Michael Standar, Chief Strategies and International Relations will focus on the importance of R&D towards implementation, in particular the close relationship with standards and regulatory developments.
About SESAR Joint Undertaking
Contrary to the United States, Europe does not have a single sky, one in which air navigation is managed at the European level. Furthermore, European airspace is among the busiest in the world with over 33,000 flights on busy days and high airport density. This makes air traffic control even more complex.
The EU Single European Sky is an ambitious initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 to reform the architecture of European air traffic management. It proposes a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than a local level.
The Single European Sky is the only way to provide a uniform and high level of safety and efficiency over Europe’s skies.
The key objectives are to
- Restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows
- Create additional capacity; and
- Increase the overall efficiency of the air traffic management system
The major elements of this new institutional and organisational framework for Air Traffic Management in Europe consist of:
- Separating regulatory activities from service provision, and the possibility of cross-border Air Traffic Management services.
- Reorganising European airspace that is no longer constrained by national borders.
- Setting common rules and standards, covering a wide range of issues, such as flight data exchanges and telecommunications.
As part of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) represents its technological dimension. It will help create a “paradigm shift”, supported by state-of-the-art and innovative technology.
The SESAR programme will give Europe a high-performance air traffic control infrastructure which will enable the safe and environmentally friendly development of air transport.
A partnership programme
SESAR aims to eliminate the fragmented approach to European ATM, transform the ATM system, synchronise all stakeholders and federate resources. For the first time, all aviation players are involved in the definition, development and deployment of a pan-European modernisation project.
SESAR aims at developing the new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years. It is composed of three phases:
- The Definition phase (2004-2008) delivered the ATM master plan defining the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems. This definition phase was led by Eurocontrol, and co-funded by the European Commission under the Trans European Network- Transport programme and executed by a large consortium of all air transport stakeholders.
- The Development phase (2008-2013) will produce the required new generation of technological systems, components and operational procedures as defined in the SESAR ATM Master Plan and Work Programme.
- The Deployment phase (2014-2020) will see the large scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure, composed of fully harmonised and interoperable components guaranteeing high performance air transport activities in Europe.
The SESAR Joint Undertaking
Taking into account the number of actors involved in SESAR and the financial resources and technical expertise needed, it was vital for the rationalisation of activities to set up a legal entity pursuant to Article 171 of the Treaty establishing the European Community capable of ensuring the management of the funds assigned to the SESAR project during its Development Phase.
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