The European Commission has set out plans to make research and innovation a central component of its Aviation Strategy for Europe.
The Commission adopted the strategy, which aims to improve the European aviation industry, on 7 December. Its priorities include making progress on innovation, digital technologies and investments. “Appropriate investments into technology and innovation will secure Europe’s leading role in international aviation,” the Commission said in a statement.
Activities will be funded through the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project, for which the Commission has promised to spend €430 million each year until 2020, it said. This will include research on the deployment and optimisation of information and communications technologies for airport capacity, performance and quality of service.