The 4th IFAR Summit 2013 was held in Moscow, from 24 to 28 August 2013, during the occasion of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS).  Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) hosted senior level representatives from 22 of the IFAR participating organizations.  Under the main theme of the summit and the accompanying events, ”Future of Aviation,“ the members evaluated the progress of IFAR work and decided on their future activities. A new web-based communication and database platform, IFARlink (www.ifarlink.aero), has been established for exclusive use by IFAR members.  It will support the exchange of information and further improvement of IFAR technology databases. IFAR initiated the inaugural conference of young researchers from 25-26 August.  Participants from six IFAR member countries exchanged their views on the social and scientific aspects of careers in the field of aeronautics research.

On the occasion of the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2012 in Nagoya the 3rd IFAR Summit 2012 was held in Nagoya on 13 and 14 October 2012. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, invited and hosted the high level representatives of the IFAR members. Now IFAR connects 23 government aviation research institutions with about 34 000 researchers in aviation. The IFAR Members intensified the discussions on the common IFAR focus areas. A Steering Committee for technical and organisational matters supporting the activities between Summits was established. For improving public relations and communication activities inside the IFAR institutions a new web-based networking initiative IFARlink among IFAR members will be established. Also it will be used to support the IFAR initiative on exchange on education and promotion of young IFAR scientists and engineers. The summit was preceded by the “JAXA Aeronautics Symposium in Nagoya” on 12 October with about 250 participants from industry, government, research organizations and the general public.

In 2011, the 2nd IFAR Summit was held in Paris. The number of IFAR members increased to 21. The participants agreed to an initial endorsement of the IFAR Charter. They presented their national visions and objectives for aeronautics and agreed to derive a common vision and objectives relevant for IFAR. The participants exchanged also views on the global challenges and the technological solutions to the topics related to climate impact and noise. Beyond scientific and technical activities the participants underlined the need in exchange on education and promotion of young scientists and engineers. The von Karman Institute is working on a proposal.

The second time, in 2010, 16 international aeronautical research organisations met and founded the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) in order to take up work on possible research contributions to the climate and environmental challenges faced by the air transport community and with a view to also address further global aeronautical challenges such as noise, security, safety and efficient operations. As air transport faces constantly increasing demands on a global level, topics of further development appear to be core areas of aeronautical research.
The Forth Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stirred an intensive public debate on future aeronautical research challenges and policies. As a response, in 2008 key leaders of 12 international aeronautical research organisations met in Berlin to address challenges to future Air Transport in the context of climate change. The participants welcomed the Berlin Summit as a unique international forum to enhance discussion of the challenges in aeronautical research.