New SESAR2020 project aims to deliver real cost savings via improved use of airspace

15 November 2016

SESAR 2020 Project PJ07 aims at “Optimised Airspace User Operations”, and is the first of eight SESAR 2020 projects led by EUROCONTROL to kick off. The others are:

  • Master Plan maintenance (PJ20)
  • Increased runway and airport throughput (PJO2)
  • Advanced airspace management (PJ08)
  • Advanced demand/capacity balancing – DCB (PJ09)
  • Enhanced safety nets for en-route traffic and TMA operations (PJ11)
  • Content integration (PJ19)
  • Network collaborative management (VLD24)

SESAR 2020 is an ambitious programme driven by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), of which EUROCONTROL is a co-founding partner. Together with our partners, we provide air traffic management expertise to all SESAR work packages, of which we lead those which are dedicated to pan-European network performance. SESAR 2020 aims to develop new technologies and operational procedures to support the implementation of the Single European Sky concept, and EUROCONTROL’s renewed role in and commitment to the SJU was agreed in September. The SESAR 2020 programme, according to Pierre Andribet, Head of ATM/RDS Division which oversees the EUROCONTROL contribution to SESAR2020, represents for the Agency “a perfect chance to focus our technical expertise, knowledge and capabilities as an independent and neutral pan-European technical ATM organisation to support the interests of the European network as a whole. It’s about improving performance at the network level and about ensuring interoperability at the European and Worldwide level, aiming to make European aviation more efficient and higher performing”.

The Optimised Airspace Users Operations project will bring major benefits to both civil and military Airspace Users by further improving their processes in relation to their interaction with ATM Network Operations – with at the heart of this an improved Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) process that takes into account airspace users’ evolving business needs.

Kris Delcourte, EUROCONTROL PJ07 project lead, states that: “It is a unique opportunity for EUROCONTROL to be leading this project, which aims at optimising the operations of airspace users fully integrated into the pan-European ATM network. In close collaboration with the Network Manager, this project will develop operational and technical solutions that support network CDM processes, and run validation exercises to demonstrate how network performance will improve.  Drawing on our unique civil-military coordination expertise, PJ07 also addresses the harmonisation of military flight plans and processes of Wing Operations Centres, and integrates military information into the network. In terms of supporting airspace users, this is an important SESAR2020 project where airspace user views can be consolidated, ensuring optimal interaction with the ATM world and the pan-European ATM network, and helping them improve their processes and also their performance.” 

PJ07 will develop three solutions.

The first solution, “Airspace Users Processes for Trajectory Definition“, will develop requirements and validate procedures and workflows for Flight Operations Centres enabling them to interact better with other ATM stakeholders, and especially with the Network Manager, with regard to trajectory definition (long and short term). This will also ensure continuity in the CDM process throughout the trajectory lifecycle. 

The second solution, “Airspace Users Fleet Priorities and Preferences Processes (UDPP)”, aims at integrating smoothly the priorities and preferences of airspace users via collaborative processes at airports and in Network DCB processes, allowing those processes to perform multi-criteria optimisation tasks involving many stakeholders. This solution will also address how UDPP can be used by airspace users that are not regular users at a given airport – a category that typically includes business and general aviation airspace users.

The third solution, “Military Trajectory-driven Processes”, has the same major objective as the first solution, but is aimed at Wing Operations Centres, and will focus in its first phase on harmonising military flight plans and integrating military traffic intentions into the overall European ATM network.

The first wave of project PJ07 will run till the end of 2019, by which time the three solutions will have reached a higher level of maturity via the definition and execution of several validation exercises.

Once deployed, each of the solutions is expected to bring major benefits in terms of improved efficiency, flexibility and cost-effectiveness, resulting in cost savings for airspace users which will be quantified via a cost-benefit analysis as part of the project.

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