Aeronautics is one of the biggest and important industries in the EU, not only for its pivotal role in the transport of people and goods but for the European manufacturing industries as well. To expand its aeronautics industry Europe needs to have a strong policy on research and development, putting this into action by carrying out top quality state of the art research and innovation activities in all areas of the aeronautics industry including infrastructure, development, passenger care and supply chain operators. AirTN therefore creates opportunities for collaboration in order to establish aeronautical RTD that would not have otherwise been undertaken independently, due to financial or technical constraints.