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Small Air Transport - Roadmap

Final Report Summary - SAT-RDMP (Small Air Transport - Roadmap)

Executive Summary:

The Small Air Transport (SAT) focuses on the new affordable, accessible, energy effective component of Air Transport System (ATS). It fills niche between Surface Transport and Scheduled Large Aircraft Air Transport.

Europe has adopted the Flightpath 2050 challenge: that by 2050, 90% of the population is able to reach any location in Europe within four hours. Without the Small Air Transport System, which can be optimized for short distances and for multiple but thin passenger flows, this challenge cannot be met.

The SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) can be an important tool to support the European Commission in defining appropriate actions and a roadmap to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Future in Business and General Aviation. Two European Parliament Resolutions (in 2009 and 2012) confirm the role of small aviation as an important element of regional development. Also SAT role was confirmed at K4I Conference, on 10th October 2012, in the European Parliament on special session “Drivers and Enablers of Innovation at Regional Level”.

The crucial goal of the SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) is building the European synergy in that segment of Air Transport System, and will create European General Aviation Community by discussing, agreeing, finding common approach of European Key Players: Users, ATM, Manufactures, Regulators, Research establishments.

The SAT-Rdmp (CSA-SA) results consist on 23 Deliverables and more than 20 meetings, workshops, and active taking part in events, where it was possible to disseminate the knowledge about Small Air Transport role and building critical mass leading to evoke Small Air Transport, as a part of European Air Transport System.

Project Context and Objectives:
The goal of the SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) is to improve the understanding of the commercial role that small-size aircraft operating on scheduled or non-scheduled flights can play as a component of the Air Transport System, in order to satisfy the needs of transportation in regions where transport networks (especially surface transport) are underdeveloped.

Main issues of the SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) are:
• Definition of a common vision of the small aircraft transport system for inter-regional mobility through the identification of the corresponding requirements. The requirements will identify the technology needs and regulatory issues to be addressed.
• Definition of a business case compliant with the identified requirements which describes the relations among all the system’s components.
• Assessment of current capabilities versus the ATS demand, collection of previous results and involvement of the stakeholders in Europe among all actors (manufacturers, research establishment, EASA, airspace users, infrastructure providers, airport managers, small aircraft service providers).
• Definition of a roadmap to fill the technology/regulatory/operative gaps in order to fulfil the requirements considering the current capabilities. Identification of dissemination actions and establishment of a network of stakeholders.
• Assessment of risks and benefits of the identified new system’s concept.

The SAT-Rdmp (CSA-SA) proposal fits in the framework of FP7-AERONAUTICS and AIR TRANSPORT (AAT)-2010-RTD-1 Topic AAT.2010.7-12 “Assessing and further developing the role of small aircraft in the air transport system”.

Project Results:
A description of the main S & T results/foredround it can find Chapter 3 "SAT-Rdmp Project Testimony" of Deliverable "D3.6 SAT Technology Roadmap Related to Clean Sky 2 Extention" which is attached to the Final Report.

Potential Impact:
The SAT could be a key enabler of regional development, if it is seen as a part of an integrated multimodal European Transport System, if programmes, such as Horizon 2020, provide support and develop appropriate regulatory environment. Two European Parliament Resolutions (in 2009 and 2012) confirm the role of small aviation as an important element of regional development. Also SAT role was confirmed at K4I Conference, on 10th October 2012, in the European Parliament on special session dedicated to this subject.

SAT-Rdmp project (supported by other projects, such as EPATS, CESAR, SAFAR, PPlane, ESPOSA) have brought together a European small aviation community and improved the understanding of the commercial role that small-size aircraft, operating on scheduled or non-scheduled flights, can play as a component of the European Air Transport System.

The European Small Aviation Industry represents considerable innovation potential. It includes a wide variety of enterprises (SAI consist of 107 manufactures i.e. 33 manufacturers of small and ultralight aircraft, 33 systems and IT, 28 engines manufactures - mostly SME) and has a market position of around 33% in value of the global general aviation and utility aircraft market (excluding business jets and light sport aircraft). However, the cost of purchasing, maintaining and operating small aircraft is a serious obstacle to higher growth in this aviation market sector.

The most important impact of SAT-Rdmp activity are evoking European Small Aviation Community, definition of Common Vision (D1.1) and Technology Roadmap (D3.1). It was a real success of SAT team to prepare a joint answer when European Commission proposed to have a new JTI Clean Sky, called Clean Sky 2.

The SAT-Rdmp Team called the relevant industries together and proposed RTD activities along the roadmap that was presented. An informal industry cluster was formed comprising Piaggio, Evektor, PZL Mielec, Grob, Diamond. The SAT-Rdmp Team assisted in getting the industries together to discuss a possible approach to be included in the Clean Sky 2 programme. A draft paper was prepared by SAT-Rdmp Team, which created the basis for the industry statement on required demonstration efforts. As the process to prepare a joint program for CS2 matured, the influence of SAT Roadmap Team was reduced, as the industry was picking up the initiative (see D3.6).

Clean Sky JU has accepted SAT proposal and include it in Clean Sky 2 scope, also Clean Sky Conference on Small Air Transport (SAT) in Warsaw attracted more than 120 participants. There is no doubt that this segment has the capacity to involve newcomers and new skills, building technical synergies with regional aircraft and rotorcraft in Clean Sky 2 ITDs.
Without the SAT-Rdmp project initiatives it is very unlikely that the Small Aircraft Industry would have been as united as it is today. The participation in the project, the workshops, the Common Vision, the ILA – Berlin SAT Conference and the Technology roadmap developed in SAT-Rdmp project stimulated the European industries to become active jointly on the European scene.

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Krzysztof PIWEK
SAT-Rdmp Project Coordinator
Instytut Lotnictwa (Institute of Aviation)
al. Krakowska 110/114, 02-256 Warsaw, Poland
+48 22 868 56 81