European ATM Master Plan updated

16 October 2012 (Last Updated October 16th, 2012 18:30)

Europe's Single European Sky (SES), the flagship project to develop a single European airspace to triple capacity and half air traffic costs, has been updated.

SESAR Project

Europe's Single European Sky (SES), the flagship project to develop a single European airspace to triple capacity and half air traffic costs, has been updated.

The new European air traffic management (ATM) master plan will provide all aviation stake holders with technological and operational roadmaps, while allowing efficient installation of new procedures and technologies within the timeframe to 2030.

In a bid to attain global interoperability and synchronisation, the information furnished in the master plan has been aligned with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU).

The blueprint also responds to four key performance areas (KPAs) of environment, cost-efficiency, safety and capacity that make-up an element of various ICAO KPAs.

The new master plan features revised performance objectives that will contribute to strengthening SES's five pillars of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), that include technology, performance, safety, airports and human factor.

Initially, the SESAR will work towards reducing fuel efficiency by 2.8%, lower cost efficiency by 6%, cut accident risk per flight hour by 40% and increase airspace capacity by 27%.

The new plan also includes clear planned roadmaps of required technical alterations for all stakeholders that specifies the type and date of the ATM technology change required in the first step of SESAR.

"The new European air traffic management (ATM) master plan will provide all aviation stake holders with technological and operational roadmaps."

Features of the road maps also include the required dates of air/ground deployment synchronisation, as well as roadmaps for infrastructure, standardisation and regulation.

The master plan introduces a concept of "essential operational changes" in a bid to offer performance benefits to one or more operating environments, including airport, en-route, terminal manoeuvring area and network.

Major operational changes have been merged into six key features, which will be implemented in three steps by 2030.

Changes include moving from airspace to 4D trajectory management, traffic synchronisation, network collaborative management and dynamic capacity balancing, system-wide information management, airport integration and throughput, and conflict management and automation.


Image: The new master plan also aims to implement satellite communications for air traffic management by 2030. Photo: courtesy of P.Carril - ESA.