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COMMON VISION Workshop

Common Vision Workshop on Small Aircraft Transport (SAT) Mode

DATA AND LOCATION

28th September 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, at Regione Campania – Brussels Office, Avenue De Cortenbergh 60

AGENDA
AGENDA (format pdf )
CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Goals of Workshop and Panel Discussion

The goals of the Workshop „Common Vision for Small Aircraft Transport Mode” are to discuss with representatives of the SAT Community, EC, Regulators, Operators:
  •  the elements of the SAT Vision in order to build up a “Common” shared view of the future.

  •  the concept of Small Aircraft Transport (SAT) mode: a new modality for the Future ATS responding to 2020 challenges (medium term) and looking towards 2050 horizon (longer term),

  •  Enabling Technologies, Enabling Conditions, Priorities.

The following elements have been debated during the workshop:
  • Presentation of a Vision for an Aircraft Transport System including Small Aircraft Transport (SAT) for inter-regional mobility responding to 2020 challenges (medium term) and looking towards 2050 horizon (longer term).
  • Benefits by the SAT mode: High Level Objectives vs Challenges.
  • Demand of SAT modes and possible Scenarios.
  • SAT sectors and products where Europe wants to excel.
  • Business case with operational characteristics.
  • Identification of existing regulation requirements, regulatory difficulties and innovative approach in the regulation area.
  • High Level Objectives for SAT Products needed to identify the enabling technologies.
  • Assessment of existing and missing capabilities in Europe.
  • Start-up discussion on Enabling Technologies, Enabling Conditions, Priorities to pave the way for the SAT SRIA.
Some of these elements have been discussed during two Parallel Sessions (Products and Operations).

As a preparation to this workshop, a discussion paper “Common Vision on the Development of a Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS)” was elaborated.
This Paper was sent to European General Aviation Community, to European Commission DG Research and DG Move, to experts preparing new Strategic Research and innovation Agenda, and also to personalities outside EU – from Russia, Canada, Turkey, US. Furthermore, SAT-Rdmap Project Coordinator specifically asked Mr Bruce Holmes (former President of USA program AGATE and SATS) for presentation his point of view.
 
The Discussion Paper is presenting also three Pivotal Questions to be debated at the Workshop.
  1. Do you agree with the following statement: “A Small Aircraft Transport System, based on small-size aircraft, operating on commercial scheduled or non-scheduled flights from standard airports and small airfield network, should be accepted as a component of the European (Air) Transport System”?
  2. Do you agree with the formulated goal: “The main goal of Small Aircraft Transportation System is to provide fast passenger transport service for European business travel, the need of passengers along city pairs with low intensity traffic (also in central Europe), as well as the needs of remotes regions with underdeveloped transport infrastructure thus enabling door-to-door travel between EU regions/city pairs at a flying distance of around 4 hours?
  3. Do you agree that these goals might be met by 2020 using mostly currently existing aircraft, infrastructure and available ICT?

The Workshop Attendance

The Workshop, dedicated to “Common Vision for Small Aircraft Transport Mode”, gathered a satisfactory representative group of the General Aviation Community; there were attendants from 11 countries: manufactures, operators, regulators, academia, research, ACARE, EC. There were also reactions to the Discussion Paper on “SAT System Common Vision” and the related three Pivotal Questions.
Clearly, building “Common” shared view of the future Small Aircraft Transport System as a component of the European Integrated Transport is a long process, and cannot be addressed in one single meeting; anyhow, workshop discussions as well as written answers are extremely useful to collect opinions and to build a common vision for the development of a SAT System.

The Parallel Sessions

Two Parallel Sessions took place to openly collect views and opinions on key elements of the SAT Vision.

Working Group-1 - Product Technologies
The topics to be discussed in Working Group 1 were:
- Target Products & Technologies,
- High Level Objectives for Product Technologies,
- Enabling Conditions for Product Technologies, R&TD infrastructures, Certification, Standards and Rules, Industrial Master Plan, Funding,
- Product Technologies High Level Objectives vs Challenges.

CONCLUSIONS

  • The importance of SATS as a new air transport mode was generally accepted.
  • Better marketing for SATS is needed
  • Step change in aircraft technology is needed.
  • Engine technology is critical.
  • An ATM concept and airspace classification suitable for SATS has to be developed.
  • Novel concepts for SATS aimed at longer term have to be conceived.
Working Group-2 - Operation Technologies
The Topics to be discussed in Working Groups 2 were:
- Target Operation, System Concepts and Technologies, Booking system o Fleet Management, ATM and SES, Airports, Automation level for SAT and operation modes,
- High Level Objectives for Operation Technologies,
- Enabling Conditions for Operations Technologies, Pilot Training, Insertion in SES, Certification, Standards and Rules o R&TD funding,
- Operation Technologies High Level Objectives vs Challenges.

