A limited-scale pilot activity was established in 1989 for a two year period as part of the BRITE/EURAM I programme, with EU funds of ECU 35 million. Under this activity, twenty-eight projects were supported, with the EU providing around 50% of the cost. The work was divided into four research areas: - Aerodynamics; - Acoustics; - Airborne systems; - Propulsion. The final report of the independent panel set up by the Commission to examine the activity has now been published. In its evaluation , the panel recommends that programme management consider and take steps to improve the effectiveness of mechanisms for dissemination of results, particularly to industries outside the aeronautics sector. Two issues require further attention: - The provisions of contractual arrangements between the Commission and project teams for effective dissemination; - The appropriateness of European Commission mechanisms, particularly VALUE and its associated databases, for aeronautics dissemination and exploitation. The panel believes that it would be appropriate to establish a separate and comprehensive aeronautics programme, outside of BRITE/EURAM. The effectiveness of a long-term programme will require that industry has a reasonable expectation that it can rely on programme continuity. The panel suggests that there is a strong case for having a European aeronautics initiative. The objective of bringing about collaboration in research has been met with considerable enthusiasm on the part of participants. Research in the field of aeronautic has continued under the 1990-1994 BRITE/EURAM programme.