The mission of Clean Sky, the most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever launched in Europe, is to develop revolutionary novel technologies, architectures and configurations in order to greatly reduce the impact of aviation on the environment. The ”Clean Sky” Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) is a direct outcome of the ambitious goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) as a part of Vision 2020, providing the framework for the research, development and maturation of new technologies and concepts to be implemented in the current and future aircraft fleet.

CLEANSKYWithin the framework of Clean Sky, the Eco-Design Airframe (EDA) is focused mainly on the last ACARE goal: to make substantial progress in reducing the environmental impact of the manufacture, maintenance and disposal of aircraft and related products. This concentrates on the design, production and end-of-life aircraft life phases. The EDA platform involves the participation of 14 major partners and is co-led by Dassault Aviation and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Within EDA, a notable partnership exists between JTI and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). According to Gad Cohen, executive VP and the general manager of IAI’s engineering & development group, “There is a series of novel materials, technologies and coatings that were proposed and led by IAI and will be manufactured in 2014-2015 according to the EDA project schedule”, as well as new types of greener civil aircraft that will be added to the IAI line.

Through its vision, projects and partnerships, Clean Sky is a remarkable example of how the continuous desire for improvement and research can result in innovative technologies which combat challenging environmental objectives and aid the aviation industry in becoming more sustainable for generations to come.