MEMBERS OF AVIATION INDUSTRY IN EUROPE CALL FOR SESAR DEPLOYMENT MANAGER LIFECYCLE EXTENSION

All 19 members of SESAR Deployment Alliance, representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, sign joint letter expressing their commitment to continue their role in deploying SESAR.

 

Brussels, Belgium, 25thJuly 2018 – SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has received a boost after all 19 members of the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, signed a joint letter developing proposals for optimizing SDM role and calling for an extension of SDA in SDM’s role beyond its current mandate ending in 2020.

 

The letter was signed by all the Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers of the 19 members of the SDA: ACI Europe, Air France, AustroControl, British Airways, Croatia Control, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, DSNA, EasyJet, ENAIRE, ENAV, HungaroControl, IAA, LFV, Lufthansa, NATS, Naviair, PANSA, ROMATSA, and RYANAIR.

 

Jonathan Astill, Chairman of SDA’s Board and Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager of the SDA then delivered the letter to the Director General for Mobility & Transport at the European Commission, Henrik Hololei.

 

The letter expresses the commitment of these 19 members to continue their role as SESAR Deployment Manager in the next Multiannual Financial Framework starting on the 1stJanuary 2021,and speed up the deployment of SESAR by keeping the aviation industry in the cockpit for continuing the modernisationof the European skies.

 

Since its establishment, in December 2014, SDA in the role of SDM has been successful in translating the Pilot Common Project (PCP) Implementing Regulation in the SESAR Deployment Programme, fully supported by the operational stakeholders.

 

This wide buy-in translates in to more than 300 projects deploying SESAR within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) framework under SDM coordination. This represents more than 70% of the PCP implemented or being implemented by 85 civil and military Implementing Partners in 34 States enabled by EUR1.4 billion of private investments and EUR1.1 billion of EU grants. As soon as the European Commission decides on the Call 2017, PCP implementation will rise to 85%.

 

More importantly, SDM and the Implementing Partners have already completed 75 projects for about EUR200million worthof investments which already deliver actual contribution to Europe’s ATM performance in the range of EUR30million worthof benefits just for this year,and more than EUR600million cumulated until 2030.

 

Click here to view the signed letter: Letter to EC signed by all SDA members

Click here for pictures

 

About SESAR Deployment Manager

 

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects. A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement. To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

 

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies. SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 300 Air Traffic Management modernization projects of which 75 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.

 

 

DLS CAPACITY STUDY – Paris Lodron University of Salzburg selected as partner

In October 2016, the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) was mandated by the EC to act as the DLS implementation project manager. In this role, the SDM developed “a DLS Recovery plan” defining all the concrete and relevant activities required to be undertaken in the ground and airborne domains to achieve, in the right sequence, a synchronized DLS deployment in Europe.

As a result of an open call for tender launched on 4 May 2018, the SDM has selected Paris Lodron University of Salzburg to provide an update of the VDL Mode 2 Capacity and Performance Analysis performed by SESAR Joint Undertaking. Paris Lodron University of Salzburg will therefore assess for what period the current proposed data link technical evolution model will provide adequate capacity to support forecast aviation growth. The study should be conducted and the results delivered within the next 8 months.

 

Visit to Portuguese Air Navigation Service Provider (NAV Portugal) modernization projects shows SESAR deployment in Portugal

Several projects falling under the funding framework of “Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport” were selected by INEA – the European Commission’s (EC) Innovation and Networks Executive Agency – and EC DG MOVE for an official visit on 22 June in Lisbon hosted by NAV Portugal (the Portuguese air navigation service provider and implementing partner for some of these modernization projects) and in close cooperation with the SESAR Deployment Manager. During the visit, NAV Portugal and TAP Air Portugal (the national Portuguese airline) demonstrated the value of their projects in terms of activities and results relating them to the broader context of SESAR deployment in Europe.

 

The delegation met NAV and TAP at NAV Lisbon ACC in Lisbon, to witness the achievements of the selected projects. For NAV: 2015_138_AF5: 5.3.1 NAV Portugal – Implementation of a solution for electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data management; 2016_161_AF6 (ground): DLS Implementation Project – Path 1 “Ground” stakeholders. And for TAP: 2016_069_AF2 (air and ground): Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) bundled application for TAP Air Portugal; 2016_061_AF6 (air and ground): Deployment of ATN B1 capability within TAP Group.

