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Scientific training and access to aircraft for atmospheric research

The German DLR, the UK Met Office and the French INSU/CNRS are offering, to other European research teams, free access to their airborne facilities (DLR: Falcon; INSU: ARAT/Fokker 27: and Met Office: C-130). Access to these facilities is offered thanks to funding under the "Access to Large-scale Facilities" section of the European Union's Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) programme.

The Scientific Training and Access to Aircraft for Atmospheric Research (STAAARTE) project commenced in January 1996 and is now entering its second phase. Its objective is to allow other teams in Europe, who do not have experience in running an aircraft campaign, to receive training, perform some limited research and gain an appreciation of the potential of atmospheric research aircraft.

The current project, STAAARTE II, is a one year extension of the original project and will fund three campaigns during the period from January 1999 to early in the year 2000. Each campaign - free of charge for the selected project participants - includes funding covering travel for one preparatory meeting, travel and accommodation for one or two scientists during the campaign, research aircraft flight hours and one post-campaign meeting.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 21 August 1998. The Allocation Committee will meet near the end of September to select projects eligible for participation, and the final decision will be given by the end of October 1998.

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