Europe’s aviation industry has signalled how it believes the Single European Sky air traffic modernisation programme should go forward.
Industry groups representing the three ‘A’s – airlines, ANSPs and airports – said they had teamed up to help define both the rollout of SESAR – the future European ATM project – and the duties of the Deployment Manager as described in the European Commission’s Communication in December.
The Association of European Airlines, airport organisation ACI-Europe and air navigation service providers through the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) said they had identified broad understanding on the deployment structure, governance and necessary funding.
The three organisations reached agreement on the following:
- Further progress on Single European Sky as well as the global interoperability between SESAR and developments outside Europe are essential for SESAR deployment.
- The proposed three layer model as defined by the EC is accepted as the structure for SESAR deployment. However, the EC should remain politically accountable for the successful delivery of SESAR.
- Airlines, ANSPs and Airports – as end users bearing the investment risks should
govern level 2 deployment phase. Manufacturing industries have a full role to play in the industrialization phase but should be excluded from level 2 to prevent conflicts of interest
- The Deployment Manager must be a lean and efficient organization. Its primary role should be to establish the deployment programme, to define and prioritise SESAR deployment based on agreed business cases and to monitor ongoing deployment projects
- The SESAR Joint Undertaing, the Network Manager and the manufacturing industry will support the deployment manager wherever necessary
- Public Funding is crucial. Airlines, ANSPs and airports therefore strongly support the Commission request (as part of the EU draft 2014-2020 budget) for 3 billion Euro public funding, which is the bare minimum necessary to ensure a successful deployment of SESAR. The public funding should be at the disposal of the end users bearing the investment risk; be earmarked for SESAR deployment; not be part of a wider funding programme and should be made easy accessible for eligible projects. The EC also needs to fund the deployment manager work.
- Definition of ‘what is a common project’ is necessary. A minimal condition should be that a project has all the end users bearing the investment risk involved, through membership of the consortium
- Involvement of general aviation and military needs to be defined
- Deployment can only be considered based on clear and agreed EASA safety requirements (certification and operational approvals) AEA, CANSO and ACI agree to continue to work closely together on the definition ofthenecessary details, including the guidelines complementing the EC Communication defining the SESAR Deployment Manager
CANSO earler this year said it welcomed the European Commission Communication on the governance and incentive mechanisms for the deployment of SESAR in which the role that industry must play to ensure the timely and synchronised implementation of the system was highlighted, specifically through the appointment of a Deployment Manager.
EC3 Chairman, Massimo Garbini said: “We are fully convinced that the crucial element for a successful deployment of SESAR is for the industry to take the lead in the governance of the deployment and receive support through appropriate public funding.”