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Lifting off for safer aviation in Europe

The massive increase in aviation traffic over the past 20 years means that safety measures remain of crucial importance. The European Union aims to have the safest region to fly in the world by 2050, reducing the number of accidents in commercial flights to less than one per ten million and reducing the accident rate in non-commercial flights by 80% compared to the year 2000. Research and innovation are thus essential ingredients and this Results Pack highlights six EU-funded projects that are charting the flightpath forward for ultimately reaching this goal.
Lifting off for safer aviation in Europe
Flying is indeed one of the safest forms of transport, with Europe having an extremely good record in this regard. However, with ever-increasing traffic levels and the fact that Europe is home to approximately 150 airlines, our skies are becoming busier and fuller. Consequently, the European Commission is dedicated to ensuring that new technologies are developed and deployed to further reduce the likelihood of future accidents and casualties (see for example the Commission’s ‘Flightpath 2050 – Europe’s Vision for Aviation’ report and the EU's 2015 Aviation Strategy).

There are several key areas where EU-funded research and innovation efforts are focused. These include addressing aspects on the design, manufacturing and operations of aircraft and infrastructures; mitigating the risks of the effects of extreme weather conditions and other hazards from the natural environment; and reducing the impact of human factors and human errors on active and passive safety. Intelligent and integrated transport systems, as well as connectivity applications, may also provide useful tools for enhanced aviation safety.

Moreover, maintaining a high level of safety in the skies is not just a European challenge, rather it is a truly global effort. International cooperation is thus essential to ensure network safety and the development of globally agreed rules and standards (also a keen topic of interest for EU research) that complements and provides an important framework for the exciting technological solutions being championed by European researchers and industry.

This CORDIS Results Pack is honing in on six EU-funded projects that are reaching for the skies to provide concrete and ground-breaking solutions for increasing aviation safety in Europe. These results will also contribute to further cementing the European aviation industry’s world-leading role in terms of competitiveness and providing the best products and services. European air transport has a long history of innovation and worldwide cooperation, which will be vital for its future success, particularly in a twenty-first century world where we must do more, sooner, and with less available economic resources.
Making composite electrical aircraft a reality
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Coordinating air safety research happening across the EU
By coordinating the air safety research and innovation happening across Europe, the EU-funded Future Sky Safety project aims to provide the aviation industry with an even stronger...
A step forward in ice simulation
Researchers with the EU-funded STORM project have created an extensive database on ice mechanical properties for aircraft engine designers. Not only will this reduce the lead time...
New cockpit concept targets human-machine cooperation
A new cockpit concept has been developed by EU-funded researchers, designed to help pilots select the perfect level of automation for specific flying conditions.
Assessing the effectiveness of Europe’s aviation safety research
Is Europe funding the type of safety research that will successfully bring it closer to achieving its Flightpath 2050 goals? This is the question that researchers from the EU-funded...
Designing the next generation of safe fuel systems
EU-funded researchers from the SAFUEL project have been developing, testing and validating a new, safer fuel system designed to meet the evolving challenges of air transportation.
Wing de-icing technologies promise safer flying
European and Japanese researchers have developed and tested new de-icing technologies to protect aircraft wings. Achieved through the JEDI ACE project, the results have helped to...
New sensory approaches to addressing high altitude ice
Three levels of sensory technology designed to detect hazardous icy flying conditions at high altitude have been developed by EU-funded researchers. These tools will help the...

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