2018 IFA Technical Events –  Presentations

Monday 26th November – RAeS Sir Maurice Flanagan Lecture
Safety related digital records in aviation – regulatory issues and vulnerabilities by John Vincent, IFA CEO

Tuesday 27th November – Conference

Keynote Speech – John McColl, CAA UK

Part 1 – Advancing Technology to Manage Risk
Moderated by John Vincent, IFA CEO

 Innovative Maintenance to Manage Structural Risks Safely and
Steve Swift, IFA VP Australasia

In line with the Session’s theme, Steve will explain the biggest advance ever in structural maintenance technology and how it can help maintenance managers to not only improve safety, but also identify opportunities to save on maintenance.

Digitalisation of Records
Wajahat Ali Khan, Jet Aviation
Nick Edge, Emirates airline
“Aviation has developed exponentially over the past 15 years, especially with regards to On-board, Ground Based Technology & Data availability & yet today the predominance of Maintenance Records within Global Aviation still adheres to that age old comfort blanket, Paper

The Speed & Need of Data far surpasses the Speed of Paper. My presentation will focus on the Risks & Benefits that Records Digitisation provides to even the smallest Operator, Lessor & MRO, not just for historic purposes but in ensuring the ‘Needle in the Haystack’ is available to the Right People, at the Right Time to make Right Decisions

Computer Generated Parts – Shajee Rafi, Emirates airline

Part 2 –  Operational Risks and the Human
Moderated by Daniel Olufisan, Wing Engineering Ltd

 “Yes Sir, it is supposed to look like that – Safety Culture in Maintenance” – Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, Emirates airline
The interest of the aviation industry in culture, especially safety culture, is still in a developing stage in regards to understanding how culture affects practices in an airline. In the field of maintenance this has not yet received the same attention as for pilots and air traffic controllers although the tools to explore, understand and develop a safety culture are the same regardless of the professional roles. There has been some work on culture in maintenance showing that there is strong professional culture which is similar across different organisations, but also that there are differing notions of safety culture between and even within organisations. Focusing on this professional culture, reinforcing it and merging it with safety culture can provide a way forward in preventing drift and in bridging the gap between procedures and practice. This presentation will highlight some aspects of culture and safety culture, including the concepts of reliability and resilience, link them to the role of culture in maintenance and propose how they can be trained.  

Fatigue and Duty Time Limits in Aircraft Engineering
– Tim Garrett, Emirates airline
Recent GCAA issuance of CAR Part V 145.47(b) in reference to GCAA Safety Alert 2017-04 and Emirates Airline Ground Operations Fatigue Working Group initiatives and status updates.

Using Aviation Psychology for Cultural Centric Training
– Capt. Naushad Anjum, Air Arabia

Chronic UneaseMark Boumans, Quality & HSSE Systems Manager, Shell Aircraft.

Wednesday 28th November – Workshops

Session 1 – ‘New structural inspection technologies: how do we assure safety without stifling innovation?
A panel of regulatory and industry experts will discuss the standards and processes for the regulatory approval of new inspection technologies for aircraft structure.  One example for discussion and demonstration will be a robot that can crawl all over an aircraft (event upside down) to inspect the surface with a video camera or other sensor.

Session 2 – Identifying high risk areas in airworthiness focusing on causal factors
Recently, two different research projects analysed two separate datasets from European Central Repository (ECR) and accidents / serious incident investigation reports from ‘Air Safety Network’ & Skybrary databases. While both projects developed different taxonomies to categorise the occurrence reports and accidents/serious incidents, they mainly focused on the outcomes since the information about causal/contributory factors was either unavailable or very limited. We (IFA) now will combine the results of these two studies and collect data further data from professionals attending events in Dallas, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. We will continue working with a view to producing a white paper to identify high risk areas in airworthiness and potential causal/contributory factors. This is an ongoing work with EASA, French MRO Network and ex-UK MEMS Group members. We believe collecting data from UAE community will give us the opportunity to compare views of professionals in different regions.