European General Aviation Manufacturers Group Stresses Crucial Importance for Research and Innovation

  • January 1, 2014

May 16, 2012 - With strong representation at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE), the European General Aviation Manufacturers Association (EGAMA) firmly insist on the crucial importance of the General Aviation sector for Research and Innovation in Europe, particularly as Brussels is working on Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation and EASA1 is developing new high level guidelines for General Aviation safety.

General and Business aviation is an important part of the aviation manufacturing industry with companies producing private jets as well as ultra‐light airplanes, gliders or helicopters, light sport or private aircraft, used for business, leisure or safety issues The whole sector’s supply chain consists of SMEs with specific needs, different from the ones of Original Equipment Manufacturers and as such, European policy might impact negatively the whole sector if only designed for commercial air transport.

The sector, represented by EGAMA is of paramount importance for the whole European aeronautics industry Research and Innovation. It is developing today the technologies that will be used for the aircraft of the future, but also by other industrial sectors. General Aviation R&D is consistent and coherent with the European vision for air transport as defined by ACARE and in Flightpath 2050. Indeed, the “technological weight” of the sector is much more important than the turnover it generates. In addition, research in the sector has a huge spillover effect to various sectors, as demonstrate the various technologies developed by and for General Aviation now used in several other sectors (automotive, communication, etc.) like glass cockpits, small engines, carbon fibers or modern cockpits.

Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president General Aviation Daher Socata and Chairman of EGAMA said: “General aviation is an essential R&D laboratory for commercial air transport and industry in Europe; therefore, at a time where the European strategy for R&D is being defined for the next 7 years, its voice should be taken into account by EU”.

EGAMA represents 12 of the European leading general aviation manufacturers ranging from complex business jets to helicopters and small leisure aircraft, as well as their supply chain and its member companies generate over 35,000 direct jobs and more than 100,000 indirect jobs with 10,000 aircraft deliveries per year. EGAMA aims at fostering common coordinated industrial views on strategic areas of interest such as airworthiness, safety, environment, air traffic management, security and R&T.