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 2015 a revision of the ATM Master Plan.

EBAA is successfully assuming its role as a full and active participant in the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), here 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. EBAA closely monitors the regulatory developments of the technical Single European Sky mandates, such, Communication- Navigation – Surveillance (CNS) and produced several position papers on that regards:

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.

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.

The two-year demonstration project, Augmented Approaches to Land (AAL), won the 2017 Single European Sky Award for Innovation and Technology. The awards were delivered by Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and European Commission Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei, at the World Air Traffic Management Conference and Exhibition, in Madrid. The ceremony took place on 7 March 2017 and was hosted at the SESAR Exchange Theatre.

According to Mr Hololei: "Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) will play an important role in future commercial air transport operations, and this project is blazing a trail in the innovative application of this technology to complement highly precise operations in marginal landing conditions. Moreover, it also brings together a full range of ATM stakeholders and demonstrates real environmental and noise benefits of SESAR solutions.”  To read the Press Release, click here

View the Brochure
Read the Project Kick-off Press Release

Other position paper of interest

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