This was World ATM Congress 2019

Key messages on SESAR deployment delivered at World ATM Congress 2019

Day 1 Tuesday 12 March 2019

Europe For Aviation theatre

11:45 – 13:25 Data Link Services Recovery Plan – implementation and next steps

13:25 – 13:45 SES Shared Services Alliance governing the SES Digital Backbone

16:30 – 17:20 Single European Sky Awards: and the winners are…


FABEC OPS theatre

10:10 – 11:25 Automatic Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Implementation Plan

11:40 – 12:45 (facts & figures) SESAR is delivering!

Day 2 Wednesday 13 March 2019

Europe For Aviation theatre

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Towards global interoperability (panel session)
  • 13:30 – 14:15 Panel debate on civil-military collaboration (panel session)
  • 16:45 – 17:30 (high-level session) SESAR is delivering!

Day 3 Thursday 14 March 2019

Europe For Aviation theatre


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SESAR Walking Tours 2019

The walking tours gave visitors an opportunity to meet with experts from the SESAR community and see first-hand the wide variety of solutions that are being delivered and deployed across Europe. This year again, the SESAR walking tours were a great success as all tours were sold out!

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About World ATM Congress 2019

The seventh annual World ATM Congress, held at Feria de Madrid, concluded on Thursday, 14 March. The world’s largest air traffic management (ATM) event attracted a record-breaking 9,573 registrants and 253 exhibitors from 135 countries and territories.

Pedro Saura García, Spain’s Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing and ENAIRe President, opened the three-day Congress. The World ATM Congress Conference Programme featured keynote speakers Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, Sara De La Rosa, Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG), and Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft.

Addressing the theme “Tackling the Big Issues in ATM – Capacity, UTM Integration, People,” speakers and panelists explored solutions to the challenges of capacity constraints, drones, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) and the services that drone operators require, and how ATM can best diversify through increased employment of women and millennials.

The Exhibition Hall featured 253 exhibitors from around the world. In total, six theatres hosted 251 sessions and over 125 hours of programming. More than 200 leading aviation experts from industry, government, labour, and educational institutions participated in presentations, panel discussions, technical briefings, and product demonstrations and launches. There was a special focus on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as space-based surveillance and aviation cybersecurity. Government and ANSP officials also discussed policy and regulation.

Several co-located events took place during World ATM Congress 2019, including the Jane’s ATC Awards and the Single European Sky awards, honouring the contributions of individuals and organisations towards enhancing efficiency and improving the safety of airspace.

World ATM Congress is produced by the industry for the industry, and brings together governments, industry, academia, and frontline users from across the world, all with the aim of enhancing the efficiency and improving the safety of airspace.

World ATM Congress is a Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) partnership with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), with support from platinum sponsors Boeing, Indra, Leonardo, and Thales. World ATM Congress will reconvene 10 – 12 March 2020.


SESAR Deployment Alliance – initial statement on ”Wise Persons Group” report

DG MOVE established a “Wise Persons Group” on the future of Single European Sky (SES) to, produce recommendations for the direction that European Air Traffic Management should take, in order to deliver better performance and better services. On 15 April 2019, the group has delivered its report to the European Commissioner for Transport and Mobility. The report can be viewed here.

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is currently analyzing the report as it includes some recommendations that could impact SDA’s model and operations in the mid and long terms.

The SDA will share its analysis and proposed way forward in May 2019, after coordination with its members.

Delivery of the Wise Persons Group report to the European Commission on 15/04/2019.


About the SESAR Deployment Alliance

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is the organization which has been selected by the European Commission on 5 December 2014 as a result of an open call for proposals to perform the SESAR Deployment Manager function and be the coordinator for the implementation projects related to the Pilot Common Project (PCP).

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.

The SDA is composed of:

 Airspace users grouping

– Airports, represented by the SDAG EEIG Group of Airports

– Air navigation service providers, represented by the ANSP grouping



About the SESAR Deployment Manager function

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.



New member management team SESAR Deployment Manager

As from May 2019, Marcel Sobottka will join  the SESAR Deployment Manager management team as Chief Finance, Partnerships Management and Corporate Services.

Marcel Sobottka: “It is a great pleasure and honor to take on the position as Chief Finance, Partnerships Management and Corporate Services as from May this year. I look forward to moving SESAR Deployment forward and I intend to put a strong focus on working closely with all partners in SESAR Deployment. In my new position, I will emphasis the strong industry for industry partnership of operational stakeholders coming together and constituting the successful SESAR Deployment Alliance entailing airliners, airports and air navigation service providers. With over 100 implementation projects already completed and over 300 projects secured in the Deployment pipeline, I will develop the partnership consisting of all investing operational stakeholders coming together to modernize European ATM further. Building on this successful partnership and transitioning towards a Single European Airspace System enabling seamless operations, the SESAR Deployment Alliance and its investing operational stakeholders are best fitted and positioned to facilitate the implementation coordination of newest SESAR concepts and to do so jointly with another key operational stakeholder, the Network Manager.”


“I’m delighted to welcome Marcel Sobbotka as a member of SDM management team and announce his appointment as Chief Finance, Partnerships Management and Corporate Services. Through his previous position of Head of Funding & Deployment Unit at DFS, Marcel has developed a wide experience of SESAR Deployment framework as well as interacting with SDM. This is a strong background that will enable Marcel to ramp up fast and efficient in his new role with extended accountabilities on finances, the coordination of the framework partnership and all the transversal services required for SDM to run efficiently and provide required support to ATM stakeholders,” says Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager.

The new management team composition as from May 2019 will be (left to right):

Freek De Witte: Head of Stakeholder Relations 
Marcel Sobottka: Chief Finance, Partnerships Management and Corporate Services
Nicolas Warinsko : General Manager
Mariagrazia La Piscopia: Chief Strategy and Programme Management 
Antoine Hotellart: Head of Performance and Financing