Civil/military workshop on System Wide Information Management (SWIM) strengthens synergies benefitting European air traffic modernisation


On Tuesday, October 24th, the Swedish Air Force and the Swedish civil Air Navigation Service Provider (LFV) hosted a workshop addressing System Wide Information Management (SWIM) . As described in the SESAR Deployment Programme and once fully deployed, SWIM heavily decreases the complexity of information exchanges between all providers and users of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services.

The event, which took place in Stockholm, gathered experts from the European Defence Agency (EDA), SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), LFV, the Swedish military and EUROCONTROL.

During the workshop, SWIM was discussed seeking a continuous enhanced interoperability between civil and military for the provision of air navigation services. The discussion also addressed the recently published 2023 CEF2 Transport Call launched by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) which covers several ATM modernisation topics, including SWIM and for which interested stakeholders can still submit project proposals under the coordination of SESAR Deployment Manager.

SWIM implementation in Europe enables efficient and sustainable ATM digitalisation and trajectory based operations (TBO). It is linked to the European technological Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme and to the European Commission’s Single European Sky (SES) initiative whose aim is to harmonize airspace management in the European Union, increasing air traffic safety and efficiency while also reducing delays and optimizing airspace capacity.

Once implemented, as mandated by EU Regulation 2021/116 Common Project 1, SWIM will, amongst other benefits, allow a more efficient exchange of aeronautical, weather, flight and flow information between all involved stakeholders. The data exchanges will enable digitalization, optimisation, automation and interoperability.

This workshop among air navigation service experts from national and European institutions also allowed to further strengthen the existing synergies aiming at optimizing the European ATM network, its infrastructure and services, also in support to general air traffic.