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Helping Europe's aviation sector rise to the challenges of the future

Air transport is a growing and increasingly vital part of our rapidly globalising world. At the same time, the aeronautics industry faces an unprecedented set of challenges. Chief among these is the need for greener and more sustainable aviation. For everyone in the industry, the message is clear: successful 'green' innovation will be key.

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ARISTOTEL: Addressing complex pilot-aircraft coupling issues in the sky

A highly trained pilot is at the controls of a helicopter. She is attempting to lift off and deliver a payload that is suspended, like a pendulum, below the craft. Suddenly a gust of wind tilts the rotor slightly; the pilot attempts to right the helicopter, but over-compensates. A life-threatening situation has emerged in a matter of seconds.

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Successful aeronautics project nominated for award (SAFAR)

This year, the EU-funded SAFAR project has been nominated for the FlightGlobal Achievement Awards, in the category of ‘Innovator of the Year’.

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Enhancing passenger experience in future air transport (VR-Hyperspace)

Have you ever wanted to get away from it all – while stuck on a crowded airplane? Adopting radical approaches using virtual, enhanced and mixed reality, the ‘VR-Hyperspace’ project is targeting a paradigm shift in the way we ‘see’ passenger comfort.

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TITAN – focus on aircraft ‘turnaround’

The EU-funded TITAN project has delivered a new model for collaborative air transport decision making, and a tool to improve aircraft turnaround at airports, optimising efficiency while reducing flight delays and cancellations.

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Safer recovery from difficult flight conditions

Aircraft are very safe, but unexpected, extremely difficult flight conditions do happen. Up to now, no simulator has been able to give pilots training that could prepare them realistically for situations like these. The SUPRA project has succeeded in building a flight simulator to train pilots for harsh conditions.

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How a holistic approach can help aircraft noise reduction

Aircraft noise is a daily blight on the lives of millions.  Although aircraft noise is caused by a large number of factors, previous efforts to reduce it have only ever looked at those factors in isolation.  A unique EU project involving 47 partners, including major players in aeronautics, aims to take a ‘whole-aircraft’ approach, significantly reducing the noise by tackling the problem as a whole.

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What the European Commission is funding in air transport research

Air transport has become a corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility. This video shows some of the fascinating research that is done with the help of FP7 funding for air transport and aeronautics to make air transport safer, greener and more competitive.

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European research to reduce volcanic ash impact

As a new outburst by an Icelandic volcano threatens once again to bring European air transport to a standstill, the European Commission is supporting research into the impact of ash on aircrafts in flight. The aim is to be able to respond more effectively to such rare but high-impact events.

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New aircraft engine designs reduce CO2 emissions

The EU-funded NEWAC project has delivered new engine designs to help Europe meet pressing emission targets for air transport.

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Building cockpits for safer and more efficient aviation

The 'ALICIA' project is developing systems to improve the safety of landing and taxiing operations, and to increase the efficiency of the air transport network. The target date is 2020, but some technologies could be operational much sooner.

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World records for EU-funded fuel cell-powered aircraft

A hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft developed by the 'ENFICA-FC' project has completed a number of successful test flights out of Reggio Emilia airport in Italy, establishing new speed and endurance records for electrically powered class C aeroplanes.

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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.

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ADVance Integrated Composite Tail Cone

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Air Transport Net (AirTN) as one of the key enablers for the prosperous development of Aeronautics in Europe

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Guidelines for Cooperation of Latin American Countries in European Aeronautics and Air Transport Research

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Collaborative and Robust Engineering using Simulation Capability Enabling Next Design Optimisation

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Engine Representative Internal Cooling Knowledge and Applications

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Innovative Repair of Aerospace Structures with Curing Optimisation and Life-cycle Monitoring Abilities

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Optimisation for Low Environmental Noise Impact Aircraft

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Personal Plane: Assessment and Validation of Pioneering Concepts for Personal Air Transport Systems

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All Condition Operations and Innovative Cockpit Infrastructure

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Behavioral Modeling for Security in Airports

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European Collaborative Dissemination of Aeronautical Research and Applications

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Future High-Altitude High-Speed Transport 20XX

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Future Fast Aeroelastic Simulation Technologies

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Future Seaplane Traffic - Transport Technologies for the Future

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Generic Linking of Finite Element based Models

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Simulation Based Solutions for Industrial Manufacture of Large Infusion Composite Parts

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Useful Plasma for Aerodynamic control

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VALidation and Improvement of Airframe Noise prediction Tools

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Integrated Airport Apron Safety Fleet Management

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Adaptive Control of Manufacturing Processes for a New Generation of Jet Engine Components

State of the Art - Background

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Advanced Fault Diagnosis for Safer Flight Guidance and Control

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Unconventional (Advanced) Manufacturing Processes for Gas-engine turbine components

