Piaggio Aerospace is proud to announce the conclusion of the Clean Sky 2 “Small Air Transport” (SAT) framework, which recorded significant advances in the study and maturation of technologies aimed at the reduction of aircraft fuel consumption and maintenance, the improvement of pilot workload safety, and the decrease of community noise and CO2 emissions. The project’s outcomes have also improved the comfort of passengers for small aircraft. 

The Final Review Meeting has taken place at Piaggio Aerospace HQs in Villanova d’Albenga, Italy, on the 19th and 20th of December 2023. The meeting was held in the presence of three Independent Experts, a Joint Undertaking Project Officer and representatives from the SAT co-leader company Evektor, while all the other partners involved in the project were connected remotely. The first day of the meeting provided the Experts and the Joint Undertaking Project Officers with the summary of the final SAT overall results and exploitation plan. The second day of the meeting was dedicated to a visit to Piaggio Aerospace testing labs, where the Joint Undertaking Project Officer and the Experts were shown a simulated flight demonstrating the functionalities and capabilities of the aircraft Iron Bird: the aim was to prove the maturity and integration of both “More electric” and “Fly by wire” technologies. The Smart Wing Health Monitoring for composite wing box (SAT D2 demo) has also been shown, before starting the final static and fatigue testing campaign.

The successful conclusion of the SAT project confirms Piaggio Aerospace’s and its Partners’ commitment to the next generation of greener, safer and more affordable small aircraft.