SESAR Deployment Manager - Glossary

The Glossary of the SESAR Deployment Manager aims to provide definitions of specific
ATM-related terms.


  • ADS-B

    Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast is the main technology we use to track aircraft. Automatic: data is sent from the aircraft without pilot intervention; Dependent: it is dependent on the aircraft's navigation system for position information. An aircraft that has a transponder that is ADS-B equipped enables extensive flight details to be sent such as altitude, ground speed, call sign to be transmitted. In some cases additional information, like airspeed, wind, and temperature are sent as well. With our global network of ADS-B receivers we are able to use these transmissions to provide a unique flight tracking service.

  • ANSP

    An Air Navigation Service Provider is an organisation that provides navigation services to aircrafts in the airspace or in the manoeuvering area.

  • AO

    An Airport Operator is an independent organisation responsible for the operational management of airports.

  • ATM

    Air Traffic Management encompasses airborne and ground-based functions such as air navigation, surveillance and communication systems, including air traffic services, airspace management and air traffic flow and capacity management throughout all phases of operations.

  • AU

    An Airspace User is an entity operating an aircraft in the manoeuvering area or in the airspace.


  • CA

    A Cooperative Arrangement is an agreement between two or more parties.

    The EC has requested the SDM to establish Cooperative Arrangements with a number of interfaces. The concept is laid down in Regulation (EC) No 409/2013. The SESAR Deployment Manager has furthermore proposed an extension of the concept.

    There are two groups of Cooperative Arrangements:
    • Group 1 (required by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013): SJU, NM, EDA, NSAs and manufacturing industry – target date: Q2 2015.
    • Group 2 (further proposed by SDM to EC, not exhaustive yet): Eurocontrol, PRB, EASA, EUROCAE, professional staff associations, etc. – target date: Q3 2015.

  • CEF

    The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European Level. (source: INEA)

    Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility determines the conditions, methods and procedures for providing Union financial assistance to trans-European networks in order to support projects of common interest in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructures. A single model grant agreement for the three CEF sectors provides consistency, rationalisation and equal treatment.

  • CfP

    A Call for Proposal is an opportunity to obtain a direct financial contribution through grants to support a specific action or project that furthers EU policies. (source: European Commission)


  • DLS

    Data Link Services

  • DP

    The Deployment Programme contains the scope of application of the project set in the Pilot Common Project, aiming to implement SESAR and set up the Deployment Manager.


  • EASA

    EASA is the organisation responsible for civil aviation safety through certification, regulation and standardisation.


    European ATM Standards Coordination Group

  • EC

    The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union.

  • EDA

    The European Defence Agency is the organisation responsible for the military coordination and security of the Member States of the European Union within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.


    The European Single Sky Implementation represents the 3rd level of the European ATM Master Plan supporting its common implementation among EU and national stakeholders.


    The European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment is the organisation responsible for the standardisation of equipments in the European aviation sector, both for airborne and ground systems.


  • FUA

    The Flexible Use of Airspace aims to introduce interoperability between civil and military airspace in order to create a continuum between the two and support airspace availability in an increasingly dense air traffic.


  • GM

    General Manager of the SESAR Deployment Manager


  • IDSG

    Interim Deployment Steering Group

  • INEA

    The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency is the EU body responsible for the implementation of transport-related EU programmes to increase their technical and financial management efficiency.


  • LO

    There are three Liaison Officers in the SDM, for Civil Airspace Users, civil Airport Operators and civil ANSPs. They have a transversal role over all Units of the SDM and provide the entry point for operational stakeholders. The concept of Liaison Officers has been implemented to connect with all stakeholders through trusted channels – talk to someone you know or is in the same business. They shall establish long-term relationships to take the views of the investors on board in the broader SDM work.


  • NM

    Network Manager

  • NOP

    The Network Operations Plan is the global view of the operational Air Traffic Management network as well as the supporting tools aiming to coordinate operational management in the ATM network

  • NSA

    National Safety Authorities are the organisations responsible for the safety of the transport infrastructures at national level.


  • PDP

    The Preliminary Deployment Programme of the SESAR Deployment Manager aims to deliver a strategic vision of PCP implementation, to initialise a project view of the PCP and to pave the way forward for the first full Deployment Programme.

  • PRB

    The Performance Review Body (PRB) is an advisory body to the European Commission. It assists the Commission and national supervisory authorities in the implementation of the performance scheme for air navigation services. (source: DG MOVE)


  • SCP

    The Stakeholders’ Consultation Process (SCP) is for operational stakeholders (or their duly mandated representatives), investing in current or future PCP related implementation projects and future Common Projects. The notion of “operational stakeholders” is defined in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 409/2013 and comprises civil airspace users, civil ANSPs, civil airport operators and the military. The purpose of the SCP is to seek stakeholders’ opinion on SESAR Deployment Manager’s proposals prior to their endorsement by SESAR Deployment Manager’s Supervisory Board and their submission for approval to the European Commission.

  • SDA

    SESAR Deployment Alliance

  • SDIP

    SESAR Deployment & Infrastructure Partnership

  • SDM

    The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) is the entity that synchronises and coordinates the modernisation of Europe’s air traffic management system under the political oversight of the European Commission. The SESAR Deployment Alliance has been appointed by the European Commission to fulfil this role. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, submit to the European Commission for its approval and execute the Deployment Programme, a project view strictly drawn from the Pilot Common Project (PCP) set by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014, as well as any subsequent Common Projects in future regulations. Through the Deployment Programme, the SESAR Deployment Manager will ensure efficient synchronisation and coordination of implementation projects required to implement the PCP, as well as the related investments. The tasks of the Deployment Manager are described in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.


    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 modernization 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.

  • SG

    The Steering Group, chaired by the Managing Director of the SESAR Deployment Manager, is expected to provide opinions on the Deployment Programme. Its members should be able to commit to the content of the Deployment Programme.


  • TS

    The members of the Thematic Sub-Groups of the Stakeholders’ Consultation Platform should be experts.