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Small Air Transport Roadmap (SAT-Rdmp)

The Small Air Transport (SAT) focuses on the new affordable, accessible, energy effective component of Air Transport System (ATS). It fills niche between Surface Transport and Scheduled Large Aircraft  Air Transport.

This future SAT system will provide enlarge choice of transportation  mode, and the wider use of small aircraft served by small airports will create access to transport to more communities in a cost effective way and in a short time.


The goal
of the SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) proposal is to improve  the understanding of the commercial role that small-size aircraft operating on scheduled or non-scheduled flights can play as a component of the Air Transport System, in order to satisfy the needs of transportation in regions where transport networks (especially surface transport) are underdeveloped.

 Main issues of the SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) proposal are:

  • Definition of a common vision of the small aircraft transport system for inter-regional mobility through the identification of the corresponding requirements. The requirements will identify the technology needs and regulatory issues to be addressed.
  • Definition of a business case compliant with the identified requirements which describes the relations among all the systemís components.
  •  Assessment of current capabilities versus the ATS demand, collection of previous results  and involvement of  the stakeholders in Europe among all actors (manufacturers, research establishment, EASA, airspace users, infrastructure providers, airport managers, small aircraft service providers).
  • Definition of a roadmap to fill the technology/regulatory/operative gaps in order to fulfil the requirements considering the current capabilities. Identification of dissemination actions and establishment of a network of stakeholders.
  • Assessment of risks and benefits of the identified new systemís concept.

The SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) will be a very important tool to support the European Commission in defining appropriate actions and a roadmap to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Future in Business and General Aviation. This was recommended by the EU Parliament Resolution on 3rd February 2009.

The SAT-Rdmp study (CSA-SA) is building the European synergy in that segment of Air Transport System, and will create European General Aviation Community by discussing, agreeing, finding common approach of European Key Players: Users, ATM, Manufactures, Regulators, Research establishments.

 
The SAT-Rdmp study will use the results from the previous EPATS (European Personal Air Transportation System) project. It will also keep in close contact to the PPLane (Personal Plane) project funded by the Commission. Organisations that were and are involved in the EPATS and PPlane projects are involved in SAT-Rdmp. This will prevent a situation that studies are done twice and will ensure that SAT-Rdmp is complementary.

The
SAT-Rdmp (CSA-SA) proposal fits in the framework of FP7-AERONAUTICS and AIR TRANSPORT (AAT)-2010-RTD-1  Topic AAT.2010.7-12  ďAssessing and further developing the role of small aircraft in the air transport systemĒ.

A full package with information (for researchers, the press, and anybody who may be interested in the future of air transport) is available upon request. Please contact us to get this package (contact details are available in the Contact tab on the left side and on the menu at the top of the page).
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SAT Vision

The SAT-Rdmp CSA will address all these issues and more specifically will move along the following lines:

  •  Definition of a common vision of the small aircraft transport system for inter-regional mobility through the identification of the corresponding requirements. The requirements will identify the technology needs and regulatory, environmental, safety and security  issues to be addressed.

  • Definition of a business case compliant to the identified requirements which describes the relations among all the systemís components.

  •  Assessment of current capabilities versus the SAT demand, collection of previous results  and involvement of  the stakeholders in Europe among all actors (manufacturers, research establishment, EASA, airspace users, infrastructure providers, airport managers, small aircraft service providers,Ö).

  • Definition of a roadmap to fill the technology/regulatory/operative gaps in order to fulfil the requirements considering the current capabilities. Identification of dissemination actions and establishment of a network of stakeholders.

  • Assessment of risks and benefits of the identified new systemís concept.

Important part of SAT-Rdmp concept is supporting to create European General Aviation Community. Significant step in this direction has been made at Workshop ď General Aviation and European Air Transport SystemĒ (7-8 July 2009 in Warsaw), where 110 attendees from 15 Countries discuss and ranking goals in this area. Subjects for the next European General Aviation meetings will worked out by such project as SAT-Rdmp.