FAVIT main objective is to deliver a set of knowledge-based proposals for the improvement of aerospace standards and guidelines for the system suppliers and aircraft manufacturers. FAVIT will analyze the current aerospace standards and guidelines to identify how the design and verification processes can be enhanced to accelerate the processes using the state-of-the-art technologies based in virtual testing.

The provision of integrated modelling, simulation, and optimization tools to effectively support all stages of aircraft design remains a critical challenge in the Aerospace industry. A new generation of highly efficient aircraft characterized by new levels of comfort, system integration and optimized aerodynamics are expected by the consumers. These expectations are resulting in new and optimized methodologies, tools and processes that require enhanced verification and validation processes for the next generation of aircraft systems.

A project called “Modelling and Simulation Tools for Systems Integration on Aircraft (MISSION)”, developed under the Clean Sky 2 Program, aims to develop and demonstrate an integrated modelling, simulation, design and optimization framework incorporating Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) principles oriented to the Aerospace industry. Within MISSION project, there is a specific Work package focused on the investigation of benefits of virtual testing methods with regard to certifiability. FAVIT project will identify gaps in standards and will define guidelines for the optimization of the benefits of virtual testing methods, including demonstrators, for aerospace applications.

Therefore, the aircraft certification process needs to be adapted to support new safety tools and ease the introduction of safety enhancements for the new systems. To achieve this, FAVIT will tackle the following operative objectives:

  • O1. To analyse the existing European certification and standards used at aircraft certification: study of the guidelines provided by the standardization groups and certification authorities for certification of new generation aircrafts will be done.
  • O2. To analyse the current state-of-the-art of virtual testing methods and the challenges related to verification process.
  • O3. To contact with the main actors in the aeronautical sector to analyse the methods used currently and how the new technologies can improve the certification process.
  • O4. To develop a methodology and a guide for best practices for virtual testing oriented to enhance certification process for system suppliers and aircraft manufacturers.
  • O5. To inform certification authorities, research centres and air transport stakeholders about the proposed enhancements for aerospace standards regarding virtual testing and generate a proposal for enhancement of aerospace standards.

Besides, FAVIT project has set the following transversal objectives:

  • O6. To contribute for a democratization of the aerospace industry, generating new more safety processes but more accessible to SMEs, using MBSE and virtual testing.
  • O7. To revise the state-of-the-art processes and technologies from other transport sectors (Railway, automotive) to check the potential transferability to the aerospace field.
  • O8. To promote new standards for the future of the modern aircrafts.

The current project will use as background real experiences in Certified Systems developments in aerospace industry and results from previous European projects like:

PROJECT Key words Relevance to FAVIT - Achievements/outputs Alignment with FAVIT
CRYSTAL    Critical Systems, acceleration, aerospace CRYSTAL is focused on critical systems engineering factories. Deployment of model-based systems engineering– development & evolution of the interoperability specification for engineering environments with practical relevance & in a certification context.

FAVIT will promote MBSE advantages in the certification processes. ORBITAL will use its experience in critical systems applied to FAVIT analytic tasks.
MISSION    Modelling, simulation, design optimization Integrated modelling, simulation, design and optimization framework. This framework will support the entire design, development and validation process of current and future aircraft systems and evaluating their impact at aircraft-level.



FAVIT is totally aligned with MISSION project objectives. FAVIT results and best practices will optimise the use of virtual testing methods with significant cost reduction of validation & certification.
ASCOS    Certification, design, safety ASCOS objective is to develop novel certification process adaptations and supporting safety driven design methods and tools to ease the certification of safety enhancement systems and operations, thereby increasing safety. The proposed project will follow a total system approach, dealing with all aviation system elements in an integrated way
over the complete life-cycle.

FAVIT is aligned with ASCOS in the determination of enhancements for the certification processes focused on virtual testing methods.
Focused on Model-based safety assessment for the three stages of refinement of the system development process in ARP4754A

MISSA will be analysed by FAVIT because it uses model- based for safety assessment. MISSA results will feed FAVIT best practices & guidelines.
VIVACE    Value Improvement through a Virtual Aeronautical
Collaborative Enterprise
Aeronautical Collaborative Design Environment & associated Processes, Models & Methods are used to design an aircraft and engines as a whole, providing to the aeronautics supply chain an extended enterprise, virtual products with all requested functionality and components in each phase of the product
engineering life cycle.

VIVACE project demonstrates the advantages of virtual uses in aeronautical industry. FAVIT will go further selecting the most appropriate tools and processes to enhance the certification process of aircraft systems and optimising in time and costs the current system.

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