At the end of November 2014, the Future of the Fleet activity leader, Francesco Cairo (CNR) launched an online survey to evaluate the user needs of the airborne research community. The questionnaire consisted of 35 questions that aimed to identify present and future gaps in airborne research facilities in order to outline strategies for the long-term development of the fleet.
In total 156 people participated in the survey, most of whom were leading/ established researchers with a high level of experience in airborne research.
Overall, the remarks collected were generally positive towards EUFAR. Some interesting responses highlighted the continued absence of stratospheric aircraft in the EUFAR fleet and lack of EUFAR involvement with remotely operated aircraft (UAVs), and included recommendations for a common scientific European aircraft and suggestions to focus on a smaller number of high capability aircraft than a large number of less capable ones.
The summary report of the survey results is available on the EUFAR website for registered members. To access this report, click here.