Industry in the pilot seat of SESAR deployment proves to be the right choice


The Air Traffic Management (ATM) landscape is a complex ecosystem.


For this very reason, whether addressing runway safety, passenger security, capacity crunches, or broader regulatory, social, military, or commercial issues, collaboration and partnership have always been central to the broader SESAR mission.


The SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) is the organisation selected by the European Commission to perform the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function until 31st December 2020.


It was established as a “not-for-profit” international association (AISBL) composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace.


SDA members are committed to the principle of the SES and to deploying the technologies that will take to deliver it and create customer and environmental efficiencies.


SDA members are composed of: airspace users grouping; airports, represented by the SDAG EEIG Group of Airports; and air navigation service providers, represented by the ANSP grouping.


The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)’s mission is to synchronise and coordinate the deployment of the Common Projects, under the oversight of the European Commission.


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.


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.


Working closely in consultation with all stakeholders is an important task under the SDM function.


“SDA has played a lead role in facilitating the processes and technologies needed in order to successfully deploy the ATM functionalities,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager.


“Putting industry at the forefront of the SESAR programme has contributed immensely to the success of our programme, and is attracting new stakeholders, helping make the SES vision a reality that is happening all around us today.


“The delivery of a Single European Sky can only happen through a collective approach and consensus, in our case around delivering operational and technological solutions, which is happening thanks to our partnerships through SDA and beyond.”


Benefits to citizens and passengers around Europe as a result of deployment include boosting the economy and improving security, providing better connectivity and mobility, as well as increasing safety, security, and enhancing the passenger experience.


In the long term, deployment will translate into benefits such as increased passenger capacity, a reduction of carbon emissions, and certainty that the Continent’s future as a leader in the global aviation industry will continue.


Warinsko made the statement as the Application “SESAR Deployment Programme implementation – 2017” was submitted earlier this month, in response to the 2017 CEF Transport call for proposals.


The Application integrates a total of 55 PCP related implementation projects (60 IPs when split with multiple co-funding rates) for a potential total investment of EUR592,451,563 (EUR274,618,011.80 of CEF funding) and the involvement of 59 applicants under the coordination of SDM.


Behind this proposal, 59 Applicants under the coordination of SDM,  from 25 states (23 EU Member States and two third countries), including civil air navigation service providers, airspace users, airports operators, meteorological service providers, the Network Manager, the military and the manufacturing industry stand ready to invest in modernising Europe’s ATM system deploying SESAR technologies and operational procedures and thus contributing to achieve the Single European Sky performance objectives.


SESAR deployment has excelled through the fostering of strong public-private partnerships and regional outreach, including with industry stakeholders and other experts, playing a key part in bringing Europe’s vision of the Single European Sky (SES) concept into a reality today.