We are reviewing the submitted papers at the moment. A draft version of the program will be published on the website soon.

The program consists of several interactive workshops on 18 March and a two days conference on 19-20 March. The program for the conference days will be published after 7 February. Please find more details about the registration here.

Interactive workshops for industry professionals and academic delegates (tbd date)

Workshop 1: Change & Safety Management (Maria Papanikou)

Aim: The workshop departs from three key problems in aviation safety management: a) the emphasis on technology as part of the risk management paradigm (Safety I), serving as a remedy to human error, b) the assumption of an aviation industry being structured in a hierarchical manner (top-down), and c) the under-conceptualisation of proactive safety management. With an underpinning emphasis on change management, the workshop employs appreciative inquiry, optimising trade-offs between problem- and strength-based inquiries. Following this, the results of the group on safety management will be practiced in the safety planning of an aviation organisation. 


Workshop 2: Maintenance of Modern Materials (Maaik S. Borst and Konstantinos P. Stamoulis)

Modern materials such as composites are increasingly being used in the aviation industry due to their superior mechanical properties and their competitive, through-life environmental behaviour. These key characteristics make them a preferred material for lightweight and more efficient aerospace structures in civil (e.g. Boeing 787, Airbus A350) and military (e.g. NH90, F-35) aircraft which need to be maintained and repaired. The market for maintenance and repair (MRO) of composite structures is new and expected to grow fast in the coming decade.

This workshop aims to enhance the awareness of professionals of the key areas pertaining to composites and to promote modern MRO practices. The workshop focuses on an understanding of the following areas: a) materials and failure mechanisms overview, b) non-destructive testing (NDT) and damage assessment and c) repair methodologies.


Workshop 3: Understanding Airport Capacity (Geert Boosten and Catya Zuniga Alcaraz)

Fast growth of aviation puts a high pressure on the entire aviation system. It becomes very difficult at airports to meet airlines schedules and passengers’ expectations on quality and reliability. Increasingly airports are working at maximum capacity for most of the day. Realization of airport expansion plans often reduce the available capacity in the short term and create operational challenges. Operational disruptions in early morning operations cannot be recovered during the entire operational day. It is difficult to control the operations while airport users demand transparency and predictability of the expected-on time performance. Procedures and tools like A-CDM, simulation, arrival and departure management ATC procedures are implemented to improve the airports capacity performance. All these tools are based on the current operating concept. 

In the workshop we will focus on understanding the drivers for capacity use. Is it possible to free up existing capacity by changing business models or stakeholder behavior? What is the impact of A-CDM on airport capacity and how can operational parties like airport, airline, ATC and government agencies improve the airports overall performance by close cooperation? Do we need an APOC?