 

Next to receiving a full overview of NAV and TAP’s involvement in CEF co-funded projects, the delegation visited the Lisbon ACC Operation Room and Lisbon Airport Control Tower. This real-time showcase gave a good overview and understanding of the impact of these modernizations deployed under SESAR coordination. It also brought additional insights to the local challenges (e.g. the impact of the strong traffic growth above forecasts) faced in Portugal.

 

The visit was the occasion to visualize Pilot Common Project (PCP) concepts in progress and underlying technologies, their synchronized deployment, performance improvement for the network, multiple stakeholder’s involvement and more in general NAV’s and TAP’s participation in the CEF funding framework.

 

The significant financial support awarded by the European Commission towards the deployment of new concepts and technologies through INEA (Connecting Europe Facility) is a key instrument for the European Air Traffic Management sector: by doing so, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airlines, Airports and Industry work together with joint cooperative efforts to deliver common values, standards and products for an integrated air transport sector at European level.

 

Mr. Francisco GilAdministration Board Member NAV Portugal stated during his welcome keynote that NAV Portugal is keen to enhance the service to our clients in the path of previous developments (e.g. Full free route, CDM at Lisbon Airport) and in the IATA Winter of 2019/2020 a new Lisbon ACC ATM System fully SESAR compliant.

 

Dirk Beckers, INEA’s Directorsaid:

“On-site visits to Implementing Partners are a very good opportunity for INEA to see the achievements of the implementation of CEF funded projects. This visit enabled INEA to witness the progress of several NAV Portugal and TAP Portugal projects, in particular related to the implementation of datalink services. Furthermore, discussing the challenges faced at local level, such as the increase of air traffic, showcases the importance of the modernisation and harmonisation of the European ATM network.”

 

Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager SESAR Deployment Manager stated:“SESAR Deployment Manager is happy to be able to facilitate these visits where SESAR deployment is showcased. They bring clear and tangible proof that SESAR is delivering and are crucial to assess the actual realizations on site. Today we have 72 fully completed projects bringing concrete benefits to EU passengers.”

 

This was the eleventh visit since the start of these visits in March 2016. All implementing partner visits aim to recognize the concrete results from a timely and successful implementation of the Pilot Common Project – six essential Air Traffic Management functionalities co-financed by the EC to facilitate a comprehensive and synchronized deployment.

 

Click here to view the pictures of the visit.

 

SESAR Deployment Manager and European Space Agency sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Brussels, Belgium,Thursday, 19thJune 2018 –SESAR Deployment Manager and the European Space Agency (ESA) have today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) marking the start of the collaboration between both organisations.

The MoC will see both organisationscoordinate overthe deployment of the satellite-based communication system (Iris) and SESAR Deployment in Europe.

A special focus of the cooperation will be on the use of satellite and Iris as a complementary datalink air-ground communication technology.

Iris is currently undergoing flight trials which are meeting their technical objectives. This demonstrates that ESA is on track for Iris to deliver an initial service in 2020 as a result of the current contract in place.

Signing the Memorandum of Cooperation sets out the basis for efficient cooperation between SESAR Deployment Manager and ESA as both organisations address their respective responsibilities on the deployment of SESAR and the satellite-based communication system that helps to enable it.

This is an important cooperation, addressing key parts of the short, medium,and long-term development of the Single European Sky. As such it will bring profound benefits for European citizens, industry and Member States for decades to come.

Both directors concluded to be looking forward to a long and fruitful cooperation.

Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESAsaid:“It is hard to overstate the impact this new application of satellite technology will have on modern air travel. We have been working on the Iris programme with our industrial partners for several years, and are happy to now be moving forward into the next project stages, enlarging our cooperations to include,SESAR Deployment Manager, with the shared aim of improving both the European economy and the lives of European citizens in a very tangible way.”

Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager SESAR Deployment Managersaid:“This is another important MoC the SESAR Deployment Manager is concluding as part of an ongoing strategy to involve all key stakeholders in the deployment of SESAR, making sure we can timely deliver Air Traffic Management Modernization in Europe. I am very proud that ESA is joining today, giving a strong signal of their commitment in delivering the Single European Sky together and supporting SESAR Deployment Manager in its role as Data Link Service implementation project manager.”

 

 

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.

Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int

 

About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects. A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement. To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

 

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies. SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 300 Air Traffic Management modernization projects of which 74 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.

 

www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu

 

Press contacts

 

SESAR Deployment Manager:

Cliff Van Craen

cliff.van.craen@sesardeploymentmanager.eu

+32 478 81 81 71

 

European Space Agency:

Antonio Garutti

antonio.garutti@esa.int