Network Manager: How do you see the role of the Network Manager evolving in the long term?

How do you see the role of the Network Manager evolving in the long term?

Paul RavenhillRavenhill, Helios The Network Manager is a success story from SES2. Taking a network view in both the planning and operational phases and working collaboratively with ANSPs to reduce impact of disruption has clearly led to significant operational improvements as well as better use of scarce resources. Evolution should be along two axes.

Firstly the scope of the Network Manager should grow to cover additional network functions where these are best provided at pan-European level – these could be flow management, resource allocation and even operational services. But at the same time, on the second axis, governance arrangements need to evolve to ensure strong involvement and leadership of the operational stakeholders and in particular airspace users. In this way the growing mission of the Network Manager will be supported by its customers.

Stejskal, ERA TheNetwork Manager role is a natural result of SESAR activities since the European Commission needs to see evidence of its huge R&D investment.

The question is if the SESAR programme is still fit for today’s requirements? Is the central planning of R&D activities the right way of moving ATM in Europe forward or would it better to let the market evolve through stakeholder initiatives?

Web PCClinch, SITA If differentiated pricing was ever introduced to distribute flights more evenly, the Network Manager would be the only entity able to manage it because the pricing would need to cover a flight’s whole route through the European airspace system.

It would be too complicated for airlines to manage varying charges from individual ANSPs managing just a part of a flight’s route.

Ramu, NetJets The role of the Network Manager is to facilitate communication and streamline the operation at European level. It is important that the Network Manager function understands the different business models. In particular, for business aviation, it is important that the requirement for flexibility is understood and facilitated.

Gammicchia, ECA The Network Manager should be empowered to perform an even more executive role in preserving the network performance be it for efficiency or safety. It should also have the capability to engage further with each ANSP with the aim to guarantee that any development and/or technology deployment within their area of operations takes into account the impact at network level.

Airspace design, use of airspace and temporary restrictions are among some of the topics where the Network Manager should remain constantly involved and may even assume a greater role.

José Ángel HiguerasHigueras, Ineco The main function of the Network Manager is to allow optimum use of the airspace in the Single European Sky and ensure that airspace users can operate preferred trajectories, while allowing maximum access to airspaces and air navigation services.

The evolution of the Network Manager role in the long term is linked to the progress on the implementation of FABs and SESAR and on the optimisation of its functions e.g., defining the AFTM measures when no agreement can be made about the delay sharing, reinforcing coordination when certain unplanned disruptions occur in the network. So any effort made in accelerating the implementation of those initiatives will definitively have a positive impact in this area.

Further collaboration with ANSPs and operators in the decision-making processes at local, regional/FAB and pan-European levels will also be needed in order to ensure that objectives are met.

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