European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research Sept. 20, 2017, 18:35

Transnational and Open Access

Transnational Access

Within EUFAR, Transnational Access (TA) is offered to 17 instrumented aircraft ranging from a low- and slow-flying small single-engine aircraft (ENDURO) to a 4-engine jet aircraft that is capable of carrying several tons of instrumentation payload (BAe146). In addition, 3 specialist instruments (VITO-APEX, DLR-HIS and DLR-SAR) are separately available through TA. The funding offered to successful applicants provides an allocation of flight hours on the selected aircraft. It also provides a small amount of Travel and Subsistence (T&S) funding to enable Principal Investigators and other user-group members to participate in the planning and execution of the field campaign. This T&S funding is typically at the level of about €2500 for each approved project. Following the flight campaign, they are provided with calibrated and quality-controlled data by the aircraft operator.

TA funds do NOT cover any of the costs associated with the installation of additional instrumentation on the chosen aircraft platform. If there is a potential requirement for this, applicants should contact a representative of their selected aircraft operator as soon as possible. This will enable an early assessment of the feasibility of the installation and establish the level of additional funding that will be required beyond that available from EUFAR.

Open Access

In order to continue to provide researchers with a method of access to research aircraft, EUFAR is currently developing a new process that is referred to as Open Access (OA). In this, funding for the flight hours is provided by the aircraft operators themselves (or their funding partners). Access to the aircraft is granted in exchange for resources provided in-kind by a separate country or agency. These resources may take a number of forms. One possibility is the provision of instrument scientists and engineers to work at the flight facility of one of the current EUFAR aircraft operators. Another alternative may be the development of a new instrument that may be a key to achieving the aims of scientists from the aircraft operator’s normal user base. A number of aircraft operators and funding bodies within the EUFAR network have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement this scheme and it is planned to implement it fully over the next 2 years (2014-2015).

Any potential users who wish to obtain flight time on one of their aircraft are encouraged to discuss their requirements with the TA Coordinator (Phil Brown). They may also wish to submit an Expression of Interest as described above. We will discuss their requirements with them and explore the ways in which it may be possible to encourage their national funding agencies to provide support for it through the Open Access process.

To apply for Transnational Access

To apply for Transnational Access in response to a currently-open Call for Proposals, join a group currently building a Transnational Access project or  to submit an Expression of Interest, please use the appropriate TAB below. 

Join a TA project

To join a research team currently designing a Transnational Access project, please click on the "Join" button in the table below to describe your motivation to be involved.

Campaign start / end Project Acronym / Type Title / Scientific theme Operator, Aircraft / Instrument required Project leader History file Status Action
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FOAM - Silesia
Scientific project
Flight campaign over Silesian Coal District to quantify the methane emission rates from urban and biogenic sources
TA-021. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurement
FUB, C 207 - FUB
None
NECKI Jaroslaw History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
ClIMa
Scientific project
Evaluation of ground-based lidar methodologies for continuous profiling of Cloud condensation and Ice nuclei concentrations in the Mediterranean
TA-021. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurement
DLR, FA20 - DLR
None
AMIRIDIS Vassilis History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
DoGMA
Scientific project
Evaluating Dust forecasting over the eastern Mediterranean Area
TA-021. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurement
DLR, FA20 - DLR
None
NICKOVIC Slobodan History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
PIANO-A
Scientific project
Penetration and Interruption of Alpine Foehn: Aircraft Measurements
TA-021. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurement
DLR, C 208 - DLR
None
GOHM Alexander History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
RS4forestEBV-B
Scientific project
Airborne remote sensing for monitoring essential biodiversity variables in forest ecosystems-B
TA-013. Proposals for training courses in hyperspectral imaging applications or in-situ sampling
DLR, C 208 - DLR
None
SKIDMORE Andrew History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
MOSTRA
Scientific project
Mediterranean Ozone Study with Transnational Research Aircraft
TA-015. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurements.
FAAM, BAe146 - FAAM
None
DI CARLO Piero History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
COOLAPEX
Scientific project
Towards assessment of water quality of the Curonian Lagoon using hyperspectral APEX sensor: optical water properties, phytoplankton and macrophytes
TA-014. Airborne imaging for environmental science applications.
DLR, DO228-101 - DLR
APEX
VAICIUTE Diana History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
OLACTA-2
Scientific project
Observing the Low-level Atmospheric Circulation in Tropical Atlantic
TA-015. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurements.
SAFIRE, ATR42 - SAFIRE
None
ROSENBERG Phil History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
ALLDUST-SA
Scientific project
The Etosha Pan as an Alluvial Dust Source - A Sub-basin Analysis
TA-011. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurements.
SAFIRE, FA20 - SAFIRE
None
FEUERSTEIN Stefanie History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
EriSMA
Scientific project
investigating the Effects of Satellite assimilation of dust in NMM-DREAM Model over SW Africa
TA-011. Applications of atmospheric in-situ measurements.
SAFIRE, FA20 - SAFIRE
None
AMIRIDIS Vassilis History / Evaluation Confirmed Join
None
None
NEAREX
Scientific project
Norwegian Mesoscale Ensemble and Atmospheric River Experiment (NEAREX)
Subsynoptic structure of Atmospheric Rivers and their impact on ensemble initialisation and forecasting of heavy precipitation events in Norway.
SAFIRE, FA20 - SAFIRE
None
MOORE Richard History / Evaluation Confirmed Join

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