The key objective of the project EMPHASIS (EMPowering Heterogeneous Aviation through cellular SIgnalS) is to increase safety, reliability and interoperability of General Aviation/Rotorcrafts (GA/R) operations both with commercial aviation and with emerging drones’ operations. These aspects are foreseen as critical elements to secure and improve airspace access for GA/R users in future airspace environments and improve operational safety of their operations.
This objective is planned to be achieved through affordable CNS capabilities tailored for GA/R users where the envisioned path to reduce avionics costs is driven by:
- Deep analysis of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance system requirements (including reliability and integrity) based on the specificities of GA/R operations. The analysis should allow to identify requirements critical for operational safety and potentially lower requirements with limited applicability to GA/R operations.
- Optimal combining of ground and airborne technologies enabled through advanced communication means.
- Innovative approach to certification allowing to achieve overall safety objectives with reduced impact on the cost.
The most promising technologies (combining both on-board and ground elements) will be developed up to the proof-of-concept maturity level.