New Era for Aerospace Research

  • January 1, 2014

ACARE today (Tuesday 10 July) concluded its work on the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) at its General Assembly at the Farnborough Air Show.

The SRIA will guide the future direction of public and private research towards the achievement of the ‘Flightpath 2050’ Vision. The full document will be published during the ILA Airshow in Berlin in September.

Siim Kallas, Vice President and Commissioner responsible for Transport, European Commission said, “The Vision detailed in ‘Flightpath 2050’ for Europe’s air transport sector focuses on two main challenges: meeting the needs of European citizens as well as maintaining global leadership for aviation in Europe. By 2050, passengers and freight should enjoy efficient and seamless travel services, based on a resilient air transport system thoroughly integrated with other transport modes, well connected to the rest of the world and with significant further improvement of environmental performances. The goals must influence future research programmes in Europe as well as at a national level. Collaborative research is key, involving contribution from all stakeholders including European airlines and airports as well as research establishments and private companies in this sector.”

Welcoming the adoption of the SRIA, Tom Enders, Chair of ACARE and President and CEO of EADS said, “Aviation in Europe creates economic growth, wealth, and highly skilled jobs. Worldwide air passenger traffic is forecast to grow by 4 to 5% per annum. This growth represents an economic opportunity for European businesses but needs to be met whilst minimizing its impact on the environment. Europe must make substantial and sustained investment not only in the technologies of today and tomorrow, but also in the development of innovative travel services. This investment will start with Research and Development set out in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).” 

Notes to Editors
ACARE is the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe. It provides strategic, technical and institutional guidance (based on an open forum for discussion and a consensus-based decision-making process) to the European Commission, Member States and its stakeholders. Launched at the Paris Airshow in June 2001, ACARE has over 50 members including the European Commission, EU Member States, manufacturing industry, airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, EASA, Eurocontrol, research establishments and universities. Significant progress has been made since 2000: new aircraft designs are quieter and burn less fuel per passenger kilometre which means less emission. ACARE has now set out challenging objectives for future decades in the new Europe’s Vision for Aviation - “Flightpath 2050” which was published in March 2011. Examples of these goals include:
• A reduction of 75% in CO2, 90% in NOx and 65% in noise by 2050 relative to 2000.
• 90% of travellers within Europe able to complete their journey, door to door, within 4 hours.
• Europe is established as a centre of excellence in sustainable alternative fuels.
• An air traffic management system to handle 25 million flights per year.
• The European air transport system has less than one accident per ten million commercial aircraft flights
• Efficient boarding and security checks allow seamless security.
• Europe is established as a leading centre of sustainable aviation research, development and manufacture

The ‘Flightpath 2050’ vision was developed by the High-Level Group on Aviation Research under the leadership of the European Commission. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) will provide guidance on the research and innovation actions needed to deliver the ‘Flightpath 2050’ vision and will account both for the evolution of technology and for radical solutions or step changes. It also sets out policy directions for European aviation companies to sustain a worldwide competitive position. It will guide and support future actions in public and private funding programmes towards the vision, including future Framework Programmes for Research in Europe and at a national level. The full SRIA will be published in September 2012.