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Aviation

Aviation is a key pillar in both the United Kingdom’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.

Aviation

Today, the UK has the largest aviation network in Europe and the third largest in the world, contributing over £22 billion to the UK economy and underpinning more than 350,000 jobs. In line with increasing demand, the sector is growing rapidly and future aviation systems will need to be more efficient, cleaner and smarter.

To achieve these goals and reach industry targets of net-zero we must utilise improvements in whole fleet efficiency, sustainable aviation fuels, air traffic management and novel technologies. These new and sustainable business models will transform the way we live our lives, enabling travel for all and securing a thriving UK aerospace industry.

KTN’s Aviation team connects you with the partners required to accelerate your innovation from idea to solution. Our deep expertise and established networks then help you to position this innovation within the competitive aerospace market, providing guidance and support on appropriate grant competitions and networking opportunities.

We support you in overcoming business challenges with solutions that stretch and inspire beyond areas of expertise you may not have yet considered. As one team working across sectors we provide invaluable industry insight and coverage, embracing new ideas to uncover the best opportunities for you and your ideas.

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Hannah Abson

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Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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DASA market exploration: zero emissions training aircraft

DASA’s market exploration into Zero Emissions Air System aims to investigate net-zero options for the next generation of light flying training aircraft. This is being run on behalf of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and seeks information on the development of relevant technologies and systems that are in development and maturing over the coming four years.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 17/08/2021

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Recorded: 23rd July

Future Flight Café: Transforming flight planning for the future aviation systems of systems

Join us to hear about project Fly2Plan. A consortium of thirteen partners from across multiple sectors and disciplines is working to create a new model aviation data system-of-systems to enable aviation data exchange and allow new entrants in urban air mobility and autonomous operations to participate through plug-and-play. Covering a range of vehicle types, Fly2Plan will enable users to optimise communications, fuel burn and traffic management to create a truly integrated and collaborative aviation. The team is keen to engage with airports, airlines, tech vendors, AAM manufacturers, UTM platform providers, flight planning software providers.

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News

08.07.2021

KTN launches Future Flight landscape map

KTN’s Future Flight Landscape map connects the wide variety of UK sectors and expertise that are fundamental to the third aviation revolution.

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28.07.2021

Accessibility across all transport modes

The Department for Transport has announced a range of initiatives to support and enable confident travel for disabled people, linked to the National Disability Strategy. Disabled passengers will have better accessibility when using transport and a significant say in how they travel and how the future of transport is shaped.  The initiatives are welcomed by KTN’s Transport Team, who are acutely aware of the importance of accessibility across all modes of transport.

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