FROM NETWORK TO ASSOCIATION
For over 5 years ECATS has been a European Network of Excellence for research into the impact of air transport on the environment. ECATS is the acronym for Environmentally Compatible Air Transport System.
The high-level aim of ECATS is to help making aviation sustainable and thus foster the European Unionâ€™s overall environmental goals for aeronautics. With initial funding from the European Commission, ECATS’ role from the beginning has been to create and coordinate the work of a closely-knit network of experts across the continent. The network has impressive resources at its disposal for research into aviation and the environment.
As a scientifically sound and internationally competitive research structure, it is ideally qualified to achieve its objective. By providing in-depth integration of the expertise available across Europe, ECATS also greatly improves the competitiveness of the European aeronautics community.
After 5 years of joint research and exploring closer collaboration, the ECATS Network of Excellence has now been transformed into the ECATS International Association, officially registered as of 2 November 2010 by [Royal Decree] of Belgium.