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Aeronautics: Cleaner, safer and more efficient:
Technology tackles tomorrow’s aviation challenges

Brussels, 19 June 2006


Aeronautics is strategic for Europe and research keeps Europe’s aeronautics sector on top. Industry and research establishments across Europe have a history of joining forces in this area and because of this aeronautics is a symbol of what Europeans can accomplish when they work together. Over 800 decision makers from European industry, airlines and research met in Vienna today to discuss putting more emphasis - and resources - on making aviation more environmentally-friendly, safe and secure, and cost efficient. The EU’s upcoming 7 th Research Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013) is set to provide new impetus for innovation by fostering cohesion of research across Europe and internationally and by triggering large-scale public-private initiatives.

“We are entering a new age in aviation, that of sustainable growth,” said Janez Poto cnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, speaking at the fifth Aeronautics Days conference in Vienna . “To meet this challenge, Europe's only option is to continue working towards a more cohesive approach to research and technology development, followed by all the stakeholders, both public and private.”

The aeronautics industry is one of the most technology-intensive sectors and it bases its competitiveness on strong R&D investments. The EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme, that should be adopted by the end of 2006, will have a total budget of 54.6 billion € over 7 years, of which 4.18 billion € are earmarked for transport (including aeronautics). Along with continuing the successful concept of supporting co-operative research, FP7 will introduce - for certain key sectors and technologies - Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI), which call for a public-private partnership at European level.

The “Clean Sky” Joint Technology Initiative

While the aeronautics industry recognizes the need to introduce more environmentally-friendly technologies more rapidly, significant investment in research is necessary for substantial innovation in this area. The planned JTI “Clean Sky” aims to deliver the various technology demonstrators, including flight test vehicles that will be essential for a successful market introduction. The JTI will be open to all stakeholders relevant to its mission and could start its work as of 2007.

Research delivers results

In the past decade, the "greening" of aviation has received increasing support from the EU Framework Programmes. For example, the collaborative project SILENCE(R) (111 M€ total cost, 51 partners) is addressing the challenge of noise generated by aircraft through the development of advanced technologies. Around 30 new technical solutions are being developed and tested for the aero-engine and the airframe, some under real flight conditions. Each has the potential of bringing a significant noise reduction during take-off or landing.

Another large project, “Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Aero Engine”, has paved the way towards cleaner engines by addressing engine efficiency (less fuel and therefore less CO2) and at the same time reducing NOx emissions. The promising results are being pursued within the VITAL and NEWAC projects (together 160 M€ total costs).

For more information:

EU aeronautics research policy and funded projects
http://ec.europa.eu/research/aeronautics

The upcoming 7 th EU Framework Programme for research and technological development
http://ec.europa.eu/research/future

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Note to editors

For further information on Eu-funded aeronautics research , please contact:

Liam BRESLIN
Head of Unit – Aeronautics, Research Directorate-General
Tel: +32.2.295.04.77, E-mail: Liam.Breslin@cec.eu.int

Media contact

Boris Kandziora
Information and Communication Officer, Research Directorate-General
Tel.: +32.2.296 96 29, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-mail: boris.kandziora@cec.eu.int

 

 

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