PACE Joins CleanSky Green Regional Aircraft Team

Software provider selected to develop design tool for systems architecture definition

Berlin, (PresseBox) - Software provider PACE has been selected by the CleanSky JTI consortium to develop a software tool for the design and analysis of innovative aircraft system architectures in the context of the Green Regional Aircraft program. The tool is to be based on the company’s conceptual aircraft design platform Pacelab APD.

The design tool will support the definition and optimization of avionics and on-board general systems in terms of key criteria such as mass, volume, power demand and cost, while also assessing their impact on the vehicle’s overall weight, energy use and performance. To facilitate the evaluation of alternative architectures, the software tool will incorporate simplified systems models and a detailed data base of conventional system technologies.

By integrating avionics and on-board systems into the aircraft design loop from the very start, the software will help the Green Regional Aircraft team develop an optimized regional airliner design that reduces perceived noise, fuel consumption as well as CO2 and NOx emissions.

The objective of the Green Regional Aircraft program is to validate and demonstrate the technologies best fitting the pollution and noise reduction goals set for regional aircraft entering the market in the 2020s. It is estimated that by then around 50% of all flights will be operated with regional carriers. The Green Regional Aircraft program is led by Finmeccanica company Alenia Aeronautica.

Alessandro Amendola, Alenia Aeronautica’s Head of the CleanSky Unit, explains the committee’s decision: "PACE was invited to join the Green Regional Aircraft program on the strength of its existing conceptual design platform. Pacelab APD provides all the advantages of a mature, field-proven product, yet its high scalability and extensibility gives us every option of shaping it to our task in hand."

"We feel privileged to be part of this unique research initiative. The program will strengthen the European technological leadership in advanced engineering tools and methods and firmly establish our company as a principal supplier of conceptual aircraft design tools," says Alexander Schneegans, co-founder and managing director of PACE.

About CleanSky JTI:
CleanSky is one of the largest European research initiatives ever, with a budget estimated at €1.6 billion over seven years, of which half is contributed by the European Commission in cash and half by the European Aeronautics industry in kind. This public-private partnership will speed up technological breakthroughs to develop passenger aircraft that emit 50% less CO2. More information on CleanSky JTI is available on the Internet at

About Alenia Aeronautica:
Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, is the largest Italian aeronautic player which operates in the design, development and production of commercial and military aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and aerostructures. Through its subsidiaries Alenia Aermacchi and Alenia Aeronavali, Alenia Aeronautica is also active, respectively, in the fields of military trainers; transformation, maintenance and modernization of commercial and military airplanes. Through the joint ventures ATR, SCAC and Superjet International, Alenia Aeronautica is world leader in the field of regional jets. In 2008 the company has reported revenues of €2,530 millions, orders for €2,720 millions and backlog for €8,281 millions. Alenia Aeronautica’s total workforce is of 13,907 resources. More information on Alenia Aeronautica is available on the Internet at

PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology GmbH

PACE, with offices in Germany, France and the U.S., develops knowledge based engineering software aimed at accelerating complex engineering processes.

PACE software solutions help customers in the aerospace, automotive and transportation industries to predict the feasibility, performance and cost of concept alternatives earlier and with more accuracy enabling them to improve the quality of their products.

Customers include Airbus, Air France Industries, ATR, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Bombardier, Embraer, Emirates, ESG, Etihad, Eurocopter, GE, Lufthansa CityLine, Rolls-Royce, Snecma, Sukhoi und Volkswagen.

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