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Small Aircraft Future Avionics Architecture

Objective

SAFAR will focus on the development of a future avionics architecture for small aircraft providing easy and safe control of the aircraft. SAFAR aims at a significant reduction of pilot workload and an increase of safety during all phases of flight and ground operations incl. take-off and landing. In order to achieve this, SAFAR will provide the aircraft with easy handling characteristics and flight envelope protection at any time. The pilot flies the aircraft mainly via a stick controller and throttle lever. Switching between flight control and flight guidance modes will be performed automatically by the system - transparent for the pilot. SAFAR shall also provide the capability to take full advantage of the results of SESAR. Advanced ATC and even ATM will be supported in a way of maximum on-board automatism. In long term four dimensional flight vectoring as a result of the on-board ATM/FM shall be executed automatically. In mid term, four dimensional flight vectoring is expected to come from ATC via ADS-B. After being checked by the pilot via display, SAFAR will provide the capability for automatic execution of the flight vectoring (flight trajectories) after engagement by the pilot. The clear objective of SAFAR is to keep the handling characteristics of the A/C for all modes of control, i.e. manual control, control via flight guidance and control via flight management in combination with ATC resp. ATM, as easy as possible. Additionally, growth potential for autonomous emergency flight procedures in cases of sudden pilot medical diseases resp. incapacitation or total loss of engine power will be provided. Base for the implementation of SAFAR functions will be an advanced safety-critical, fault-tolerant fly-by-wire platform applicable to small aircraft. The platform will comprise computing resources, a human machine interface, a mainly satellite-based fault-tolerant attitude/navigation system and a safety-critical electric power supply with all-electric actuators

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/electric energy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CASSIDIAN AIRBORNE SOLUTIONS GMBH
Address
Sebaldsbrucker Heerstrasse 235
28309 Bremen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julian Plath

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 683 963
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elleke Koornneef (Ms.)
DFS DEUTSCHE FLUGSICHERUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 170
Address
Am Dfs Campus 10
63225 Langen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Uhl (Mr.)
DIAMOND AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 498 500
Address
Nikolaus August Otto-strasse 5
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Walluf (Mr.)
GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 352 382
Address
Calle Isaac Newton Parque Tecnologico De Madrid
28760 Tres Cantos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Javier Martinez (Mr.)
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 368 620
Address
V Parku 2325/16 Chodov
148 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Novotny (Mr.)
SEPTENTRIO NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 483 220
Address
Interleuvenlaan 15I
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Grognard (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 093 250
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Reinhard Reichel (Prof.)
RHEINMETALL DEFENCE ELECTRONICS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 034 895
Address
Brueggeweg 54
28309 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Hermann Roeper (Mr.)