Assessing aViation emission Impact on local Air quality at airports: TOwards Regulation

Living well, within the limits of our planet recognises the long-term EU goal to achieve “levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on, and risks to, human health and the environment"

Seventh Environment Action ProgrammeEuropean Union

AVIATOR is devoted to working with industry to better understand the issues, developing new tools and regulation, and linking with the health community, providing unbiased data to society.

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Improved Measurement Systems for Aircraft Engine Emissions

To measure, quantify and characterise airborne pollutant emissions from aircraft engines under parking (with functioning APU), taxiing, approach, take-off and climb-out conditions, with specific reference to total UFPs, NOx, SOx and VOC under different climatic conditions.

Advancing Aircraft Plume and Airport Modelling

To develop understanding of main engine and APU exhaust plume evolution, dispersion, micro-physics and chemistry. To improve the ability of existing dispersion models to describe the impact of aircraft emissions on air quality in and around airports.

Bridging the gap between Aircraft Engine Certification and Local Air Quality (LAQ) Regulation

To establish interdependencies in the air quality causality chain that better link the current engine emission certification methods with local air quality regulation that is designed for health protection.

Protocols and Guidance for Air Quality and Health Impact Assessment

To develop protocols and sampling techniques for the extraction of representative material suitable for in-vitro and in-vivo analysis. To develop detailed guidance for Regulators and Airports on the measurement and modelling of aircraft engine emissions, and its dispersion with specific reference to UFP, VOC and SVOC.

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AVIATOR will adopt a multi-level measurement, modelling and assessment approach to develop an improved description and quantification of relevant aircraft engine emissions, and their impact on air quality in and around airports under different climatic conditions.