EPATS (European Personal Air Transportation System)
focuses on the future Highly Customer Oriented and Time, and
Cost Efficient Air Transport System. It fills niche between
Surface and Scheduled Air Transport. Future mobility cannot
be satisfied only through investments in hub and spoke, or
rail - and highway systems.
This future EPATS system will provide a wide choice of
transportation mode - and the wider use of small
aircraft, served by small airports, to create access to more
communities in less time.
The goal of the EPATS proposal is to demonstrate the needs
and potential of small aircraft business development and to
propose recommendations for the introduction of this new
European Air Transportation System in the context of the
European Research Areas.
EPATS study will address the following issues:
- The potential
new market for personal aviation up to 2020.
The potential impact of this new way of transport on the
European ATM, and airport infrastructures, as
well as the environmental, safety and security issues
- The EPATS general
specification and R&D Roadmap
studies will be carried out by a Consortium supported by
representative experts of the EPATS stakeholder community.
deliverables of these studies will be rapports containing a
joint vision of the personal air transportation system in
Europe to 2020 and proposals for developing this new small
aircraft business at a European level.
EPATS SSA proposal fits in the framework of FP6-2002-Aero-2
“Thematic call in the area of Aeronautics Specific Support
Actions”, especially: “Developing an EU research
strategy in the sector” and “Promoting SME