A public, scientific and technical establishment with both industrial and commercial responsibilities, Onera reports to the French Ministry of Defence and enjoys financial independence. The expertise of Onera covers all the scientific disciplines involved in aircraft, spacecraft and missile design. Regarding Automated Air Transport Systems, the Long-Term Design and System Integration Department (DPRS) is deeply involved in various subsystems issues and in global system perspectives. Its current clients are the French DGAC (expertise of Industry actions to design and develop novel aircraft concepts and ATM systems), EDA (Sense and Avoid technologies study, Miniature Air Vehicle demonstration project) and the Commission. ONERA DPRS is also a member of international working groups such as the NATO RTO "System Concepts and Integration" panel and the Eurocae WG73 on UAS.
ONERA Long-Term Design and System Integration Department (DPRS) has gained a large experience in international cooperation in European R&D programs in particular FP5 and FP6, such as in FP6 IFATS as Coordinator and FP5 USICO, CAPECON and UAVNET as a partner. In FP6, ONERA DPRS was also a partner in the INOUI project that was fully related to automated aircraft system issues.
Israel Aerospace Industries is Israel's main aerospace corporation. It is a public company with more than 14,000 employees, and about 3 billion EUROs of annual sales. A few of the many projects currently in progress at IAI are: design, integration, manufacturing and certification of a family of business jets, conversion of Boeing 747 airliner from passenger to cargo configuration, jet engine nacelles, military aircraft upgrade programs, development and manufacturing of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAV's) for military and civil applications.
IAI Engineering Division has extensive experience in International Cooperation in general, and in European R&D programs in particular FP4, FP5 and FP6, such as in ADFCS as Coordinator and in COMPRES as Technical Director (both in FP 4). In FP5, IAI Engineering Division was partner in TP-TANGO, RTDs - POSICOSS, CAST, TAURUS, TILTAERO, ADFCS II, HELIX, PROACTIVE, RENOMEM, CONDICOMP and 2 Accompanying Measures, UAV-SAFE as Coordinator and ASTER. IAI was also the Coordinator of the CAPECON program and of the UAVNET Thematic Network. In FP6 IAI participated in IPs such as ALCAS and TATEM.
Airnet was established in 1998 primary as aircraft sales company. In more than decade of its life company also evolved to aircraft development and prototype production company. From 2002 Airnet started designing LSA aircraft with its maiden flight scheduled for September 2009. In 2008 we started new project of car-plane design. In 2005 Airnet became DOA which specializes in supporting current aircraft and instrument producers with design documentation and certification.
Iztok Salamon (contact person) was Coordinator in BARRACUDA project, development of LSA aircraft founded by EU (2006-2008)
The University of Bologna is claimed to be the oldest academia in the world, being founded in 1088 A.D. It has a strong tradition in research and education in almost every field of the human knowledge. More than 100 Departments and Research Centers, 23 Faculties and around 100,000 students are the main figures of the University of Bologna. Its annual budget is approximately 700 M€. It has a potential number of 5500 people committed to research activity with an estimated budget of more than 60M€. In 2006 University of Bologna has gained more than 100 patents. The University is nowadays divided in 5 main campuses.
From 1992 a full set of knowledge, resources and experience in aerospace were gathered together inside the II School of Engineering – Forlì Campus, a town located 65Km south-east of Bologna. The School, located alongside the International Airport of Forlì, has allowed establishing its main laboratory in an hangar inside the airport, solution unique in Italy, where many flying activities can be carried out.
The University of Bologna has a long successful story with the European Funded Project, especially with the Framework programs, and has recorder an high pick in 2007.
The II School of Engineering, in particular, was partner in 2 projects funded by EU named CAPECON (Civil UAV Applications & Economic effectivity of potential CONfiguration solutions) and ASIMIL (Aero user-friendly Simulation-based distance Learning).
Brno University of Technology, consisting of eight faculties with about 2,500 employees, provides university education to more than 20,000 students. The Institute of Aerospace Engineering (IAE) is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and its activities are university education and scientific research based on tight collaboration with the national aircraft industry. IAE provides education in the Aircraft Design and Air Transport graduate programmes (together with the bachelor programme "Professional Pilot").
Besides its own research activities, IAE has an important role in the Aerospace Research Centre (ARC) – an applied research institution established and funded by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education. ARC provides scientific services to the aircraft industry. The IAE has a long successful tradition in the testing of airplanes and their parts for certification purposes. Other successful projects were in the areas of Air Transport Management & Economics and Air Transport Safety & Quality, e.g. analyses of accidents, safety and reliability of civil aviation in the Czech Republic, prognoses of regional air transport.
