European Facility For Airborne Research

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EUFAR FP6 (2004 - 2008)

EUFAR FP6 was a project funded by the EC under its Integrated Infrastructure Intiative as part of the EC's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. 


The objectives of the EUFAR in FP6 were to:

  • co-ordinate the network of research aircraft for exchanging knowledge, sharing developments, and building the unified structure that is required for improving access to the research infrastructures;
  • provide users with Transnational Access (TA) to the infrastructures;
  • extend TA to national funding sources, also referred to as Extended TA;
  • promote airborne research in the academic community;
  • develop research activities in airborne instrumentation.


To reach these objectives, EUFAR implemented

  • Networking activities:
    • ESF Scientific Advisory Committee (N1ESF-SAC), constituted of independent eminent scientists, to supervise the activities of the EUFAR I3,
    • Transnational Access Coordination (N2TAC) to provide a unified management structure for all EUFAR TA activities,
    • Future of the Fleet (N3FF) to provide technical solutions for extending TA beyond EU support, and elaborate on possible enhancements of the fleet,
    • Expert Working Groups (N4EWG) which exchanged knowledge and promoted best practice and investment in airborne instrumentation,
    • Education & Training (N5ET) to promote airborne research in the academic community.
    • E-Communication (N6EC) to elaborate efficient solutions for the dissemination of the information and the evaluations of TA applications.


  • Transnational Access Activities:
    • To provide access to 24 instrumented aircraft, including scientific and engineering support for integration of instruments, planning of field campaigns, and data analysis.


  • Joint Research Activities:
    • To design and construct an Aerosol Reference Pod that could be flown on several aircraft and serve as a reference standard for inter-calibration of airborne aerosol instrumentation.


EUFAR FP6 Partner Consortium:

Organisation (name, city, country)Participant short name
1 Météo-France Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Toulouse, France Météo-France
2 European Foundation of Science, Strasbourg, France ESF
3 Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Köln, Germany DLR
4 Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands NLR
5 enviscope GmbH, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany Enviscope
6 Institut National des Sciences de l'Univer/ Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France INSU-CNRS
7 Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom MetOffice
8 Natural Environment Research Council, Swindon, United Kingdom NERC
9 Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Madrid, Spain INTA
10 Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israël TAU
11 Geologian Tutkimuskeskus (Geological Survey of Finland), Espoo, Finland GTK
12 Institute of Flight Guidance and Control, Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany TU-BS
13 Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin; Germany FUB
14 MetAir AG – airborne measurements and consulting, Hausen am Albis, Switzerland METAIR
15 CNR – Istituto Sistemi Agricoli e Forestali Mediterranei, Ercolano, Italy CNR-ISAFoM
16 Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany FZK
17 Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, Sweden MISU
18 Max-Planck-Society for the advancement of the science represented by Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany MPI-C
19 National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland NUIG
20 The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom UNIMAN
21 Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung, Leipzig, Germany IFT
22 Geophysica-EEIG, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy Geophysica EEIG
23 Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany AWI
24 National Meteorological Administration, Bucharest, Romania ANM

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