SESAR deployment chief delivers €3bn blueprint

Maurizio Castelletti, receives the first ever SESAR Deployment Plan from Massimo Garbini

Maurizio Castelletti receives the first ever SESAR Deployment Plan from Massimo Garbini

The SESAR Deployment Manager has formally delivered its first deployment programme to European transport chiefs in Brussels signalling a move away from the research phase towards the physical modernisation of European air traffic management.

The Deployment Programme explains how air traffic management in Europe will be modernised within the Pilot Common Project, a European legal framework covering six ATM functionalities that will have to be implemented by European Union member states.

The SESAR Deployment Manager will also coordinate and monitor the implementation of all projects which are supported with significant co-funding through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.

“Six months after the establishment of the SESAR Deployment Manager, Europe has today a unique, agreed and supported air traffic management technological implementation plan which has been consulted on, and developed by the industry, for the industry,” said Massimo Garbini who leads the SESAR Deployment Manager.

“This programme will lead investment plans by European air navigation service providers, airports and airlines and will provide Europe with a modern infrastructure which guarantees the development of a safe and efficient continental air transport system in support of our economy and the creation of jobs. Today the industry shows the maturity and commitment to deliver this programme together.”

Maurizio Castelletti, head of the Single European Sky Unit within the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE), confirmed:The deployment programme is an essential instrument for the SESAR deployment. It translates the priorities defined in the European ATM Master Plan’s planning view and selected to be part of the Pilot Common Project into a coherent and coordinated project view.

“Operational stakeholders that will deploy the ATM functionalities of the Pilot Common Project are called upon to define and coordinate with the Deployment Manager proposals for projects to implement the Deployment Programme. The Commission is ready to support financially the best projects through the Connecting Europe Facility Programme.”

The SESAR Deployment Manager tells Air Traffic Management that the Commission will work during the summer months on its feedback although no specific timing has yet been proposed. The first deployment plan has attracted 454 technical, 170 general and 44 editorial comments from a broad range of consulted stakeholders.

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