The annual meeting of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) member organizations was organized on October 17-20, 2022. This year, the host organization was the Czech VZLU institute and the meeting took place in Prague. Poland was represented by Łukasiewicz Institute of Aviation.

The theme of this year’s summit was artificial intelligence and its application in aviation, with particular emphasis on unmanned systems. Jan Kleindienst, director of the international laboratory and R&D company MAMA AI, delivered his keynote speech.

During the workshops, the discussion was divided into four aspects:

  • Artificial intelligence – opportunities and obstacles in aviation;
  • Unmanned flight in cities – opportunities and obstacles;
  • Multi-role aircraft (drones, transport in cities) – missions and economic benefits;
  • Urban air mobility – social acceptance.

The discussion emphasized the important role of the society and building mutual trust in the proposed solutions on the basis of providing reliable and factual information, earlier introduction of the solution (on the basis of demonstration) and cooperation with the media and conducting information campaigns.

During the meeting, the activities undertaken by IFAR were summarized, including cooperation with ICAO under the partnership agreement, cooperation with ICAS, reports from working groups, including the Electric Hybrid Propulsion Group led by Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation. Directors of the IFAR member institutes also presented the achievements of their organizations for this year.

The highlight of the summit was a visit to the laboratories of GE Aviation, Aero Vodochody and the presentation of the project of the Czech VZLU institute (full-scale eVTOL UAS platform in virtual reality).

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