Investments in aviation research infrastructures and the associated costs of maintenance are reaching levels that soon may become not easy to cover by individual organisation and countries. A harmonised approach to maintaining, operating and investing in key aviation research infrastructures is thus necessary.


RINGO is a Coordination and Support Action providing a cohesive and coordinated approach for the identification and assessment of the aviation research infrastructures needed in Europe. It aims at:

  • Identifying needs for aviation research infrastructures according to FlightPath 2050 goals and challenges at European level.
  • Building a catalogue of existing aviation research infrastructures in Europe.
  • Identifying gaps (needed aviation research infrastructures currently not existing) and overlaps among existing aviation research infrastructures by matching the identified needs with the catalogue.
  • Proposing sustainable and innovative operating business models for large aviation research infrastructure.

Flightpath 2050 provides Europe with a vision for aviation and air transportation, identifying long-term goals for policy makers and the research community alike.
Read more on FlightPath2050.

ACARE developed the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), a roadmap providing guidance on what is required, when and how to move towards the vision provided by FlightPath 2050.
Read more about the SRIA.

Research Infrastructures are facilities, resources and related services used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their fields. The definition covers different kinds of entities of a unique nature essential to achieve excellence in research.[Source: EC]


RINGO involves an advisory group of experts from key stakeholders in the European aviation community.
Workshops, interviews and surveys involving the advisory group are organised to assess and investigate relevant FlightPath 2050 topics within the RINGO study.


September 2018 – Research Infrastructures Landscape

Catalogue of aviation research infrastructures available in research establishments, universities and industrial sites in Europe.

November 2019 – Report on needs for future Research Infrastructures, gaps and overlaps

Report on aviation research infrastructures needed to reach Flighpath 2050 goals, including overlaps among existing aviation research infrastructures and gaps of infrastructures not yet available.

January 2020 – Report on funding resources

Report on sustainable funding plans for maintaining, operating and investing in key aviation research infrastructures in Europe.

February 2020 – Report on successful business models

Report on different applicable business models and strategies for sustainable operation of key aviation research infrastructures.


RINGO is organised in 7 work packages. Each work package is structured in such a way as to facilitate the interaction with ACARE and with other relevant stakeholders.