Safety by Collaboration
Safety requires collaboration that includes every stakeholder. We are an active partner in all the major safety networks and a proactive player in numerous safety-related initiatives and promotion activities in our sector. This cooperation ensures we stay up-to-date with the latest safety developments and gives us a seat at the table for all major discussions and projects, national and international that aim to promote and improve safety.

Our collaborative approach puts safety at the heart of our operations and helps us to ensure the same for our customers. Below you can read details of just some of our recent and ongoing projects.

Leonardo and ENAV

Leonardo and ENAV have joined forces to develop innovative solutions for a more efficient use of helicopters in the dedicated IFR (Instrument Flight Rule) air space, which focus on digitalization, sustainability and safety.

Through this innovative collaboration, we combine our industrial capabilities for design, production, supply and support of modern, high-performance helicopters with ENAV’s expertise in the development and management of air space in Italy and overseas.

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is the latest generation of IFR procedures based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The latest certification standards of our helicopters, with their advanced systems and equipment, already allow the use of modern PBN navigation procedures, and ENAV has long been at the forefront of design for PBN procedures for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The adoption and implementation of PBN significantly enhances flight safety, environment protection, public service flexibility, responsiveness and effectiveness, and air transport efficiency.

PBN procedures, carried out through advanced satellite navigation, support air space optimisation, delivering greater flight operation safety thanks to greater navigation, approach and landing precision and accuracy, a key enabler particularly in certain weather conditions. It is combined with or replaces the more traditional land-based radio navigation systems.


Leonardo and its partners on ISMS

Our Division has developed an Infrared Stress Monitoring System (ISMS) for real-time monitoring of the stress to which helicopter crew members are subjected during operations. The ISMS was developed together with D'Annunzio University of Chieti–Pescara and the company Next2U, in collaboration with the Italian Army Aviation (Aviazione dell’Esercito, AVES).

ISMS uses infrared technology to identify the so-called "emotional variations" of an individual. A set of reactions – including heartbeat, breathing, hormone release, metabolic control – influence the skin temperature of some areas of the face, which is monitored using an infrared camera. The thermal data collected and processed through Artificial Intelligence algorithms constitutes an objective means of measuring the workload experienced by the pilot, based on Bedford Workload Rating Scale (BWRS) indexes. Patented algorithms allow finally identifying an integrated Stress Level Index (SLI) assessment. By assessing pilots’ reactions during flight operations, it will be possible to lower their workload and ensure safer mission planning.

This assessment of training effectiveness – based on quantitative and objective measurements of pilot reactions – provides a paradigmatic shift in an evidence-based pilot training. Not only is ISMS an innovative and highly promising step towards safer, more effective and efficient pilot training, it also promises a longer-term view that will support cockpit design that reduces pilot workload and ensures safer operations well into the future.


Leonardo and Together4Safety

The EASA Rotorcraft Together4Safety project has the objective to keep users informed and updated with all the latest news and information, and provide safety tips specifically to the rotorcraft community. Joining the related, Community Area allows updates to be received through email notifications.


Leonardo is an active partner of Together4Safety, contributing to generate and review safety promotion content. Sharing information and best practices is a key element for improving flight safety.


Leonardo and EPAS

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) constitutes the regional aviation safety plan for EASA Member States, setting out the strategic priorities, enablers and main risks affecting the European aviation system. EPAS is developed by EASA in close consultation with the EASA Member States and industry.

Leonardo is an active partner of the EPAS collaborative approach, participating in the key rulemaking, safety-promotion and research tasks, towards continuous improvement of the overall aviation safety in Europe.


Leonardo and EHA

The European Helicopter Association (EHA) is a not-for-profit association representing the interests of rotorcraft operators at European and international institutions.

European Helicopter Association logo

It provides advocacy towards the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament (EP), Eurocontrol, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and International Partnership Program (IPP), etc.

The EHA influences safety standards and growth of the European rotorcraft industry, creating new opportunities for its members. Leonardo is an active member of the EHA with the shared objectives to improve helicopter safety through:

  • Innovation: foster innovation aimed at enhancing the sustainability and safety of the vertical lift market
  • Regulation: participation in ICAO advisory boards, EASA advisory boards and EASA EPAS
  • Communication: communicate with all stakeholders the value of EHA. Increase recognition of rotorcraft industry.
  • Data sharing