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Weather hazards for aeronautics

Objective

On April 14th, 2010, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the accompanying cloud of volcanic ash forced most countries in northern Europe to shut their airspace, grounding more than 100,000 flights, affected an estimated 10 million travellers and had a financial impact of 5 bn US$ over a seven day period. This event revealed to what extent our society and economy rely on the availability of a safe and efficient air transport system and how fragile it remains when faced with the complexity of atmospheric conditions. WEZARD aims to support and contribute to the preparation of future community research in air transport system robustness when faced with weather hazards. It will focus on hazards which can be spread over large areas such as volcanic ash clouds or severe atmospheric conditions including icing. The WEZARD consortium will 1/ take stock of the current knowledge of weather hazards affecting airframes, engines and systems and identify the needed technology and capability developments pathways, 2/ compile knowledge on the collection, processing and communication of meteorological data and investigate what research is needed on observation, forecasting tools, data assimilation and broadcasting, 3/ investigate the existing and needed safety standards and procedures, 4/ model the capacity of the scientific community to better understand, observe and simulate hazardous particles. These activities will result in a R&D roadmap identifying research gaps and priorities and providing recommendations to the main stakeholders of the aeronautical community. The WEZARD consortium will consist of 3 airframers, 2 engine manufacturers, 1 system supplier, 1 network of meteorological offices, 4 research centres, 1 provider of test facilities and 1 civil aviation authority over 2 years. An Advisory Board gathering a panel of international experts in relevant domains will be set up to provide advice on the vision, priorities and directions proposed by the project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 60 466
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)

Participants (12)

DASSAULT AVIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 54 998
Address
9 Rond Point Champs-elysees-marcel Dassault
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Svetlana Bauchiere (Ms.)
BOEING RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY EUROPE S.L.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 25 419
Address
Avenida Sur Del Aeropuerto De Barajas 38 Edif 4 Pl 4
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Molina (Mr.)
SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
France
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Bvd Du General Martial Valin 2
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Houel (Mr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 931
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rory Clarkson (Dr.)
THALES AVS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 25 145
Address
75-77 Avenue Marcel Dassault
33700 Merignac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Filloux (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 25 562
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pierre Laroche (Mr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 55 105
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elke Dreweck (Ms.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 24 957
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Lang (Mr.)
EUMETNET GROUPEMENT D INTERET ECONOMIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 101 434
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Noyes (Mr.)
DIRECTION GENERALE DE L'ARMEMENT/DGA ESSAIS PROPULSEURS
France
EU contribution
€ 25 038
Address
Rue Jean Rostand 10
91895 Orsay
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Franky Le Mézo (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 25 252
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gelsomina Pappalardo (Dr.)
CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 999
Address
Aviation House, Gatwick Airport South
RH6 0YR Crawley
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Greene (Mr.)