Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

Eurocontrol Headquarters, Brussels

The 2023 Safety Forum

The 10th Annual Safety Forum will take place 7 - 8 June 2023 in Brussels. The event is focused on Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations.

The Forum is organised by the Flight Safety Foundation European Advisory Committee together with EUROCONTROL and the European Regions Airline Association

Registration is now open.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

As demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis, aviation industry resilience and vitality are in many areas constrained by the availability of suitably trained, qualified and experienced staff. The issue affects everyone – people on the sharp end in flight operations, maintenance, ground handling, air traffic control and airport personnel, as well as managers and other personnel on the blunt end. There has also been a loss of experience through normal retirement and through redundancies where alternative employment has proved more attractive than returning to aviation. At the same time, new realities in the industry and society, including paradigms for sustainable development, technological advances, new business models and new generations are bringing new demands for particular skills and knowledge.

Forum Presentations

The list below shows the possible topics of the presentations to be delivered at the Forum.

Humans for Current Safe Operations

  • Lessons taken from the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., skill fade)
  • Dealing with staffing limitations and mitigation strategies
  • Understanding human performance and organisational factors
  • Mental health and peer support programmes

Humans for Future Safe Operations

  • Understanding new technologies and industry demands 
  • Updating skills and knowledge requirements in a changing industry
  • Dealing with minimum standard training and regulatory changes
  • How to attract, select and retain the right talent

The Path to Diversity for Safe Operations

  • Understanding diversity as a driver of resilience and innovation
  • Sharing practical approaches to support diversity for safe operations
  • Managing inter-generational knowledge transfer

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