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Small aircraft, big deal

A small-aircraft -focused project succeeded in bringing extensive new knowledge and technical achievements to Europe's general aviation sector. The new development and technologies approaches will boost competitiveness at an international level.
Small aircraft, big deal
The 'Cost effective small aircraft' (CESAR) project worked to provide manufacturers of small-size commercial aircraft with the means of becoming fully competitive in the international market. The EU-funded team's objective was to deliver a novel development concept for small aircraft and to improve related technologies. The vision was aimed at reducing time to market and lowering costs for overall development, operation and maintenance. Safety, passenger comfort and environmental impact were also at the top of the list.

The project focused on aerodynamic and structural design, propulsion integration, aircraft system optimisation and design integration — areas of research and technology development (RTD) that comprehensively deal with the aircraft design processes. CESAR partners concentrated on enhancing the tools of aerodynamic and structural design as well as the methods used for structural evaluation; all related activities aimed to provide a suitable environment for virtual aircraft simulation.

With a view to reducing aircraft operating costs and improving safety, CESAR also focused on advancing knowledge and technological developments for aircraft subparts and systems. Activities also included integrating large commercial aircraft technologies for modified economical use in the category of small-size commercial aircraft.

CESAR successfully accomplished its objectives and realised a number of accomplishments related to visibility, publications and patent protection of certain technical results.

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