The seventh Airbus Flight Physics Distributed Partnership in R&T symposium (DiPaRT 2016) was held at The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), Bristol, between the 21st and 23rd November 2016. An annual event that sees the Flight Physics UK academic and research community gather together, DiPaRT 2016 is the most successful delivered to date and has impressively grown in popularity. Attended by 163 people, 66 presentations were delivered by 26 different organisations, covering 13 key technical themes over 3 days.
Marking the opening of the event, Marc Fischer, Senior Vice-President of Flight Physics Airbus, delivered an inspiring keynote speech entitled “Flight Physics Overall Aircraft Design beyond Derivatives”, in which he described an ambitious vision aimed at developing key differentiating technologies that will enable the preparation of the foundations for next generation game changing aircraft. An unmissable opportunity for the UK academic and research community, Marc provided insight into the research axis that is of interest to Airbus.
During the course of the event, a series of excellent presentations were delivered by a highly knowledgeable and motivated community who engaged in very enriching discussions. With presenters and delegates fully open to sharing ideas, it was very thought provoking to hear discussions regarding potential future avenues for research activities.
I would like to thank all presenters and delegates for their participation, and made the event such a success. On behalf of Airbus, we look forward to seeing you next year at DiPaRT 2017.
DiPaRT Committee Chair
DiPaRT has been created by Airbus as a mechanism for communicating with, engaging and orchestrating the UK Flight Physics R&T community. The aim is to foster a coherent, well informed and motivated partnership that can help Airbus effectively deliver its strategic vision for a UK capability, supporting design and integration of wings, landing gear and associated systems. Following the establishment of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) this remit acquires a special significance.