Aeronautics in Germany is a small but strategic sector with technological multiplier effects on other industry sectors. There exists a fully privatized industry with primarily SME structure. The R & T expenditures of 18% of turnover are high compared with 5-6% in the automotive sector. Aeronautics is a level playing field in relation to global competitors. There are strong societal needs and requirements on environmental protection.
Integration of aeronautics RTD on European national and regional level:
- a more efficient air transport system
- a more efficient environment friendly air traffic system
- more passenger safety and passenger comfort
- more efficiency in aircraft design/development and production
- more efficiency in maintenance and repair
The German National Aeronautics Research Programme is running from 1994 onwards covering LuFo I from 1994 - 1998, LuFo II from 1999 - 2002, LuFo III from 2003 - 2007 and currently LuFo IV from 2007 - 2013. It is dedicated to deliver answers to the challenges as defined in SRA II.
- traffic growth and environmental protection
- safety and passenger friendliness
- economic efficiency and market share
The implementation is realised through cooperative and integrated projects carried out by industry, universities and research institutions.
Funding is up to 50% for industry and up to 100% for universities and research institutes.