SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has made great strides over the last year in advancing the common goal of our stakeholders – modernising and synchronising the airspace in Europe.
To date, 63 air traffic management (ATM) projects ranging from new workflow management systems to enhanced safety nets have been completed.
A further 218 projects are ongoing and more initiatives are in the planning stages, all of which will accommodate in a safe and sustainable way the huge increase in air traffic expected in Europe over the next several decades.
Decisions are also being made to bolster further projects via the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding incentive.
We are on track to reach our target to delivering all projects by 2030, and look forward to the immense benefits to both passengers and the environment.
Travel delays will reduce by approximately 275 million minutes, and around 10,000 km2 of forestry will be saved.
Over the last 12 months, the SDM team has organised seven site visits, giving delegations an opportunity to measure progress, and witness deployment in action. These were for delegations from the EC’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and DG Move (the EC unit dealing with transport).
Delivering to the Directorate General
Around five site visits are organised by SDM each year, with INEA and EC selecting which partners participate in each based on a set of common criteria, combined with feedback from SDM.
Last year, our former Managing Director Massimo Garbini formally delivered the SESAR Deployment Programme edition 2017 proposal for update to the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG Move).
It includes a summary of all future activities along with their scope and timeframe, geographical reach, and information on associated risks and mitigation actions.
The structure of the 2017 edition has been reworked to reflect the high level of maturity achieved after the 2015 and 2016 editions, and consists of five founding chapters designed to remain constant throughout future editions.
“The latest developments in the SES environment – and especially the evolution stemming from the SESAR project – are continuously transforming and reshaping the European ATM infrastructure, its main features, and its operational setting,” said Garbini.
“In this evolving picture, the need for a common stable reference work plan able to consistently steer the PCP Implementation across the years will be complemented with the adequate flexibility needed to ensure a constant alignment with the necessary living PCP and future Common Projects optimum deployment scenario.
“These double requirements led to the definition of the tailored structure of the Deployment Programme to allow stakeholders access to data and information that is most relevant to their area of interest.”
Successful proposals announced by European Commission
The EC’s CEF Coordination Committee has made a decision on which proposals will receive EU financial assistance, following the call for proposals launched in 2016.
The decision foresees an investment of up to 2.7 billion euro in 152 projects, including projects in the Funding Objective 3.3.1, Single European Sky – SESAR.
Of a total investment of EUR634,599,805 in ATM modernisation projects, EUR261,031,311 are funded by the European Union in Cluster 1 and another investment of EUR9,418,871 in Cluster 2 out of which EUR7,973,401 is co-funded. This means a co-funding rate of respectively 41.13 per cent and 84.67 per cent.
From those funds, 266.8 million euro is co-funded for civil ATM modernisation projects and 13.3 million euro for military ones.
SDM, together with SESAR Joint Undertaking, are also busy preparing for the next wave of technology implementation after being mandated by the EC to do so.
Earlier this summer, the EC formally decided to review the status of PCP, the EC regulation governing the synchronised deployment of a first set of SESAR Solutions, in full accordance with SDP.
The Commission has also instructed the SESAR JU to propose content for inclusion in a second Common Project (CP2), from among the 60 plus solutions it has delivered to date.
The two organisations will work closely on their respective mandates to ensure a logical and consistent evolution in the synchronised deployment of SESAR Solutions.
In its review, SDM proposes minimum changes to facilitate swift implementation and potentially earlier, as well as increased performance benefits, all whilst maintaining buy-in through a wide consultation with stakeholders.