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Inspired by: FP7 » Risks due to Virtual Simulation of Aircraft Navigation

version: 9 / updated: 2011-03-01
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 7 - Transport (including aeronautics)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

AAT: Ensuring customer satisfaction and safety

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Risks due to Virtual Simulation of Aircraft Navigation


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Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Virtual human models in R&D do not represent real humans. Risks in labs are being underestimated and simulated movements or postures are used for the cockpit design and construction although there is room for misinterpretation.


virtual prototyping, simulation, cockpit design, aircraft navigation, virtual human models, risks


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Virtual human models in R&D do not represent real humans. Risks in labs are being underestimated and simulated movements or postures are used for the cockpit design and construction. Dramatic accidents ensue.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 3: consumers, markets and lifestyles
High risks due to plane crashes lead to a revival of ones own region as the preferred recreation area and travel destination.

Type of event

Unplanned consequence of events/trends/situations (e.g. financial crisis, accidental breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A counter trend/development/situation
(e.g. There is a massive decline in mobile phone usage due to fears of health hazards; Considerations of privacy lead to the banning of video surveillance in public spaces

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
economic filters (business/market interests)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably pervasive way (contagious or transmittable)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Emergence of a new system (e.g. new technologies, new paradigms)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
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Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Technological/Scientific R&D is increasingly based on virtual simulation and virtual prototyping.

Potential impacts (risks & opportunities)

Timeframe options
Risks Opportunities
(within 1 year after the Wild Card manifests)
The increased risks of flying might lead to a growing scepticism in the public towards flying.

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Diseases, health and well-being
Globalization vs. localization
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Transport (including aeronautics)

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Overcoming sub-criticality and systemic failures
To be subcritical means that the effort in a particular field or subfield lacks resources, equipment or a sufficient number of researchers to achieve a desired goal

Relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
R&D on improved and above all realistic virtual model technologies has to be intensified in order to avoid fatal accidents.