Research Projects

All-weather Drone - Research and Development of Capabilities for Multicopter UAS Operation in Severe Weather Conditions


All-weather Drone is a R&D project in which the effects of defined severe weather conditions (rain, snow and in-flight icing) on the operation of multicopters with 25 kg maximum take-off weight and the implications on performance and, hence, safety of flight are investigated. The international and multidisciplinary consortium consists of 10 organizations and is supported by an expert advisory board. As part of the project detection capabilities are developed for flight of multicopters in such weather conditions together with ice protection systems. Regulatory recommendations are derived from the project work to ensure that aviation authorities have a data-based framework in which to assess the risks associated with UAS operations in severe weather conditions. Additionally, market and industry relevant aspects are researched and incorporated into the project work to leverage the outcome.


2021 - 2024, TakeOff 2020, FFG/BMK

JOICE - Joint Austrian In-Flight Icing Research Venture 2020+



The research and development project JOICE ( is the Austrian flagship R&D project in the field of aircraft icing. It's top level objective is to combine and leverage the skills and competencies of the involved organizations in the area of aircraft in-flight icing. The project comprises a wide range of technical activities, e.g. advancement of icing wind tunnel structure, numerical simulation, 3D documentation of ice shapes, development of ice detection and ice protection systems. The consortium consists of 15 project partners and is supported by an international advisory board from leading organizations in the aviation sector. JOICE thereby increases the international visibilty of the Austrian icing community.


2020 - 2023, TakeOff 2019, FFG/BMK

ICE GENESIS - Creating the next generation of 3D simulation means for icing



The research project will provide the European aeronautical industry with a validated new generation of 3D icing engineering tools (numerical simulation tools and upgraded test capabilities), addressing App C, O and snow conditions, for safe, efficient, and cost effective design and certification of future regional, business and large aircraft, rotorcraft and engines. ICE GENESIS will permit weather hazards to be more precisely evaluated and properly mitigated thanks to adapted design or optimized protection through either active or passive means. Furthermore, ICE GENESIS will pave the way for 3D digital tools to be used in the future as acceptable means of compliance by the regulation authorities.


2019 - 2022, Horizon2020, EU


Development of a measurement system for the time-resolved documentation of icing and de-icing processes in aviation



The 4D AIRCRAFT ICING project focuses on the research and development of a highly accurate and time-resolved measurement system for the documentation of icing and de-icing processes in icing wind tunnels. The time-resolved documentation of icing and de-icing processes represents a novelty approach and will significantly contribute to the development and certification of future de-icing systems. Moreover, it will play an important role in the validation of numerical simulation models. This unique project and the therein developed measurement method will enhance the capabilities in the aircraft icing sector.


2019 - 2021, TakeOff 2018, FFG/BMVIT

HIS - Heli Ice Safe

Development of innovative technologies for a complete de-icing system for small and medium-sized helicopters



The goal of the HIS project is the research and development of a complete ice protection system usable for small and medium-sized helicopters by using novel ice protection concepts. Current ice protection systems are only available for large helicopters and cannot be transferred to small and medium-sized helicopters, due to their complexity, weight and energy consumption. The intention of the project HIS is to find new approaches for a reliable, low energy, lightweight and less complex ice protection system, which can be used both as a retrofit system and as an original equipment.


2018 - 2020, TakeOff 2016, FFG/BMVIT