Marc Ventre named head of the French Civil Aviation Research Council
Safran has been a member of Corac since the outset, and one of its corporate officers, Marc Ventre, is now head of this council.
Corac was created in July 2008 within the scope of the Grenelle environment forum, and groups all French players in the air transport sector: manufacturers, airlines, airports, research centers and public authorities. Its aim is to define and implement research and technological innovation measures to help meet the environmental objectives set by Europe for 2020. "Air traffic is set for strong growth in the next ten to twenty years," says Marc Ventre, "and one of Corac's missions is to coordinate all air transport players to limit the impact of this growth on our environment, in terms of noise and CO2 and NOx emissions."
Corac has already drawn up a technological roadmap for French civil aeronautics research, based on an ambitious research strategy in line with objectives for reducing the environmental footprint of air transport by 2020.
Corac is now proposing a unified program of 17 demonstration platforms designed to accelerate the incorporation of advanced aeronautics technologies. These demonstrators are led by the manufacturers participating in the program, and include the following: composite aircraft (Dassault Aviation), extended modular avionics (Thales), tomorrow's cockpit (Thales – Airbus), integrated environmentally friendly propulsion system with composites (Safran – Airbus), optimized energy management (Airbus – Zodiac), tomorrow's ecological, economic landing gear (Safran – Dassault) and the high-power jet engine (Safran).