In the area there are some smaller airports, which normally don`t have regular air lines. These airports are not sufficiently equipped and don`t have the needed infrastructure to provide long scale fluctuation of people and goods. Since air transport is the fastest and safest, we cannot imagine life without this subsystem today. It connects remote and inaccessible areas, allows the development of sites in the vicinity of airports, offering well-paid jobs and is most economical way of transport of specific cargoes. Specific objective of the project activities is to improve conditions for the operation of small airports and their successful integration into the protection and rescue system of individual countries and the international community.

The overall objective of the project “CAN” is to modernize and to improve of small airports facilities and to establish better conditions for providing Search and Rescue measures and better performing Air Safety and Security measures. Natural disasters are a very frequent in IPA area with big material consequences and human casualties. In the first moments after the disaster is very important timely and rapid response of SAR units. Smaller airports, which are usually near towns, play an important role in the installation and operation of SAR aircraft, transport of food and equipment, also in these areas may be placed the affected population. The project will enhances the capacity of airports in the SAR system by investments realized and trainings performed. SAR units in partner countries operate under different conditions and are very differently equipped and trained. Each country has a different law in this area, making them difficult to participate in major emergencies and rescue operations. Joint use of SAR units and cooperation is limited mainly due to incompatibility of procedures and equipment. Experience shows that such cooperation is possible only to a smaller extent for several reasons – language differences, difficulties in international cooperation (lack of mutual agreement, the involvement of military forces in rescue actions,…).

Recreational and sport aviation is one of the big sources of qualified aviation staff for airlines and supporting services. Many of the trainee pilots and engineers, after building the number of their hours in the air or in the hangar, subsequently move to work in the airline industry. Aeroclubs and air sports organisations promote individual’s qualities, technical knowledge and aeronautical skills – especially amongst the young citizens of the European Union, raising their interest in the highly demanding and motivating air sports and future careers in commercial aviation or aeronautical research and development. Sport aviation is incubator for skilled technical personnel for other types of aviation and other business activities.

Smaller sports airports often face difficulties in coordinating use of airspace by the various air users – profiles of sports aviation (commercial aviation, parachuting) and also civil, military and police air traffic. Despite technological developments, general and business aviation has an impact on the environment, and, like the wider airline industry or any other means of transport, it must seek to minimise these impacts. General and business aviation offers flexible transportation for individuals, enterprises and local communities, increasing mobility of people, productivity of enterprises and regional cohesion. It provides high value services to the general public, including environmental surveillance, fire-fighting, map charting and emergency medical transportation.

In order to achieve project goals, airports that will provide services for business and tourist flights, must be properly equipped in order to provide safe landings and relevant services. This investment will be used by the pilots and passengers from all countries around the Adriatic Sea and rest of Europe. The investment will influence cross border activities not only in aviation sector but in all business sectors, primarily tourism. With the project results and by prepared suggestions we will influence on preparation of new and amend existing regulations that will positively affect air safety in the context of sport aviation and in general. There is great interest of countries which are not EU members, to adapt the existing aviation legislation and operational regulations applicable in the EU, as soon as possible.

Air sports may be viewed as a high-risk sports and, as with all forms of aviation, accidents are inevitable. An analysis of aviation accidents, where different actors in air traffic was involved, shows that the largest cause of these accidents is human factor. Therefore, the training of participants in air traffic, risk management and coordination between all participants is crucial to reduce the number of accidents. On the basis of the findings a proposal for the unification of the minimum equipment that would allow cooperation and coordination of SAR units in cross-border SAR actions and tasks. The activity will include experts from all partner countries. Investment will be conducted to build up major facilities and purchase of equipment that would be used to improve equipment in Search and Rescue actions and survey of natural disasters.

Partners will, according to the level of development of each individual airport, carry out activities on preparation of technical documentation, construction works and purchases of equipment.