The 8th IFAR Summit was held at the invitation of CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.
On the occasion of the seventh annual IFAR Summit, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) hosted 46 participants from 18 member organizations at Lotte City Hotel, located in Daejeon, South Korea from 27 to 29 September 2016.
IFAR Chair Fumikazu Itoh of JAXA welcomed the participants and thanked KARI for hosting the summit.
On September 29th, IFAR took part in the 30th ICAS Congress by giving a presentation on air traffic management (ATM) related global challenges and provided a status of IFAR’s ATM Working Group activities.
After the presentations, Joachim Szodruch, founder of IFAR, facilitated the announcement of the first-ever ICAS-IFAR Award winner. The ICAS-IFAR Award, a certificate and a plaque sponsored by JAXA, was handed over by Dr. Itoh and ICAS President, Christian Mari to the 2016 award winner William Leser (NASA).
Eleven young researchers from nine member organizations participated in the YRC 2016, which was organized in parallel to the summit and hosted by KARI.
18 young researchers from six IFAR member countries participated in the 3rd “Young Researchers Conference” from 4 – 9 October, 2015, to exchange views on aviation's game changing technologies of the future. Young IFAR Researchers reported to the Summit and to the public via internet the results of their discussions. The Summit principals welcomed their presentation and the lively discussions that took place, recommended a target oriented integration of young IFAR researchers in the IFAR activities, and endorsed the continuation of IFAR Young Researchers Conference.
On the occasion of the 6th annual IFAR Summit, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States hosted 21 member organizations at Ames Research Center, which is located in Moffett Field in California from 6 to 8 October 2015. In addition to discussing its technical collaborative activities, IFAR’s sustainability, and IFAR’s strategic plan, the Summit also included an industry tour of Google’s Project Wing drone-delivery program and a tour of Ames Research Center (ARC).The Summit noted the positive relationship that has been developed between IFAR and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS). Specifically, the well-established cooperation with ICAS is demonstrated through a guaranteed IFAR Plenary lecture at each ICAS Congress.
The 5th IFAR Summit 2014 was held in Zhuhai from 8 to 12 November, 2014, during the occasion of the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China). The Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) hosted senior level representatives from IFAR participating organizations. During the Summit, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa, and the Centre for Excellence and Innovation in the Automotive Industry (CEIIA) of Portugal were accepted as new members bringing the total number of participating nations to 26. During the Summit, IFAR members discussed their technical collaboration in several areas of importance to the global civil aviation community, including the impact of aviation on the environment, alternative fuels for aviation, global approach to air traffic management research, supersonic aircraft, and wind tunnel testing. The Summit highlighted the results achieved by the alternative aviation fuels working group and prospects for future mutually beneficial collaborative work in the areas of noise and the reducing the adverse impact of weather.
IFAR members participated in and supported actively the 7th China International Aviation & Aerospace Forum.