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24 May 2006

Aeronautics Days 2006
Sustainable Solutions for New Horizons
19-21 June 2006 Vienna

The Fifth Community Aeronautics Days is the premier event for European research and technology in aeronautics and air transport. S takeholders from across Europe and around the world will discuss economic, environmental and societal challenges of air transport, debate future priorities in European aeronautics research and present results of current research.

19-21 June 2006

The European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the European Union bring together CEOs, industry R&D managers, project co-ordinators, researchers, engineers, academics, government officials from RTD and transport ministries, and journalists from across Europe, as well as the global aeronautics community.

Vienna Congress Center, Messeplatz 1, A-1020 Wien, Austria


The Aeronautics Days 2006 will offer media a unique opportunity to meet decision makers and researchers from all relevant companies and organisations in the European aeronautics community. From press briefings to one-on-one meetings, Aerodays 2006 will provide the latest news and best insights into ongoing and planned cutting-edge research in areas that concern not only the latest technology, but also environmental issues, safety and security of passengers as well as the future of air transport in a time of ever-increasing worldwide mobility.

With a view to the upcoming EU’s next framework programme for research and technological development (FP7, 2007-2013), Aerodays will also play an important role for stakeholders to contribute to the direction European-funded research in aeronautics will take in the next seven years.

The two-day media programme will include top-level briefings on current advancements and results in several fields of aeronautics research, a press lunch with European Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik, exclusive media trips to Austrian aerospace companies, a guided tour of the exhibition as well as numerous conference sessions of interest to the press.

Parallel thematic sessions will cover a variety of key research topics, including:

  • The ‘greening’ of air transport;
  • Improving cost efficiency;
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction;
  • Safety and security;
  • Increasing time efficiency;
  • Air transport of the future


Key media events of Aerodays 2006 include:

Monday, 19 June Opening ceremony, press lunch, briefing, media trip, welcome reception

11:00 Opening Ceremony and Keynote addresses by Charles Edelstenne, Chairman Elect of ASD and CEO Dassault Aviation; Joachim Szodruch, President of DGLR, CEAS; Victor Aguado, General Director, Eurocontrol

13:00 Exhibition Opening followed by Press Conference and Lunch with European Research Commissioner Potocnik; Hubert Gorbach, Vice Chancellor and , Vice Chancellor and Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology; Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Member of the European Parliament; Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament

14:30 Plenary Session 1: A Vision for the Future of Air Transport

15:00 Press Briefing 1: Safe & Secure Skies

16:15 Media Trip 1: Advanced Aircraft Production - Diamond Aircraft Industries

20:00 Welcome Reception: Vienna Art History Museum

Tuesday, 20 June– Press briefings, media trip, conference dinner

08:30 Plenary Session 2: The Future of Air Traffic Management: the SESAR project (EU) and NGATS Initiative (USA)

10:30 Press Briefing 2: Cleaner & Greener Air Transport

13:30 Press Briefing 3: Increasing Efficiency 14:20 Plenary Session 3: The 7th Framework Programme

15:30 Media Trip 2: Innovative Avionics Technology for Optimised Aircraft Efficiency - TTTech

20:00 Conference Dinner: Vienna Town Hall


For further information on Aerodays 2006:

Andreas Geisler
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)

Peter Brandt
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt – Lilienthal-Oberth e.V. (DGLR)

For information on the media programme and activities and to register to attend the Aerodays 2006 media events, contact:

Boris Kandziora, Press and information officer
Directorate-General Research, European Commission
Tel: +



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