Flight evolution and upgrade of interfaces with NM stakeholders


Jan. '18CompletedDec. '23

Implementing Partners

Lufthansa Group
Leader: Lufthansa Group


This project aims to complement the work on the new concepts in the Flight domain, performed under IPs # 079AF4 and #082AF5 of the Action 2014-EU-TM-0136-M. It covers topics to be developed by NM after Release 21.0 (March 2017) and includes work of partners to set-up collaborative flight management.

This project has the following scope:

The current period until 2017 will provide an implementation strategy and related user requirements and use case descriptions. These documents will provide a clear description of how it is planned to implement the foreseen flight data evolutions within the European theatre of operations and, in particular, how operations can continue within a mixed mode in terms of both operational procedure/process and technical networks/formats, SWIM, etc.
Initial implementations concentrate on migration to the new format (FIXM, Flight Information Exchange Model) from the current proprietary B2B format and messages developed by NM, effectively migrating the 'EFPL' to the ICAO 'eFPL' (Electronic Flight Plan). In addition, early deployments will focus on the exchange of 4DT with AUs and a limited number of ANSPs. The period from 2017 onwards will focus on developing further the full functionality associated to FF-ICE (Flight & Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment) provisions.
The OAT flight plan will be implemented from 2018 onwards pending satisfactory outcome of the validation activities and the readiness of the military environment data and military flight plan originators. Implementation of the OAT (Operational Air Traffic) FPL in FIXM format is included in the scope, however the provision and, more importantly, the use of military 4DT is not expected within the same period.
In addition, this IP covers the integration of the ATC (Air Traffic Control) Flight plan Proposal (AFP).

This project is an enabler for NSP (Network Strategy Plan) Strategic Objective 5: Facilitate business trajectories and cooperative traffic management. It contributes to the NSP strategic actions: SO 4/2 and SO 5/1.

The objective is to prepare and upgrade the message exchange between the Network Manager (NM) systems and SABRE flight plan filing systems in respect of collaborative flight planning. Focus on implementation of the Extended Flight Plan (EFPL) including the planned 4D trajectory of the flight, as well as, flight performance data. To include ail potential interfaces with the data linked system in order to access to the aircraft flight data and the adaptation of the trajectory prediction sub system to integrate such additional information in SABRE flight planning system.

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Airline
  • CEF Call Year: 2016
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF4 - Network Collaborative Management
  • Sub AF: S-AF 4.2 - Collaborative NOP
  • Progress Percentage: 100%