Airports delivering SESAR deployment


On 18th July, the Airports involved in the ATM modernisation projects “Unifying Safety Nets & Surface Movement”, led by Aéroports De Paris and “Integrating Airport Operations”, led by Brussels Airport Company, met for a joint meeting at Stansted Airport.

Update on ASMGCS deployment at Manchester Airport


Following contract award to Saab Sensis Corporation for the supply of a Multilateration (MLAT) system and vehicle transponders, Manchester Airport has appointed local contractors to undertake the required equipment installations. The new equipment will be fused with an upgraded Radar Data Processor (RDP) to fulfil the requirements of the ASMGCS ‘Surveillance Service’ specification as defined by Eurocontrol.

This phase of the works is expected to complete July 2019. On completion, Manchester Airport will be working in partnership with its Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), NATS Services Limited and ATM industry leaders Indra Navia to progress development and implementation of the ASMGCS ‘Airport Safety Support Service’. The aim is to contribute to airside operations as a safety improvement, preventing hazards/incidents resulting from controller, flight crew or vehicle driver operational errors or deviations. The following three functional areas are being targeted for at Manchester Airport are:

  • Runway Monitoring and Conflict Alerting (RMCA)– This is a short-term conflict alerting tool for controllers that monitors movements on or near the runway and detects conflicts between an aircraft and another mobile
  • Conflicting ATC Clearances (CATC)– This provides an alert when the controller inputs an electronic clearance via the HMI, that according to a set of locally agreed rules is not permitted from an operational and safety point of view when compared to any other previously input electronic clearance.
  • Conformance Monitoring Alerts for Controllers (CMAC) – Provides controllers with appropriate alerts when the ASMGCS detects the non-conformance to procedures or clearances for traffic on runways, taxiways and on the apron area.

The AMGCS project is being co-funded by the EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, INEA supported by SESAR Deployment Manager. Manchester Airport is implementating ASMGCS in partnership with 14 other airports and ANSPs under the European SESAR Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG).


Progress indicators show percentage of completion


For each of the 15 partners in Unifying Safety Nets & Surface Movement, a project reflecting the joint effort made by 15 aviation partners in 9 EU countries to modernize Air Traffic Management (ATM), individual progress indicators have been added online. This gives an indication of what the actual status of completion of that particular project is and will be updated regularly until the official end date of this joint initiative: 31/12/2020.

The overall progress of Unifying Safety Nets & Surface Movement is currently at 36% and well on track to timely deliver its full implementation. The aim of this unprecedented initiative is to improve ATM performance in Europe through the modernization and harmonization of the ATM systems that will enhance the safety for the passengers at the involved airports.

Go to https://www.unifying.eu/projects/ and click on any project to see its progress.


465,7 m euro additional investment increasing Europe’s ATM performance through SESAR


The European Commission (INEA) has just announced the CEF Coordination Committee Decision including the results regarding the Funding Objective 3.1, “Single European Sky – SESAR”.

A total of 290,3 m euro of EU funding will be devoted to modernising European air traffic management. All in all, 14 projects under which the project “SESAR Deployment Programme implementation – 2017” –  including no less than 49 implementation projects in one action submitted by SESAR Deployment Manager have been awarded.

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Members of aviation industry in Europe call for SESAR Deployment Manager lifecycle extension


On 25 July, All 19 members of SESAR Deployment Alliance, representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, signed a joint letter expressing their commitment to continue their role in deploying SESAR.

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has received a boost after all 19 members of the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, signed a joint letter developing proposals for optimizing SDM role and calling for an extension of SDA in SDM’s role beyond its current mandate ending in 2020.

The letter was signed by all the Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers of the 19 members of the SDA: ACI Europe, Air France, AustroControl, British Airways, Croatia Control, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, DSNA, EasyJet, ENAIRE, ENAV, HungaroControl, IAA, LFV, Lufthansa, NATS, Naviair, PANSA, ROMATSA, and RYANAIR.

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Manchester Airport announces key milestone in Advanced Surface Movement Control System project


On the 5th March 2018, Manchester Airport formally appointed Saab Sensis Corporation for the supply and commissioning of Multilateration (MLAT) following an OJEU tender process. This announcement marks a key milestone in the airport’s Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System (ASMGCS) project, which has been co-funded by the EU’s Innovation Network supported by SESAR Deployment Manager.

Saab was selected as a market leader in the area of MLAT, who once commissioned will have implemented this safety-critical technology at the UK’s four busiest airports (including MAG’s London Stansted), representing enhanced safety for approximately 170m passengers every year.

Manchester Airport is committed to the implementation of ASMGCS in partnership with 14 other airports and ANSPs under the European SESAR Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG). At this exciting stage in the project, Manchester Airport wishes to thank the bid leader Aeroports de Paris and the wider SDAG partners alongside the EU’s Innovation Network for their continued support. We look forward to working with our new partner Saab to deliver this essential ATM project.