About the SESAR Deployment Manager

Modernising Europe’s Air Traffic Management

Why modernise Europe’s Air Traffic Management?

The modernisation of Europe’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) networks is crucial for the sustainability of European aviation and the forecasted increase in air traffic by 2035. The Single European Sky (SES) ATM research project, “SESAR”, is one of the most ambitious modernisation projects launched by the European Union contributing to the implementation of SES.

SESAR’s goal is to define, develop, and deploy the technological solutions needed to increase the performance of Europe’s ATM system, and consists of three main phases:


The European ATM Master Plan is the roadmap for driving the European ATM modernisation programme, managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU). It sets out the necessary steps involved for the identification, the development, the validation and deployment of SESAR Solutions with technologies and operational procedures, linking them to the Single European Sky performance objectives and ensuring global interoperability and consistency with the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan.


The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), established end of 2007, is responsible for research and development required for the modernization of the European ATM system by coordinating and concentrating all relevant efforts in the EU. It is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Union – represented by the European Commission – and Eurocontrol (the founding members) and industrial European ATM stakeholders.


The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), established end 2014, came as the natural sequence of the SJU. Under the oversight of the Policy Level led by the European Commission, it is responsible for the Management Level of the SESAR deployment governance, for the coordination of the implementation of the most essential SESAR operational improvements through the concept of Common Projects. A Common Project is an extraction from the European ATM Master Plan, based on mature SESAR Solutions to be deployed in a synchronized and timely manner across Europe, translated into an European Law. Whilst the European ATM Master Plan is indicative, a Common Project binds the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders.

About SESAR Deployment Manager Function

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 organising 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.

More than six years after the beginning of this deployment phase in 2014, the modernisation of the European ATM systems and infrastructure is an operational reality with 197 projects in operation and over 153 ongoing. More importantly, it is delivering its expected performance benefits to the aviation community, its stakeholders and in turn to European passengers, citizens and economy benefitting the #EUGreenDeal.

On 02/02/2021, the Common Project One or CP1 regulation was published, ensuring a smooth continuation of sustainable Air Traffic Management modernisation and digitalization through SESAR deployment

SESAR Deployment stakeholders

SDM Partners March 2020

About SESAR Deployment Alliance

The SESAR Deployment Alliance

The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is the organization which has been selected by the European Commission to perform the SDM function until 31st May 2022.

Legal setup

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


The SDA is led by Nicolas Warinsko as the General Manager supported by the Management Team. You can find details of SDA managers on the contact page.

The General Manager is appointed by and reports to the Board of Directors, materialising the equal partnership between the 3 groupings of Airspace users, Airports and Air navigation service providers with 2 representatives per grouping.

The General Meeting of Members is the general leading body of the Association. It is composed of representatives from all the Members of the Association and oversees the Board of Directors for the most important aspects of the life of the Association.


The SDA shall:

  • Adopt a passenger centric approach at all times but also take care for needs of cargo, military, business and general aviation in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Pilot Common Project implementing regulation and every subsequent Common Project;

  • Represent the Operational Stakeholders, in particular the Air Navigation Service Providers, the Airspace Users and the Airports Operators, demonstrating the principles of cooperative and collaborative decision-making across its members and beyond, through a European wide operational Stakeholders Consultation Platform and a range of Cooperative Arrangements with other stakeholders;

  • Create the right environment for successful Common Projects implementation by the industry, focused on delivering high levels of customer service and performance through open and transparent interaction with all stakeholders;

  • Raise awareness of and build trust with any stakeholder required to invest and deploy through Common Projects, so that it understands and recognizes the SESAR Deployment Programme elaborated by the Deployment Manager; and

  • Focus on a timely and performance-driven implementation of the Common Projects.

SDA Partners March 2020

Coordinator role

Coordinator role