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'PPlane' project – radical and novel ideas for 'Personal Air Transport System'

The EU-funded PPLANE project is poised to revolutionise travel, ease congestion with its Personal Air Transport System (PATS), a new paradigm in air transport. Like a private car, the PPlane personal air vehicle will deliver the benefits of speed and routing efficiency only possible through direct-to-destination flight.

The project emphasises environmentally responsible design, including noise and gas emission reduction, green propulsion, and energy efficiency, and is expected to increase savings and sustainability on one hand, and decrease overall traffic environmental impact on the other, resulting from a more efficient travel.

EC project officer José M. Martin Hernandez says PPlane is part of the FP7 strategy of 'pioneering' and 'revolutionary' aeronautics projects that will pave the way for future European air transport systems.

Comprising 13 partners, PPLane is partially based on the findings of previous European R&D projects, including 'Out-of-the-Box', 'EPATS', 'SATS' and 'EQuiPT', and also on the 'SESAR'; 'NextGen' and 'INOUI' initiatives. It will last for 30 months and has a total budget of €4.4 million.

Ambitious targets have been set to deliver drastic reductions of noise and emissions, substantial increases in fuel efficiency, a safety level comparable to that of conventional airliners, and low cost.

The PPlane consortium is led by France's ONERA and includes organisations from 11 European countries, representing industry, research and academia. Project partners will identify those concepts found to yield the greatest social, environmental and economic benefit for future European RTD funding.

Additional contributions will be made by external regulatory experts who will assist the consortium with strategic decisions and dissemination of findings.

The successful introduction of Personal Air Transport Systems in Europe will ensure mobility of people and goods, stimulating safe and secure commuting, while reducing the unwanted effects of traffic congestion, including environmental damage, social exclusion and unnecessary costs.

For more information on PPLANE, see: www.pplane-project.orgexternal link.