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Network for Innovative Training on ROtorcraft Safety

Objective

Helicopters and the other vertical flight vehicles, like tilt-rotors, compound helicopters, hybrids and rapidly expanding class of
easy to fly vertical take-off personal vehicles, are expected to see widespread use in the future especially as means of
transport, exploiting the formidable capability to provide point-to-point connections.
However, if the expansion of the usage of rotorcraft vehicles were to follow the pace of grow followed by the fixed-wing
public transport in the last years, there are several issues that need to be addressed urgently to increase the use and the
public acceptance of rotorcraft. In particular, aspects related to complexity of the operations and safety are of primary
importance, due to the fact that in the last 20 years helicopter accident rates, worldwide, remained unacceptably high,
especially when compared with fixed-wing aircraft.
The complexity of the phenomena that rule the functioning of rotorcraft calls for the development of engineers with a genuine
multidisciplinary background. The key objectives of the NITROS training network are: to train the next generation of
European aeronautical scientists and engineers on this type of flying machines developing the entrepreneurial attitude in
them that is essential to introduce disruptive technological innovations; to train engineers to avoid overlooking the impact
that their design choices may have on flight safety; to introduce innovations in rotorcraft design that will enhance the safety
of helicopters, to obtain a significant reduction of the accident rate; to create a network of excellence of European institution
dedicated to rotorcraft. All these goals can be reached by exposing the young researches to a dynamic network composed
not only by some of the most renewed European engineering schools and research centres working in the rotorcraft field, but
also to a good mix of industrial partners composed by rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and certification enitites.
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Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Address

Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 032 245,28

Participants (3)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 021 497,12

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

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STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

Renewable UK

United Kingdom

EUROCONTROL - EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION

Belgium

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 721920

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 146 893,92

  • EU contribution

    € 3 146 893,92

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy