Disruptive aircraft configurations (towards FlightPath 2050´s environmental goals)

ILA ConferenceCenter, Room CHARLIE
Attendance Fee
Free of Charge
Directorate General for Reserach & Innovation
European Commission
1049 Brussels
Conference Programm

Reducing its environmental impact is, and will continue to be, a key driver for aviation. According to Flightpath 2050 vision, there is the need in aviation to accelerate efforts to increase resource efficiency and, at the same time, reducing noise and gas emissions. Compared to the capabilities of typical aircraft of 2000, the 2050 technologies and procedures available should allow a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre and a 90% reduction in NOx emissions, while the perceived noise emission should be reduced by 65%.

To achieve such environmental goals by 2050, revolutionary changes in aircraft configuration and operation (including alternative energy sources) will be crucial for EU aviation industry to stay globally competitive, as also indicated by the ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) in Challenge 3.

Future step-changes in aircraft design, airframe configuration, propulsion systems (including electric and hybrid), on-board systems, as well as capabilities or modes of operation, will need to prove their worth compared with the evolutionary developments, whilst maintaining or improving on the high levels of reliability, safety and usability that customers demand.

In the high-level international settings of the ILA Air Show Berlin 2018, the European Commission and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) are organising a dedicated workshop on disruptive aircraft configurations.      

The objectives of the workshop are fourfold:

1) resent an overview of the current EU aviation research on disruptive configurations on aircraft design methodologies, airframe configuration, propulsion systems (including electric and hybrid) and on-board systems), and a snapshot of progress at European, National and International levels;

2) provide an overview of the current challenges in aviation R&I focusing on disruptive configurations;

3) identify gaps and gather recommendations on specific topics which should be addressed in the short, medium and long-term, including aspects such as:

  • progress on research topics considered in ACARE STRIA Challenges 1, 2 and 3;
  • acceptability criteria for new aircraft architectures;
  • air quality (e.g. CO2, NOx and particulate matter) and noise targets;

4) bring together EU aviation research stakeholders to discuss the potential contributions of those disruptive contribution technologies to the globally competitive sustainable EU aviation of the future and highlight their crucial role in the current EU aviation research roadmaps.


14:00-14:10  Welcome by INEA-H2 and DG RTD-H3

14:10-14:25 1st key-note speaker

President of Pegase -Innovative Concepts and Technologies

Chaired by
FUMERO Sebastiano (DG RTD-H3)

14:25-14:40  2nd key -note speaker

Björn NAGEL,
Founding Director German Aerospace Centre, System Architectures in Aeronautics

14:40 -14:55 3rd key-note speaker

Ulrich WENGER,
Head of Capability and Technology, Rolls Royce

14:55-15:10 4th key-note speaker

Head of R&T Plateau Bremen Research & Technology, Airbus

15:10-15:20  Q&A

15:20-15:27  Short intervention by the AGILE project

15:27-15:35  Short intervention by the PARSIFAL project

15:35-15:42  Short intervention by the ASUMED project

15:42-15:50  hort intervention by the SMS project

15:50-15:57  Short intervention by the CENTRELINE project

15:57-16:05  Q&A

16:05-16:20  Discussion

16:20-16.25 Conclusions (DG RTD-H3)

No registration necessary

Contact Person

Mr Daniele Violato
tel. +32 229-52947