Future Sky is a joint research initiative from the association of European Research Establishments in Aviation (EREA). Within the programme NLR and its European peers contribute to the competitiveness and greening of European aviation towards 2050. To this extend NLR and the other EREA partners work together extensively with universities and industrial partners, whereas the research establishments match the European co-funded projects with their own institutional research programmes.

The programme is divided into four sub-programmes: Safety, Quiet Air Transport, Integrated Air Transport and Energy. NLR is leading the first programme on safety.

Future Sky Safety is an EU-funded research programme in the field of European aviation safety, with an estimated initial budget of about € 50 million, which brings together 33 European partners to develop new tools and new approaches to aeronautics safety starting in January 2015.
The first phase of the Programme research focuses on four main topics:

  • Building ultra-resilient vehicles and improving the cabin safety
  • Reducing risk of accidents
  • Improving processes and technologies to achieve near-total control over the safety risks
  • Improving safety performance under unexpected circumstances

The Programme will also help coordinate the research and innovation agendas of several countries and institutions, as well as create synergies with other EU initiatives in the field (e.g. SESAR, Clean Sky 2). Future Sky Safety is set up with expected seven years duration, divided into two phases of which the first one of 4 years has been formally approved. The programme has started on the 1st of January 2015.