NICETRIP - Novel Innovative Competitive Effective Tilt Rotor Integrated Project: Welcome to the NICETRIP website

NEW - Summer 2013
First NICETRIP Powered Wind Tunnel Tests Successfully Completed
A team of European Industry and academic researchers lead by AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have successfully completed wind tunnel tests of a 1/5th scale model of a tiltwing/tiltrotor aircraft called ERICA (Enhanced Rotorcraft Innovative Concept Achievement) at the DNW-LLF (German-Dutch Wind Tunnels Large Low-speed Facility) wind tunnel in July 2013.... read more.

NICETRIP is a European Collaboration on Tilt-Rotor

All European rotorcraft manufacturers and most of the major European research organisations and universities are working together in a integrated project, partially funded by the European Commission: the NICETRIP project.

NICETRIP specifically addresses the acquisition of new knowledge and technology validation concerning tilt-rotor aircraft. The main project objectives of the project are:

  • To validate the European civil tilt-rotor concept based on the ERICA architecture;
  • To validate critical technologies and systems through the development, integration and testing of components of a tilt-rotor aircraft on full-scale dedicated rigs;
  • To acquire new knowledge on tilt-rotor through the development and testing of several wind tunnel models, including a large-scale full-span powered model;.
  • To investigate and evaluate the introduction of tilt-rotors in the European Air Traffic Management System;
  • To assess the sustainability of the tilt-rotor product with respect to social and environmental issues and to define the path towards a future tilt-rotor flying demonstrator.


Project NICETRIP is fully relevant to the strategic objective "Integration of technologies towards future tilt-rotor aircraft", of the work programme of call 3 of the Thematic Priority Aeronautics and Space.

The organisation and resources proposed to achieve the project objectives include a 54-month work plan made up of seven work packages and a consortium of 30 participants.