and recommendations and the eventual project outcomes.

‘The Human Role in Aviation’ conference takes place in Biarritz, France on 1st and 2nd April 2009. For further information see:


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