The European aviation project SAT-AM is entering its final stage of implementation. On this occasion, the project coordinator, Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation, together with project consortium members: Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o. o., Eurotech, Szel-Tech, P.W. Metrol, Ultratech, Zakłady Lotnicze Margański & Mysłowski and Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA) presented the effects of research and development carried out within the project. 

SAT-AM (More Affordable Small Aircraft Manufacturing) is a five-year project implemented under the Clean Sky 2 program financed by the European Commission.

The aim of the project participants was to develop new technologies for production of aviation structures for 4-19 seat aircraft category.

The work carried out by the consortium included development of a cabin demonstrator and a composite engine nacelle for M28 aircraft manufactured by PZL Mielec. The nacelle has a potential to replace the metal structure in the future.

A summary of the work related to the implementation of the composite nacelle demonstrator is presented in the video below.

Small air transport

The SAT-AM project is part of the activities for the promotion and development of Small Air Transport (SAT). The European vision presented in the Flightpath 2050 study assumes a renaissance of flights from smaller, regional airports. The goal to be achieved is to complete the journey door-to-door within 4 hour.

For the idea of ​​SAT to become more widely accepted, it is necessary to develop innovative design processes and production technologies for smaller aircraft. The goal is to increase the flight safety of an aircraft while reducing the manufacturing costs.

It will also be important to develop breakthrough technologies that will significantly improve the environmental performance of aircraft. There are four specific targets: reducing fuel consumption, lowering CO2 emissions, reducing external noise levels up to 50% and reducing NOx emissions up to 80% by year 2020, compared to year 2000 levels.

The Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation is one of the most modern research facilities in Europe, with traditions dating back to 1926. The Institute closely cooperates with global tycoons of the aviation industry, such as: GE, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, and institutions from the space industry, including the European Space Agency. Strategic research areas of the Institute are aviation, space and unmanned technologies. It also provides research and services for domestic and foreign industries in the field of materials, composite, additive, remote sensing, energy and mining technologies.

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