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Small Air Transport (SAT) - GAM 2020

Project description

Affordable and green commuter to connect small airports in Europe

In a world that is becoming more and more connected, it is crucial that even the most remote areas can be easily reached in an economical and sustainable way. In the context of Clean Sky 2, the EU-funded GAM-2020-SAT project aims to diminish technology gaps to reduce the operational costs and environmental impact of small airplanes, ensuring high standards of operational safety. This will guarantee operability of small commuters (max 19 seats) from underused airfields in an affordable and green way, meanwhile reducing travel time for thin haul operations. Industrial companies, research centres and universities will work together to reach GAM-2020-SAT’s objectives, enabling the development of an innovative, small commuter to connect smaller cities, reduce flight times and improve overall European air mobility.


"Currently, there is a big need for connecting small airports in remote areas. However, today no affordable solution is available due to the high cost per seat of current available small aircraft.
Thus, a reduction of operating cost of small aircraft (up to 19 seats) is needed to open this promising market, contributing to improve mobility in Europe, connecting small cities and helping to reduce flight time, matching the FlightPath 2050 ""d2d 4h"" (4 hours door to door) challenge.
In parallel, aviation sustainability issues have become more and more important, being aviation pollution an important source of global environmental pollution.
The SAT Initiative proposed in Clean Sky 2 represents the R&D (Research & Development) interests of European manufacturers of small aircraft used for passenger and cargo transport, belonging to EASA´s CS-23 (European Aviation Safety Agency Certification Specifications-23) regulatory base. This includes dozens of industrial companies (many of which SMEs – Small Medium Enterprises –), research centres and universities. The community covers the full supply chain, i.e. aircraft integrators, engine and systems manufacturers and research organizations.
SAT main goal is to meet the Flightpath 2050 target whereby ""90% of travellers within Europe are able to complete their journey, door-to-door, within 4 hours"", improving overall European air mobility, by means of an eco-friendly, and economically viable aircraft answering sustainability needs, market demand, and cost-effectiveness.
In particular, two platforms are being investigated: a Green 19-seats EIS2025 (Entry Into Service in 2025) and an E-STOL (Electric/hybrid Short Take-Off and Landing) EIS2032 (Entry Into Service in 2032) 19-seats commuter.
This proposal presents the work plan 2020-23 toward the SAT-TA final objectives."


Net EU contribution
€ 1 951 059,34
00185 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 2 787 227,64

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