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6. European Aeronautics for the 2020s -
The Advisory Group Vision










6.5 Creating a process

Three steps to achievement

  • Share the Vision among the stakeholders.
  • Create a process within which the priority goals for the future can be mapped out.
  • Establish mechanisms within the European Research Area which will allow programmes to be constructed which secure the objectives in the most effective manner.

This Paper recommends that, under the leadership of the Commissioner for Research & Technology, a High Level Group should be established. This would consist of CEO level people nominated on an ad personam basis, drawn from the stakeholder community. The High Level Group would have a clear and limited objective - it should be disbanded when this work is complete.

The High Level Group would oversee the process in order to explore and develop the major goals that should be the stepping stones to the Vision. These would be described at the level of defined goals - not the detail of how they might be achieved. The High Level Group would be assisted by working groups examining separate areas of expertise. Working bodies already existing should be utilised as far as possible.

This work - to the timetable indicated on the next page - will be a precursor to the design of appropriate plans of research. These plans can then be designed with specific long-term goals in mind and the most appropriate mechanism used or created to achieve these by the most effective means.

For the aeronautics stakeholders the value of this work will rest in having a set of shared and agreed goals which will allow research into new aircraft, engines, equipment and Air Traffic Management to be guided by a unified sense of direction.

An Opportunity for Leadership:
European Answers for European Needs

Europe has established itself through a century of aeronautics. It has maintained a world leading level of expertise. This is challenged as never before. This paper recommends an original model which differs from the American one, for Europe has distinct political structures, cultures and inclinations. This paper recommends the innovative, flexible opportunity to demonstrate that a European answer, building on our evident strengths, can be developed.

This needs not just mechanisms but leadership. It needs leadership from politicians and industry, from regulators and environmentalists, from operators and local or regional authorities. This innovative approach can be a showcase for Europe. It can demonstrate that we can blend national and European activity, competition and collaboration, private and public funding, large nations and small in generating and realising a shared vision for the future that stems not from centralist control but from willing and effective co-operation.


The Advisory Group Vision



European Air Mobility for Sustainable Growth and Quality of Life

  • Airports have increased their passenger capacity to 3 times that of 2000.

  • Passengers experience delay free travel - in all weather.

  • Passengers spend less time waiting in airports than in 2000.

  • No excessive aircraft noise or external risk affecting citizens in residential areas.
  • Air travel generates less emissions impact than other forms of travel.

  • The number of aircraft related fatalities has fallen despite the growth in travel.

  • The same range of business and entertainment services and travelling comfort as passengers enjoy at home or office.

Europe - A Leader in a Global Market

  • European suppliers provide more than 50% of the world demand for aeronautics products - more than 4 times the output of 2000.

  • European companies succeed in all major sectors: aircraft, engines, equipment, services.

A Coherent "European Research Area"

  • Long term strategies for technology creation are pursued through a variety of harmonised mechanisms - privately, in national programmes and in European programmes.

  • Research goals are shared across Europe.

  • Europe uses its centres of excellence in industry, academia and in research institutes in a more efficient way.

  • The mixture of co-ordination and competition is optimised.

  • The mobility of researchers is increased.

  • There is consistency across educational curricula that encourages pan-European movement.
  • Research exploits e-networks fully.
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