Research project

SAFELAND - SAFE LANDing through enhanced ground support

The SAFELAND project aims at supporting flight and landing of aircraft operated by a single pilot, in case of partial or total incapacitation of the pilot.

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 890599

SAFELAND will focus on the ground side and in particular on the role ATM could have in managing the transition from a single pilot operated flight to a status with reduced or absent contribution of the onboard pilot to landing. SAFELAND will investigate the interaction of the air traffic controller with onboard automation and/or a ground based pilot operating through a remote cockpit position to manage the flight. The concept will be evaluated at main phases of its development with different evaluation techniques including a real time simulation integrating a cockpit simulator, a control work position, a ground cockpit simulator and a simulated Airline Operation Control Centre. Evaluation will investigate different aspects including human factor, safety, security and cybersecurity, legal, economic and regulatory. SAFELAND results will be communicated and disseminated ensuring scientific links and exchange of information, data and results with research initiatives in different framework programme and in particular with the single pilot studies of Clean Sky. The project will last 24 months followed by other 6 months exclusively dedicated to Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation.

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The team

Group members

External Partners

  • Italy

    Deep Blue srl

    DEEP BLUE is a research and consultancy Italian SME, specialised in human factor, safety, validation and scientific dissemination. The company operates in contexts with high security, dependability and resilience requirements, such as ATM, Aviation, Railways Transportation and Healthcare. DEEP BLUE has a multidisciplinary team of specialists in human factor, cognitive science, interaction design and software engineering, dealing with the design, analysis and evaluation of complex socio-technical systems. In this activity DEEP BLUE considers the interaction, integration and the allocation of functions between all the components of the system, including human, procedures and automated equipment. Most of the company work is for European organisations, topics such as: analysis, evaluation and validation of concepts and systems in transportation; evaluation of resilience in socio-technical systems; safety analysis of air traffic concepts and systems; dissemination and transfer of research results.

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  • Belgium

    EUROCONTROL - European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation

    EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, is an intergovernmental Organisation with 41 Member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the ATM performance required for the 21st century. EUROCONTROL employs more than 1,900 highly qualified professionals spread over four European countries. EUROCONTROL has more than 50 years of experience in ATM concept development and validation, on its own and at the core of a pan European network of collaborators. Over the years, EUROCONTROL has led and participated in many research projects exploring innovative ATM concepts (free route, free flight, autonomous separation procedures). EUROCONTROL employs skilled researchers, ATM concept experts, cognitive psychologists and engineers. As an intergovernmental agency, EUROCONTROL maintains an objective viewpoint, unswayed by commercial interest.

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  • Germany

    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

    The German Aerospace Center DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency. In the SAFELAND project, scientists from the Institute of Flight Guidance of the DLR are participating. The Institute of Flight Guidance, located in Braunschweig, is working on the development and application of future processes and technologies for the integrated airborne and ground-based guidance of aircraft. These are decisive steps to keep air traffic safe in the future, while also making it more efficient and robust. The Institute is also involved in numerous projects within SESAR and has been involved in projects addressing research and development in several national and international contexts.

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  • Sweden

    Luftfartsverket (LFV)

    LFV (Luftfartsverket - Air Navigation Services of Sweden) is actively involved in many research projects within the EU and aims at improving safety, efficiency as well as overall ATM services within the European airspace. Moreover, LFV is involved in development of new operational concepts, procedures and technical aids in order to streamline the flow management, which is a vital part of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and impacts the environmental foot print of aviation. LFV has high quality competence within many areas such as Air Traffic Control, concept and operational development, Safety and Human Performance. LFV has also expertise within software development and engineering with an innovative strategy. Examples of services provided by LFV are as follows: • Air Navigation Services and Aeronautical Information Services • Research and concept development within ATM • Safety and efficiency analysis of new concepts and operational procedures • Research into Human and Machine interaction • Automation and artificial intelligence

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  • Belgium

    European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN)

    The European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) is the Association of the European Academia active in Aviation and Space research. The main objective of EASN is to support the development of new knowledge, innovation and breakthrough technologies through fundamental research in Aviation & Space. The long-term goal of EASN is to develop an open, unique European platform in order to structure, support and upgrade the research activities of the European Universities and to facilitate them to respond to their key role within the European Aviation & Space Research Community. EASN represents the European Academia in ACARE, the Stakeholder Platform on Space R&I and other forums and committees. EASN currently has more than 400 registered members, including individuals, universities and other organizations, through which it can network with more than 10,000 academic staff, researchers and scientists throughout Europe. Furthermore, EASN has agreements with industrial and SME groups for the dissemination of knowledge and research related information. The EASN Association will be represented in this proposal by EASN-Technology Innovation Services (EASNTIS). The latter is contractually linked to EASN and is exclusively authorized to act on its behalf in research projects, including project management and administration.

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  • Italy

    EuroUSC Italia srl

    EuroUSC Italia personnel owns more than four decades of involvement in military and civil aviation at global level and in the domains of ATM/ANS, airspace design and management, aerodromes, flight testing and rulemaking, as well as one decade of practical experience on drones, including airworthiness and qualification of remote pilots, safety assessment, human factors, validation of new concepts and related technologies for Air Traffic Management. EUROUSC ITALIA covers all domains relevant for the civil UAS industry and for drones flying under General Air Traffic (GAT) rules. The main areas of activity of the company are: consultancy services on RPAS safety and security, standardization of European Regulation and high education for RPAS Pilots and Safety/Quality Managers.

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  • Portugal

    Airholding SA

    The EMBRAER RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY EUROPE (AIRHOLDING SA) is the European arm of the Embraer Research and Technology Unit, and is part of Airholding SA, a full European subsidiary of Embraer S.A. AIRHOLDING SA is mostly involved in collaborative projects, up to TRL 7, with partners in Europe and elsewhere. AIRHOLDING SA aims, at high level, to bring value to the Embraer group by: fostering strategic relationships with European networks of partners and suppliers, creating, exploiting and sustaining new, European based, technology and business streams, and contribute to the overall of aviation safety improvement. In specific, AIRHOLDING SA is mainly active in projects related with cyber-physical systems, future propulsion, automation, sustainability and mobility. AIRHOLDING SA benefits from Embraer 50 year heritage of successful aircraft design, production, certification and support and more than 14 years collaboration with European partners in Framework and National European R&I programmes. AIRHOLDING SA can complement its expertise with know-how from the EMBRAER group, extending its capabilities.

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  • Switzerland

    Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS)

    Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the airline of Switzerland. In 2019 the company served over 100 destinations in 45 countries worldwide from Zurich and Geneva and carried almost 19 million passengers with its fleet of around 90 aircraft. Its Swiss WorldCargo division provided a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to around 130 destinations in more than 80 countries.

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