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CAPPADOCIA Report Summary

Project ID: 605414
Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT
Country: France

Periodic Report Summary 2 - CAPPADOCIA (Coordination Action Pro “Production, Avionics, Design” on Cost-efficiency in Aeronautics)

Project Context and Objectives:
The Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) is the European Technology Platform for Aeronautics and Air Transport (AAT) that provides guidance for the future of the European aeronautics research. ACARE previous roadmap, the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), was highly of inspiration for EC work programme elaboration on Aeronautics and Aviation. In this frame, in 2011, the European Commission published the “FlightPath2050”, Europe’s Vision for Aviation, a Report of the High-Level Group on Aviation Research, regarding the AAT challenges and a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was released in September 2012. Over the five calls launched since 2007, numerous projects were funded by the EC on cost-efficiency topic, accordingly with objectives targeted in ACARE SRA1&2. The Coordination and Support Action, CAPPADOCIA (Coordination Action Pro Production, Avionics, Design on Cost-efficiency in Aeronautics) responds to the 6th call, and in this context, it focuses on research activities that address solely or mainly the SRIA goals of cost efficiency in Aeronautics and Air Transport and in particular the following technical domains: Airframe Design Systems and Tools; Production and Maintenance and Avionics and other relevant domains dealing with cost efficiency such as propulsion. Precisely, CAPPADOCIA will first carry out a review of the European state of the art of research and innovation, including capacity and main performers, in relation with cost efficiency in the field of Aeronautics and Air Transport. The analysis of the state of the art will be mostly done on European projects but partners will also be invited to describe other main non-European projects that cover the targeted fields of the cost reduction. Then, the CAPPADOCIA partners will identify scientific and technological gaps as well as bottlenecks to innovation and formulate strategic recommendations with the ambition to support the European Commission for orientation of future Work Programmes, i.e. Horizon 2020.
Therefore, CAPPADOCIA action will enable to issue a yearly strategic recommendations report to address the cost efficiency targeted research domains (Design Systems and Tools, Production, Avionics) in terms of state of the art and impact assessment towards ACARE goals and solutions achievements. In other words, CAPPADOCIA will assess achieved research results in terms of technology development status (e.g. Technology Readiness Level – TRL), capabilities, and enablers (e.g. refer to SRIA volume-2 for terminology); identify gaps in terms of needed Research; identify bottlenecks towards Innovation (e.g. funding and financial mechanisms, etc.) and finally, identify impact with respect to societal and market needs. These elements all together will allow providing coherent strategic recommendations aiming to cover research gaps, overcome bottlenecks towards innovation, and justify effort with an impact assessment on policy, industrial market and social needs. Specifically, the CAPPADOCIA project aims at providing a yearly strategic recommendation paper mostly devoted to concerned research policy makers. Strategic recommendations will be formulated following to the analysis of the results achieved from the impact assessment campaign carried out among on-going and completed EU-funded projects in order to evaluate their contribution to progress towards ACARE goals and solutions within the cost efficiency domain. Than, results of these recommendations reports are presented at major European aeronautical events (Paris, Berlin, Farnborough).

