Work programme

Five Work Packages address the following main activities:

WP1 covers the overall management and coordination of the network activities.

WP2 will perform an information collection of existing research programmes. It will identify possible research topics for joint activities. It will provide an updated catalogue of aeronautical research infrastructures in various European countries and analysis of corresponding investment policies, priorities and mechanism. It will work on processes for implementing joint activities.

WP3 is responsible for the development of documentation and process for implementing joint activities. It aims to maximise the added value for those participating in joint activities. Building on the results of AirTN FP6, WP3 will provide best practise information to member/associated states aiming to set up joint activities or joint research programmes. Experiences and results of other ERA-Nets will be used as an input to define the best possible route to supporting activities. It will support both modalities of joint activities: Project-by-project basis and structured approach.

WP4 aims to prepare the ERA-Net for trans-national programmes by developing schemes and procedures, and also to provide plans and facilities for the network with the possibility of becoming sustainable post EC funding. These aims will be further supported by multinational pilot actions, joint activities and joint calls on some widely used components and instruments of national and international programmes.

WP5 addresses the dissemination including the pro-active integration of the results from the AirTN-FP7 activities that are released to the public. The public Web-site is used to actively promote the activities of AirTN-FP7 to all relevant stakeholders in aeronautics.
The aim of special fora is bringing together specialists from all over Europe to deepen topics of general interests (e.g. horizontal topics) to disseminate European policy and results from existing (European and national) projects and to foster dissemination from existing projects (EU or other) throughout the EU Member States. AirTN will organise a conference for the dissemination of the results addressing also representatives of other ERA-Nets and other interested parties.

Competition in the aeronautics industry worldwide will continue to be fierce and new technology is developing all the time. The legacy of AirTN will be in the increased trust between the involved countries of Europe will lead to a flow of communication and collaboration and the creation of a truly innovative EU aeronautics industry.