The Air CapTech meetings are held two times per year, with a maximum duration of two days. All the information is shared in its Workspace. Prior or right after a CapTech meeting, a workshop might take place. The Workshop’s objectives are to achieve concrete outcomes, such as the preparation of a project or fulfilment of an extraordinary request (topics for calls for proposals, SRA development, technology assessment, etc.)
To become a CapTech Air member (CapTech Governmental Expert - CGE - or CapTech non-Governmental Expert – CnGE), please follow the instructions included in the R&T General site, and be aware that your request will be forwarded to the relevant CapTech National Coordinator (CNC). The approval of the CNC will be needed to become a CGE or CnGE, and also for your participation in a CapTech event.
The activities of the CapTech Air Systems are guided by the Air CapTech Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). Released in 2012, it is intended as a planning instrument that identifies the most urgent technical challenges in the aerospace and defence domain in order to enhance European R&T collaboration over the next 5 to 10 years. The SRA reflects a shared vision among governmental and non-governmental members of the CapTech and expresses the view of the participating Member States, (governmental) laboratories and industrial representatives The objective is to enhance European R&T collaboration by providing a common view for the generation of well-focused R&T projects in the Air Systems domain. The Air CapTech started by identifying a number CDP-related European capability gaps and attempts to prioritise this list in a number of technology areas where a high interest in R&T collaboration is identified. The challenges requiring the most important efforts are the following: Autonomy, Airspace Integration, Propulsion and Power, Communications and Platform performance. The Air CapTech SRA is undergoing revision in 2017. The European Technology Platform ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe) has an SRA that covers the civil and dual use activities, and is complimentary to the Air CapTech SRA.
Based on the SRA, any CapTech member can propose ideas for new activities (projects, workshops, seminars, etc.) at any meeting. The ideas are collected and, if not immediately detailed with clear expression of interest, it is the role of the moderator to persist and revisit what remains to then re-launch or definitively ‘kill’ an idea. The active involvement of non-governmental members in proposing solutions for governmental needs, with a consistent and systematic ground for dialogue can definitely encourage cooperation.