The subject of this report, concerns aviation safety. Its objective is to analyse 160 aviation-safety research projects to determine how they are contributing to safer flights for European citizens, whether via better aviation policies, safer designs and operational practices, improved safety standards and regulations, or enhanced safety management in the industry.

Aviation is generally seen as being the leader for safety in the four transport modes (air, rail, sea and road), and safety research helps maintain this position of confidence with passengers and businesses alike. The results of the analysis of the projects show that safety research
and innovation are indeed addressing today’s key risks, as well as the systemic issues that underpin effective safety governance across the industry, and the emerging safety issues posed by drones.