CIRA will participate to the project through the Air Traffic Management (LATM), the Guidance Navigation and Control (LGNC) and the Methods for Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics (MEAA) Departments. The available competences in LATM and LGNC departments concern the methodologies for flight dynamics modelling and simulation, the development of avionics systems capable of integrated management of platform subsystems and flight mission, with particular reference to specific on board functionalities required by the future ATM operational scenario defined by the SESAR program, and advanced method and tools for control systems design and verification (Real-time Systems & Rapid Prototyping). The LATM and LGNC jointly participated in FP4, FP5 and FP6, in projects such as ADFCS I (FP4), ADFCS II (FP5) and IFATS (FP6), and in many International Cooperation working groups, such as GARTEUR FM AG14 (Autonomy in UAVs), FM AG08 (Robust Flight Control) and FM AG11 (New Analysis Techniques for Clerance of Flight Control Laws).
The Methods for Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Laboratory (MEAA) has a long tradition in the field of unsteady aerodynamics and aeroacoustics of rotary wings, being involved in almost all the EU-funded projects in the helicopter domain, and having contributed significantly to the development of methods for the prediction of rotor shock-associated noise. Recently the aeroacoustic expertise of MEAA has been extended beyond the rotorcraft domain, reaching a competitive level in the domain of sound radiation from turbofan nacelles, as well as in the domain of space launcher noise generation during liftoff. MEAA is currently involved in several running EU projects (Friendcopter, Cesar, Nicetrip, Tiltaero) and novel EU-funded initiatives like the JTI Clean-Sky.
Intergam Communications specialises in dissemination and management of projects within the European Union Framework Program with professional expertise in Space research.
Intergam was established in 1997 and has been actively involved in European projects in FP5, FP6 and the first two years of FP7. The company has multi-disciplinary researchers and has been involved in projects ranging from Aeronautics and space to ICT and Nanotechnology. The CEO and founder of Intergam is an expert in Space and Aeronautics R&D and, among others, worked for many years at NASA/JPL in California, U.S.A. He has also been actively involved in the European Galileo GEO-6 project.
Intergam established wide European network in several FP7 disciplines and participates in professional meeting in these fields which will assist in the dissemination tasks within the project.
WUT is the leading and largest technical university in Poland with a tradition dating back to 19th century. More than two thousand academic teachers are engaged in education and scientific research, providing undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. courses for 40 000 students. During the last years WUT has successfully applied for European Projects, taking part in more than 100 SSA, Networks, STREPs and IPs. Researchers from aerospace faculty were involved in ADVANCE, VITES, SIDER, EVPSN, CAPECON, HIRET, HELIX, M-DAV, UAVNET, SIMSAC, EASN and NACRE. WUT is also very often granted with national project grants supported by National Ministry of Science and Higher Education and one of many examples is SAMONIT project devoted to design and optimization of long endurance, surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
DLR is the national German research establishment, responsible for research activities in aerospace, energy technology, and transport, as well as the national space agency. DLR operates 30 institutes, test and operational facilities, with the majority located at eight main research centres, with a total number of about 5.100 employees. Research activities are focussed to serve the scientific, economical and social purposes. DLR sees its role to close the gap between university and industry. Long term experience exists in international project management and has been proven in projects on the European or international level.
AT-One: In 2004 the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have formed a strategic alliance and joined their forces in Air Transport R&D by founding AT-One as an EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping) in 2007. AT-One operates departments in Amsterdam and Braunschweigand and provides its customers with tailored solutions in areas like air traffic management, human factors, safety, environment and airport processes.
DLR was and is strongly involved in European research projects such as USICO (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Safety Issues for Civil Operations), CAPECON (Civil UAV Applications & Economic effectivity of potential CONfiguration solutions), BETA (Operational Benefit Evaluation by Testing an A-SMGCS), EMMA (European Airport Movement Management by A-SMGCS), MA-AFAS (More Autonomous Aircraft in the Future ATM System), AWARD (Flight Testing of a New Approach and Landing Device), FLAME (Future Laser Atmospheric Measurement Equipment), WAVENC (Wake Vortex Evolution in Far-Wake Region & Wake Vortex Encounter), IFATS (Innovative Future Air Transport System), AWIATOR (Aircraft Wing With Advanced Technology Operation) and QICE (Quiet Innovative Commuter).
INTA, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aroespacial, is the official Research Establishment for aerospace matters inside the Spanish Estate. INTA provides technical support and solutions to the needs of Industry, Spanish Official customers (i.e. Civil Aviation) and Spanish Armed Forces. In recent years INTA has also become more involved in European projects, and also being an active member in most international aerospace forum like NATO RTO, GARTEUR, ICAS, EREA, etc.
INTA is organised into technological Departments covering every aspect of aerospace technologies: Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Materials and Structures, Systems and Avionics, Flight testing, Certification and many others. It has a total staff of about 1500, more than half are degree engineers and scientists while another 25% are specialised technicians.
In the mid-nineties, INTA initiated an ambitious program on UAV technology, the aim being the fulfilment of technology acquisition as well as a build-up of several complete systems. This entry into UAV development is intended to provide a springboard for application of the UAV technologies into transport aircraft. Design, development, manufacture, integration and testing of every major part of the UAV systems have been done. In house solutions were set up in architecture of systems, aerodynamic design and Wind tunnel testing, structural design and material selections (in CFC), systems conception and development, including Flight Control System design and development SW and SW/HW integration over commercial HW. Ground Control Stations were also defined, designed and integrated. Every aspect of aircraft automation has been addressed in those projects. Moreover INTA is also the official body for technical certification duties on behalf of both civil and military aviation authorities. INTA is currently participating in EUROCAE 73WG and has contributed to the Certification of UAVs to be flown in Spain.
