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Graphic element ACARE update – the Farnborough International 2002 air show
    26-09-2002
 
Eurofighters take to the skies at Farnborough
Eurofighters take to the skies at Farnborough
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The European aeronautics industry was out in force at the Farnborough International 2002 air show, an event that featured new planes, new ideas and a presentation of the initial findings of ACARE, the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe.

Organised by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) , The Farnborough International air show is the world-renowned shop window for the aerospace industry. This year’s edition gave over 300 000 visitors an opportunity to witness daring aerial displays and to visit presentations by about 1 200 exhibitors. Dominating the static aircraft exhibit were the Airbus and Boeing displays, as well as numerous military aircraft, including the the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the fighter aircraft of the future developed by Lockheed Martin with help from BAE Systems. Meanwhile, dazzled spectators were treated to non-stop overhead displays by a number of other exciting new aircraft.

Farnborough, located southwest of London, is considered the ‘cradle of British aviation’ and the air show this year paid tribute to that legacy with the re-dedication of a memorial to the UK’s first powered flight.

ACARE findings
 

It was against this backdrop that Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin was invited to a presentation and to give his views on the initial findings of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE). Its blueprint for a new strategic research agenda includes a number of key proposals:

  • a consistent and co-ordinated R&D drive at national and EU levels, in both public and private sectors, with integrated technological platforms, large scale research test-beds, joint trans-national R&D projects and schemes to promote new ideas and foster innovation and technology transfer;
  • the launch of an ad-hoc forum with Member States to improve research infrastructures;
  • a new Aeronautics Contact Point information network that would help make the most of EU know-how in aeronautics;
  • an EU-wide certification system for validating new technologies;
  • an upgrading of skills and human resources, for instance by fostering researcher mobility and life-long training.

In his statement, Mr Busquin said, “I welcome ACARE’s findings. They are consistent with our 2020 vision for aeronautics and the STAR 21 report (‘Strategic Aerospace Review for the 21st Century’) released last week. All agree on the need to step up research in this sector. The success of our aeronautics industry today depends on research investments made 15 years ago. Unless we invest more in R&D today and adopt a consistent approach at the EU level, we compromise the sector’s future. In a global and highly competitive market, European enterprises cannot be successful without joining forces with the EU and Member States. Building on a vision for aeronautics in the 21st Century, we can avoid duplication and waste of resources, and combine forces to reach a critical mass at the European level. The Sixth Framework Programme for EU RTD will allocate € 1.075 billion to aerospace-related research, but in addition to funding and access to financing, the sector needs regulatory and policy support, to help create a true industrial platform for EU aeronautics.”

 
Sustainability is key
 

According to ACARE’s findings, the aeronautics industry, after the early ‘heroic age’ and the subsequent ‘commercial age’, is now entering a new phase of ‘sustainable growth’. Step changes are needed in different areas, including air traffic management, propulsion and aerodynamics, to meet the challenges set out in the ‘2020 Vision’. In concrete terms, this means an acceleration of the research effort. The research system has to be better organised and more efficient, so as to obtain more money for research and more research for the money.

A thriving aerospace industry is a key factor in helping Europe meet the March 2000 Lisbon Council goal of becoming the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. The United States spends twice as much on non-military aeronautics research, and 14 times as much on military R&D, than the EU. Therefore, ACARE strongly supports the March 2002 Barcelona Council objective of raising overall EU R&D spending to 3% of European GDP by 2010. ACARE, like the STAR 21 report, points to a target figure of € 100 billion to be invested in aeronautics R&D over the next 20 years.

 
ACARE – membership and mission
 

ACARE was launched last year at the Paris Air Show. It has 30 members including representatives from EU Member States, the Commission, the EU aeronautics industry and users. ACARE meets several times a year, with the primary mission of defining and implementing the aeronautics strategic research agenda.

Joining Commissioner Busquin at the Farnborough event were Mr Walter Kröll, Chairman of ACARE and Chairman of the Helmholtz-Gemeinshaft Deutscher Forschungszentren (HGF, Association of German Research Centers), Mr Jean-Marc Thomas, Vice-Chairman of ACARE and Vice President of EADS, and Jean-Paul Béchat, Chairman & CEO, SNECMA Group and AECMA President.

 
ACARE findings
Sustainability is key
ACARE – membership and mission
   

Key data

Growth activities in aeronautics are covered under the New perspectives in aeronautics key action.

     

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