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Promoting European-South African Research Co-operation in Aeronautics and Air Transport

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Prospecting and Promoting Scientifi c Co-operation between Europe and China in the Field of Multi-Physics Modelling, Simulation, Experimentation and Design Methods in Aeronautics

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Aircraft Integrated Structural Health Assessment II

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Aerodynamic Load Estimation at Extremes of the Flight Envelope

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Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development

State of the Art - Background

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Aeronautic Study on Seamless Transport

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Advanced Turbulence Simulation for Aerodynamic Application Challenges

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Central European Aeronautical Research Initiative

State of the Art - Background

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Cost Efficient Advanced Leading Edge Structure 2

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Innovative Technological Platform for Compact and Reliable Electronic integrated in Actuators and Motors

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CREating innovative Air transport Technologies for Europe

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Demonstration of ANemometry InstrumEnt based on Laser

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DEmonstration of LIdar-based Clear Air Turbulence detection

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Design, Simulation and Flight Reynolds-Number Testing for Advanced High-Lift Solutions

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EXTreme ICing Environment

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Full-Field Advanced Non-Destructive Technique for Online Thermo-Mechanical Measurement on Aeronautical Structures

State of the Art - Background

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Blastworthy Textile-Based Luggage Containers for Aviation Safety

State of the Art - Background

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Flutter-Free Turbomachinery Blades

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Demonstration of LIDAR-based wake vortex detection system incorporating an Atmospheric Hazard Map

State of the Art - Background

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Generation of Hydrogen by Kerosene Reforming via Efficient and Low-Emission New Alternative, Innovative, Refined Technologies for Aircraft Application

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HIRF Synthetic Environment research programme

State of the Art - Background

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International Conference on Airports, October 2009, Paris

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Multifunctional Layers for Safer Aircraft Composite Structures

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More Integrated System Safety Assessment

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Seamless Aeronautical Networking through integration of Data links, Radios and Antennas

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SCAlable and ReconfigurabLe Electronics plaTforms and Tools

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Simulation of Upset Recovery in Aviation

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Transmission in Aircraft on Unique Path wirEs

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Turboshaft Engine Exhaust Noise Identification

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Development of Technology Building Blocks for Structural Health-Monitoring Sensing Devices In Aeronautics

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Immersive Interface Technologies for Life-Cycle Human-Oriented Activities in Interactive Aircraft-Related Virtual Products

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European Coordination Action for Aircraft Wake Turbulence

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Active Control of Flexible 2020 Aircraft

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Stimulating Ukraine–EU Aeronautics Research Co-operation

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Support for European aeronautical SMEs

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Airport detection and Tracking Of dangerous Materials by passive and active sensors arrays

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Community Oriented Solutions to Minimise aircraft noise Annoyance

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Developing Aircraft Photonic Networks

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valiDation of Radical Engine Architecture systeMs

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Engine LUBrication SYStem technologies

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Support to Eighth European Conference on Turbomachinery - Fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, Graz, March 2009

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Advanced flexible automation cell

State of the Art - Background

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Adaptive and Passive Flow Control for Fan Broadband Noise Reduction

State of the Art - Background

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High Stability Vertical Separation Altimeter Instruments

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Model-Based Analysis of Human Errors During Aircraft Cockpit System Design

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Industrialisation of Manufacturing Technologies for Composite Profi les for Aerospace Applications

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innovative Systems for Personalised Aircraft Cabin Environment

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Knowledge for Ignition, Acoustics and Instabilities

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Long-term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologies II

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More Affordable Aircraft through eXtended, Intergrated and Mature nUmerical Sizing

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Monitoring System of the Development of Global Aviation

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One DIsplay for a Cockpit Interactive Solution

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ON-Wing Ice DetectioN and MonitorinG System

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Improved ReliabIlity Inspection of Aeronautic Structure through Simulation Supported POD

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Raising European Student Awareness in Aeronautical Research Through School labs

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Smart High Lift Devices for Next-Generation Wings

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Technology Enhancements for Clean Combustion

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Making air travel safer

The results of a four-year-research effort to develop future safety information systems for aircraft were released at an event in Amsterdam on 25th and 26th March.

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'FRESH' project still hot

Completed in 2007, the SME-led 'FRESH' project, which developed advanced tools for aircraft electrical design, is still making waves. Project partners are now looking to carry out further research into electro-magnetic and thermal effects in aircraft.

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Automated Diagnosis for Helicopter Engines and Rotating parts

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Advanced In-Flight Measurement Techniques

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Advanced Remote Tower

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Aerodynamic and Thermal Load Interactions with Lightweight Advanced Materials for High-speed Flight

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New generation of aeronautical bearings for extreme environmental constraints

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Civil Aircraft Security Against MANPADS

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