R&D data archive

A huge archive of real, quality data.

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At EUROCONTROL, we make use of our Europe-wide view of the aviation network to help boost research and development efforts across the sector. Knowing how important accurate and rich data is to any good researcher, we have developed the R&D data archive - where you can help yourself to rich aviation data.

+ 5

years of data


months of data/year

2-3 mln

flights per year

17 mln

flights as of April 2022

Data sources and processing

The data we make available is collected from all commercial flights operating in and over Europe. 

We enrich this data with live data from air navigation service providers' flight data systems, radar and datalink communications among others.

We process this data, ensure that it is accurate and merge additional data sources such as information about the route network at the time.

As a result, the data provided for download in our dashboard represents the best view as used by air traffic management.

Choose your dataset

In our list of datasets, you can find: 

  • a list of flights with key data for each flight;
  • the airspace structure that applied at the time;
  • filed and actual flight trajectory:
    • flight points;
    • sequence of national regions;
    • sequence of airspace blocks;
  • route networks that applied at the time.

Our datasets have a clear and intuitive structure. You can download our guide and a sample dataset below.

Free to download

Downloading the data is simple:

  1. log in to the portal;
  2. select your preferred data set(s);
  3. agree to the terms of use;
  4. download and use.

We provide a guide to help you make sense of the data you just downloaded. We highly recommend that you read it. The document is available on the download page, or below.

A deeper dive

To commemorate the dashboard's launch, we are hosting an introductory session as part of the Engage network's second summer school. 

As part of our webinar, we introduce the dashboard to the summer school participants and showcase its many features.

Access conditions

In order to access the aircraft R&D data archive, users need to first register to OneSky Online, then request access to this specific tool. The archive is open for all R&D use. Please consult the terms of use of the dashboard for more details on where the data can be used.

Request access

To access the aircraft R&D data archive, users should:

  1. Register to OneSky Online
    You can register to OneSky Online in a few minutes and this will allow you to access this and many other EUROCONTROL tools.
  2. Subscribe to the dashboard
    Once you have registered, log in, and click on the 'Manage' button at the bottom right-hand side of your screen. The page which comes up will allow you to manage the tools you are subscribed to. Find the database in the list, click on it, provide a business justification for requesting access and click on 'Subscribe'.
  3. Confirmation
    Your request will be vetted and you will receive confirmation that you can now access the tool. The time this takes depends on the team in charge and the process applied. When you have received confirmation, log in to OneSky Online, click on the tool in your list of services and enjoy.

Register to OneSky Online


If you are experiencing issues with accessing or using the tool, please contact us by using our page's contact form.