9. November 2021
12th IFAR Summit in Warsaw

Fac­ing air trans­port chal­lenges to­geth­er

New cooperation between DLR and NRC
New co­op­er­a­tion be­tween DLR and NRC
Image 1/2, Credit: © DLR / Adel Schröpfer

New cooperation between DLR and NRC

Markus Fis­ch­er, DLR Di­vi­sion­al Board Mem­ber for Aero­nau­tics (left), and Ibrahim Yimer, Di­rec­tor Gen­er­al of the NRC Aerospace Re­search Cen­ter and the new IFAR Chair­man, sign the agree­ment on the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Wave App. Wave App is a wake tur­bu­lence warn­ing sys­tem.
The IFAR Summit was held virtually and on site in Warsaw
The IFAR Sum­mit was held vir­tu­al­ly and on site in War­saw
Image 2/2, Credit: © ILOT

The IFAR Summit was held virtually and on site in Warsaw

More than 60 par­tic­i­pants met at the IFAR Sum­mit to ex­change views on cur­rent top­ics and projects. The event in Poland was im­ple­ment­ed ac­cord­ing to the 2G rule. The In­ter­na­tion­al Fo­rum for Avi­a­tion Re­search (IFAR) is a net­work of in­ter­na­tion­al re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions. DLR is one of the found­ing mem­bers.
  • At this year's international gathering of national aviation research organisations, the topics included cooperation, young researchers and sustainable air transport.
  • IFAR brings together members from 26 countries.
  • DLR and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have agreed on a new cooperation.
  • Focus: Aeronautics

Mobility in urban airspaces was a key topic at the 12th IFAR Summit. How can aircraft be used autonomously to transport cargo and passengers in the future? Regarding the further development of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) has agreed on a cooperation with the United Nations air transport organisation (International Civil Aviation Organization; ICAO). In addition, the support of young researchers was a central part of the event. At the invitation of the leading Polish research institution, the Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Aviation (ILOT), more than 60 participants from aviation research organisations met in Warsaw (Poland) and online in October. At the same time, ILOT celebrated its 95th anniversary. As a founding member, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been supporting IFAR activities for more than 10 years.

IFAR is an information and discussion platform for aviation research. The globally unique network unites members from 26 countries who meet annually at the highest level to exchange views on global challenges and possible solutions. Working groups dedicated to areas such as sustainable air transport and uncrewed aerial systems enable intensive cooperation between the members.

DLR and the NRC further develop a wake turbulence warning system

DLR concluded an agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) at the IFAR Summit. Markus Fischer, DLR Divisional Board Member for Aeronautics, and Ibrahim Yimer, Director General of the NRC Aerospace Research Centre, signed the agreement. As part of the Wave App cooperation, a wake turbulence warning system will be further developed and tested on board an NRC research aircraft. Among other things, the knowledge gained from this will be used in the DLR project Next Generation Intelligent Cockpit (NICo). "Wave App is a good example of innovation, applied research and technology transfer," says Fischer. The new agreement – concluded on the 50th anniversary year of German-Canadian scientific and technological cooperation – is also linked to the strategic cooperation between DLR and the NRC.

IFAR Leadership team changes

DLR is a permanent member of the IFAR Leadership team and is represented by Markus Fischer and Joachim Szodruch. Fischer succeeds Rolf Henke in this position; Henke said farewell at the IFAR event. Adél Schröpfer from the International Relations Department at DLR took over as head of the IFAR Secretariat, which has been supported by DLR since its establishment. The Summit also appointed Ibrahim Yimer as the new Chair and Bruno Sainjon, Chairman of the Board of Administrators of Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales, (ONERA) as Vice-Chair.

The Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) has issued invitations to the 13th IFAR Summit in Prague (Czech Republic) during October 2022 to discuss the topics 'Green Deal' and 'Urban and suburban air mobility'.

  • Katja Lenz
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5401
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • Adél Schröpfer
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
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