CONCLUSIONS
  • The importance of SATS as a new air determining transport mode was generally accepted.
  • Better marketing for SATS is needed.
  • Cost, Quality & Competitiveness are factors.
  • Safety and Predictability of Operations are very important element.
  • SATS insertion in SESAR has to be tackled.
  • The business model to be adopted is an essential element for the success of a SAT System. It has to be affordable and reliable.
  • A pilot phase testing some different business models should be set up in the short term (within 2020) ; this would allow to build up a success story, to increase trust in the approach, to support public acceptance and increase political leverage.
Panel discussion
Workshop Common Vision has foreseen Panel Discussion on Small Aircraft Transport Mode. Moderator Krzysztof PIWEK (SAT-Rdmp Project Coordinator) invited Personalities from different areas of General Aviation Community. Thanks to friendly answer, in the Discuss Panel took part representatives of the EC, Regulators, Operators, Manufactures, Research, Academia, and independent experts. Here they are (according successive presentation order):
  •  Adriaan de GRAAFF (AdCuenta - Independent expert, co-author SRA’s, EPATS, SAT-Rdmp Partner),
  •  Stefaan GHIJS (Fly Aeolus – small aircraft operator, SAT-Rdmp Partner),
  •  Tony HENLEY (THL – ATM – SESAR expertise, co-author SRA’s, SAT-Rdmp Partner),
  •  Marcello AMATO (CIRA - ACARE expertise, co-author SRA’s, SAT-Rdmp Partner),
  •  Jaroslav RŮŽIČKA (Evektor, EGAMA Vice-President),
  •  Zbigniew MĄCZKA (Polish Civil Aviation Office Vice-President),
  •  Jozsef ROHACS (BUTE – Professor with PATS expertise, SAT-Rdmp Partner),
  •  Pablo PEREZ-ILLANA (EC DG Research – Project Officer of SAT-Rdmp Project).
Main conclusion from Panel Discussion

The Small Aircraft Transport System should be part of the European Integrated Transport System; this is a challenging objective but in Europe there is the knowledge and market potential to achieve it.
Currently the enabling conditions are in a poor status. European manufacturer are suffering from this situation.

There is a social need for mobility and specifically some regions and city-pairs would increase their access to transport by a SAT system; anyhow, proper dissemination and political leverage is needed to improve awareness of sustainability and social benefit of a SAT system.

The Business model to be adopted is an essential element for the success of a SAT System.It has to be affordable and reliable.

A pilot phase testing some different business models should be set up in the short term; this would allow building up a success story, to increase trust in the approach, to support public acceptance and political leverage.

The Vision and the Roadmap should also look to medium (2035) and long term (2050). There is an agreement that SAT System might become a small scale platform to demonstrate the European Integrated Transport functionality.

It is worth reminding the European goal, as declared in Flightpath 2050 and EC relevant documents, to create a European Integrated Transport System which has to be safe, green and seamless - with one of goals “90% of travellers within Europe are able to complete their journey, door-to-door within 4 hours. Passengers and freight are able to transfer seamlessly between transport modes to reach the final destination smoothly, predictably and on-time”.

SAT-Rdmp Project is compliant with Fligfhtpath 2050 challenges.
 
PRESENTATIONS
1.

Welcome and Short introduction to the SAT-Roadmap Project, Krzysztof Piwek (IoA)

2. SAT Vision and Roadmap - A new transport mode in Future ATS - A. de Graaff (AD Cuenta), M. Amato (CIRA)  
3. Demand of SAT Mode - I. Laplace (M3 Systems)  
4. Business Case with operational Characteristics - R. Curran (TUD)  
5. Future aircraft concepts (Business, GA and Small Transport Aircraft) - A. Cozzolino (Piaggio Aero)  
6. Enabling Conditions for Operations : booking system, airports - S. Ghijs (Fly Aeolus)  
7. Enabling Conditions for Operations: pilot availability, SES, level of automations - C. Le Tallec (ONERA) 
8. Regulatory Difficulties and Emerging Needs for Regulations - J. Duda (Evector)  
9. Workshops Approach and Working Group Creation - M. Amato (CIRA), A. de Graaff (AD Cuenta)  
10. Recollection of WG-1 and WG-2 Discussion - M. Amato (CIRA), A. de Graaff (AD Cuenta), T. Henley (Consulting), S. Ghijs (Fly Aeolus)  
11. Next Steps - A. de Graaff (AD Cuenta)  

PAPERS
1.

Common Vision on the Development of a Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS), Paper for Discussion with Three Pivotal Questions  

2. MINUTES, SAT-Rdmp, Common Vision Workshop, Brussels 28 Sept 2011
3. D1.5 Common Vision for SAT Mode Workshop Report