Project Results:
WP1 focuses on CAPPADOCIA methodological approach enabling to compile some strategic recommendations through strategic reports. Having completed two full years of operation and aiming at delivering coherent recommendations reports to the European Commission, the CAPPADOCIA Consortium organised a successful two-days writing session in December, 2015, in Spain. As originally planned, the first day was devoted to the compilation of previously selected materials into the proposed structure of the 2nd Year Recommendations Report. Prior to this face-to-face meeting, a series of WEBEX meetings had taken place, with the participation of the whole consortium, for the preparation of the relevant materials to be included and for managing the partners' additionnal contributions expected. The CAPPADOCIA partners inidvidually and/or collectively gathered information from previously carried out dedicated interviews and Workshops. During the second day of this specific session, a final review of the 2nd Year Report was achieved to validate the full representativeness of the aeroanutical sector shared views. Also, the main outcome of the third year is a position paper which identifies key recommendations on several cost efficiency related areas previously selected as strategical following the delivery of the second-year report: collaborative supply chain; standardization; certification; factory of the future; emerging innovation trends. CAPPADOCIA interviews European experts of the aeronautical sector with a strong interest for the previous issues so as to share their views and prospective actions to be implemented.
The WP2 “Analysis of the state of the art of research and innovation” aims to review of the state of the art of research and innovation, to identify gaps in the research landscape and bottlenecks to innovation, and to provide strategic recommendations to address the gaps and bottlenecks to innovation related to cost efficiency. During the past year, interviews and regional working sessions were held all over Europe to collect information and opinions from key R&D persons. For this, the questionnaire about the mentioned topics was further improved and tailored versions were prepared for specific target groups. Accordingly, interviews have been successfully conducted with additional members of the target group of interviewees. Furthermore, dedicated workshops as part of European meetings were organised and held.
The WP3 “Impact assessment of relevant past and ongoing EC-funded projects” aims to analyse and assess the impact of EC-funded projects towards ACARE goals. CAPPADOCIA partners encountered some difficulties in the activities of WP3. The methodology of the projects assessment was too ambitious towards project coordinators availability and confidentiality issues. Projects assessment is now carried out at a different level to overcome the confidentiality barrier.
The WP4 about dissemination activities aims at promoting the broad dissemination of the CAPPADOCIA outcomes while at the same time developing a common coordination and dissemination policy with the other CSAs-funded dealing with the three other domains of the call topic. One of the main objective is to promote and ensure the broad dissemination of the project outcomes and generated new knowledge, among and beyond the members of the consortium, to the entire Aeronauticalo community, and most importantly, through reaching all the identified relevant CAPPADOCIA target audiences, including the organized stakeholders representing Industry, Research Establishments and Academia, as well as of course ACARE. As such, on November 22 and 23, CAPPADOCIA in collaboration with Aerospace Valley and EFFRA had organized an international conference “Factories of the future for aerospace”, in France. This event had gathered more than 150 technological solution providers to promote available innovative solutions and products for the aerospatial industry.

Potential Impact:
Europe’s vision for Aviation is extensive, holistic, highly ambitious and built on a set of parallel objectives. Europe’s headline Air Transport cost efficiency goals, as depicted in the SRIA, are clear and intuitive: “Streamlined systems engineering, design, manufacturing, certification and upgrade processes have addressed complexity and significantly decreased development costs”. For this, Europe has engaged in large scale, intensive and coordinated Research and Innovation. Stakeholders need a full picture of what research is being conducted, of gaps and bottlenecks to innovation identified in the cost efficiency research landscape, as well as of how EU funded R&I meet the above mentioned ACARE goals. To this end, and as previously mentioned, the CAPPADOCIA Coordination and Support Action, is predominantly designed to be a vital instrument for Europe’s Air Transport stakeholders in achieving the pertinent Flightpath 2050 goals. Accordingly, during the past year, the CAPPADOCIA consortium, by exploiting the relevant WP2 and WP3 findings (based on the previously defined WP1 method and approach), has provided a list of concrete and strategic recommendations for possible improvements to cost efficiency and competitiveness in AAT, that fully address the cost efficiency targeted domains in terms of state of the art and impact assessment towards the ACARE goals and solutions achievements. The produced recommendations are intended to ensure that all relevant stakeholders within the European aviation sector, put in place the necessary R&TD to meet the societal, environmental and economic challenges and to further improve the implementation of Horizon2020. The main topics of recommendations include: the SRIA operability, new technologies certification, collaborative research projects prioritization and inter-sector actors’ involvement. Related to the gaps and bottlenecks identified so far, the main recommendations produced focus on promoting a global vision between industry/SMEs/Academia/government/Europe. For example, SRIA subjects should be linked to prospective aeronautics calls on the appropriate level for Horizon2020. Demonstrator programmes could also be a powerful tool to reach common goals. Similarly, the cross-sector cooperation and synergies has to be promoted. The lack of support of certification authorities on new technologies deployment could be overcome by implementing new procedures and methodologies. Finally, the amendment of the SRIA with measurable tools (TRL level, KPIs) would allow easier monitoring of its progress. This investigation regarding the identification of gaps in the research landscape and bottlenecks to innovation and the impact assessment of EU-funded projects, will be followed-on during the second year of the project. In addition to the experts and projects coordinators interviews, CAPPADOCIA aims to animate workshops to focus on specific recommendations previously identified.
CAPPADOCIA identified several dedicated possible European funding initiatives focusing on solving the current supply chain bottlenecks and gaps. However, those incentives alone will not be able to create the required favorable environment to achieve the aimed supply chain competitiveness increase. Improved process and product development activities will be even stronger if their global ecosystem encourages such an evolution. Thus, CAPPADOCIA conducted a thorough analysis of the overall situation of the European aviation supply chain and proposes improvement recommendations accordingly, associated action plan and expected impacts.

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