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

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.6 A Timetable for Action

The Advisory Group believes that the priority action is to create the process that will lead to better identification of goals. This paper is not intended to imply that any particular grouping of interests or funding approach will be best. However, it is clear that there should be a strong and continuing investment by the EU that is focused on aeronautic, but the details should be considered in the light of the process recommended here.

Year 2000

The priorities for Year 2000 should be to:

  • Seize the leadership opportunity to make aeronautics in Europe a successful partnership between the EU, the nations and the stakeholders.
  • Establish the Process of consultation and co-operation in identifying high-level market and policy needs and the main challenges to their realisation.
  • Create the mechanisms for this to be successful - the creation of a High Level Group, and supporting teams.
  • Expand the support for this joint effort to those with a part to play in the successful expansion of aeronautics in Europe for the benefit of all.

First Results - The output from Year 2000 should establish:

  • A shared vision of aeronautics for the year 2020 adopted and maintained by the principal stakeholders.
  • A shared view of the main challenges, and the principal goals which will have to be met if this vision is to be enabled.

These elements should then be presented to the relevant political authorities.

After the 5th Framework Programme: the Next Stage

The 5th Framework Programme was a landmark in the development of the application of E.U. Framework Programmes to aeronautics.

  • It introduced new concepts for structuring aeronautics research.
  • It established innovatory types of large project that allow technologies to be integrated and validated.
  • It substantially increased the scale of aeronautics activity. o It applied new approaches to the focus and definition of projects.

The measures recommended in this paper represent a step forward in establishing additional mechanisms that will help to focus Research & Technology better throughout Europe. The consultations envisaged will help to develop the next Framework Programme and will also influence other activities.

The industry expects that the 6th Framework Programme will also have a very important part to play in conjunction with the other mechanisms by which Research & Technology Development is advanced in aeronautics.

In parallel with the consultation recommended here the industry will further develop its technology objectives and plan the projects that will be necessary to achieve them. These plans will also be progressively informed both by the measures outlined here and by the evolution of the market and by local and national discussions.

The effective planning, execution and application of Research & Technology Development will not, therefore, depend on a single sequential stream of activity but on our ability to fuse together a coincident variety of information, activities, capabilities and mechanisms into an effective whole.

     
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