In recent years, INTA has been widely involved in several European funded projects. Rom a total of 24 projects in FP5 and 19 in FP6. Directly related to aeronautical configurations are: XNOISE, EIHP II, EPISTLE, EUROLIFT (I and II), C-WAKE, HELIX, TANGO, CAPECON, EEFAE, NEFA, 3AS, VELA, ALCAS, FCTESQA, UAVNET, etc.
The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR is the central institute for aerospace research in the Netherlands. Its principal mission is to render scientific support and technical assistance on a non-profit basis to Dutch and foreign aerospace industries and organisations, civil and military aircraft operators, and governmental agencies concerned with aviation and space flight. NLR employs a staff of about 650. NLR capabilities cover an in depth understanding of technical and operational issues related to today's aviation environment.
NLR operates a networked simulation environment that involves high-fidelity aircraft cockpit environment on a full motion research flight simulator (GRACE) as well as, ATC research simulators (NARSIM/TRS) and simulated command and control environment. Further, NLR operates mock ups like APERO and Helicopter Pilot Station (HPS). These simulation facilities are connected in a real-time network to create a realistic operational environment for research or training purposes.
NLR has a department that is dedicated to human factors research in aviation. Fields of expertise include psychology, psychophysiology, engineering and domain specific expertise on ATC, flight deck and military operations. Relevant research topics include impact of new technology and task analysis, displays and controls design, future automation concepts, operator performance and mental workload, psychophysiology, simulation and training, and human factors certification.
In 2004 the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have formed a strategic alliance and joined their forces in Air Transport R&D by the foundation of AT-One as an EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping) in 2007. AT-One operates departments in Amsterdam and Braunschweig. AT-One provides its customers with tailored solutions in areas like air traffic management, human factors, safety, environment and airport processes.
NLR has extensive experience in European research and development programs. In the EC arena NLR supported projects like VINTHEC I and II, EMMA I and II, FLYSAFE, IDEA PACI and HILAS.
The University of Patras is a major academic institution in Greece, with over 700 faculty members, 1,600 employees, 20,000 undergraduate, and 2,000 graduate students. The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering has high international reputation and participates in many European research programs, while it offers the only programme in Aeronautical Engineering in the country. The Laboratory for Stochastic Mechanical Systems & Automation (SMSA) is led by Professor S.D. Fassois, and is a recognised leader in the development of innovative stochastic time series type methods for identification, health monitoring - fault diagnosis, as well as automatic control for mechanical and aeronautical structures and systems. The Laboratory actively collaborates with national and international academic institutions and industry, runs an extensive publication programme, is involved in major international conference organization, journal editorships, the organization of journal special issues, major technical encyclopaedia works, industrial short courses, the European course on Structural Health Monitoring in Action, and in various other professional activities. The Laboratory also participates in several European research consortia and its work is supported by national and international research programs.
The Laboratory for Stochastic Mechanical Systems & Automation (SMSA) has extensive experience in research programs supported by national and international organizations. It has also participated in European Commission funded projects such as ADFCS II, IFATS, and SHM-In-Action.
The REA-TECH is a new small private company established in September, 2006, for solving the engineering problems, design tasks and innovation process management. The company owners had been worked in different Ltp.(Limited Partnership) SMEs for more than 10 years and they have developed special methods for simulation, and modelling, solved engineering and design problems, made experts, organised conferences, training courses.
Some examples from the earlier projects developed by owners of the Rea-Tech Ltd.:
1977 – development of the aircraft emission scattering simulation at airport region, 1997 – 98 – working on the airworthiness certification process that published by Hungarian CAA, 1997 - 98 – development of a measurement technology for the infrared radiation originating from the helicopter engines during flight operation, and its application in evaluation process of the modified helicopters of the Turkish Home Affairs, 1998 – preliminary materials to Hungarian Aviation Policy, 2000 – lifetime evaluation of a small aircraft composite wing for PHARE Regional Development Found, 2001 - development of a virtual laboratory, 2002 - 2003 – Development of the emergency technology management, 2003 – 2004 airport multifunctional building design, 2004 – 2005 evaluation of the SpaceCom project, 2006 - development of the building security evaluation methods, 2006 – large eddy simulation of the inside flow of cooling system for nuclear station. They have made about 35 expert reports on the flight accident investigation, juridical experts, etc. and there are published about 80 scientific articles.
Today the Rea-tech has four mean sections: (I) simulation, modelling, calculation and design; (II.) aeronautics and air transportation; (III.) architect (planning and security), (IV.) innovation process management.
REA has organised a team for given project.. The team members have experience with personal air transportation system and UAV development, emergency situation technology, safety analysis, airport infrastructure design, flight simulation. The REA has experiments how to combine technology and economic aspects in development of the innovative systems.