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Personal Plane: Assessment and Validation of Pioneering Concepts for Personal Air Transport Systems


"The PPlane project is a direct follow up study to Out-of-the-Box project that aimed to identify potential new concepts and technologies for future air transport and focused on a number of radical changes to the system rather than taking incremental steps.

As a result of the Out-of-the-Box project, PPlane implements a systematic approach to radical and novel ideas for Personal Air Transport System (PATS). The project starts with the definition of several operational concepts and implements an optimisation model and several selection criteria to suggest and analyse new concepts for the personal air transport system of the future. The main selection criteria include: “Security and safety”, “Automation and Control”, “Environment”, and “Human Factors”. Horizontal areas such as technologies, regulation and affordability are considered in each of the above criteria. The resulting concepts are analysed and compared resulting in recommendations for implementation across Europe.

The PPlane team is led by ONERA and comprises well known organisations in the field of aviation from different domains including industry, research and academic institutes. Additional external experts will be invited to the advisory board.

PPlane’s objectives and methodology are an excellent match with the objectives of AAT.2008.6.3.3. ""Personal air transport systems"" and in particular with AREA: “Promising Pioneering Ideas in Air Transport” matching the expected impact of “assessing the viability or paving the way towards the realisation of the new ideas and concepts identified by ACARE”. Moreover, the definition of the PATS concepts will be built according to the ATM structure planned in SESAR."

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Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
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