Current Issues

Single European Sky, SESAR & ATM

The European Airspace is fragmented and will become more and more congested, as traffic is forecast to grow steadily over the next 15 years. The main objective of the Single European Sky (SES) is to dramatically change the European ATM (Air Traffic Management) in the 2020-2025 time-frame. The European Commission and EUROCONTROL, together with airspace users, ANSPs, manufacturers and airports, adopted in 2012 a revision of the first version of the ATM Master Plan which had been adopted back in 2008.

EBAA is successfully assuming its role as a full and active participant in the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), ere it is representing airspace users to make sure the developing requirements under the Single European Sky are affordable and workable, and offer the best opportunities for business aviation. You can read EBAA's Vision for the SESAR 2020 Work Programme here.

EBAA believes that the CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems For Air Traffic Management) paradigm shift needs to be well synchronized among all ATM stakeholders and needs to be based on a positive cost and benefit analysis for BizAv operators. If done according to these prerequisites, SESAR will improve BizAv's its environmental impact, its ATM cost as well as its access to airports and to airspace.

Additionally, EBAA works on the deployment of the new systems and procedures launched by SESAR and that will be mandated to equip our aircraft and the ATM ground infrastructure in the 2014-2023 time-frame.

Airspace Users' Position on SESAR ATM Master Plan 2015 Update

A joint-position by EBAA, AEA, ERA, EHA, ELFAA, IATA, IAOPA, IACA

SESAR has the potential to offer considerable benefits to operators in terms of performance as a pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) and it is essential that it plays a more central role in the future. As such airspace users support the SESAR project and the overall ambition of the Master Plan update but have comments on elements of the Plan that are outlined in this paper.

To read the position paper, click here.

Augmented Approaches to Land

A Project Powered by SESAR Joint Undertaking

The Augmented Approaches to Land project (AAL) aims to demonstrate new approach and landing solutions that will increase the capacity of the European airport network, whilst reducing environmental impact. A 15-company-strong consortium (including Airbus, ANS CR, Dassault Aviation, DFS, DSNA, DLR, EBAA, Elbit Systems, Fraport, Honeywell, Lufthansa, NetJets, Skyguide, Swiss, and Zurich Airport) was formed to implement the project, which is co-financed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Over 200 demonstration flights will be performed by 2016 to validate new approach and landing technologies on a significant number of aircraft types and in an extensive range of airport environments.

AAL aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of several advanced augmented approach procedures at all types of airports, based on five technologies: Curved Required Navigation Performance (RNP) legs; Ground-Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS); Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS); Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS); and Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). The project will pave the way for the uptake of these technologies, needed to overcome limitations of the current Instrument Landing System (ILS) – equipment which is costly to install and maintain, and which does not offer the flexibility to optimise the flight path for fuel efficiency and noise abatement.

Consortium members: