We are stronger together – statement from SESAR Deployment Manager on the COVID-19 crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the aviation industry with devastating strength. Aviation bears the brunt of the measures taken to contain this pandemic. As members of society, we welcome strong policies taken to protect our families & fellow citizens. Our lives have been disrupted, but we must show solidarity and civic responsibility.

SESAR Deployment Manager is working hard to remain operational and offer civil & military airports, airlines, ANSPs & all deployment professionals sustainable assistance and ensure continuity of ATM modernization.

Read full statement here.

Aeroporti di Roma improves efficiency of airport operations through SESAR


Through the support of ACI EUROPE’s SESAR Related Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG), Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the operator of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, is participating in EU-funded projects that are deploying SESAR solutions. The aim is to streamline airports operations and, ultimately, offer a better passenger experience. Luc Laveyne sits down with ADR to hear their impressions of the work done so far.

Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) and the Italian air navigation service provider (ENAV), together with the EUROCONTROL Network Manager, organised a conference on the impact of Air Traffic Flow Management delays on passengers and on operations at airports on 20 June in Rome. It was the first time that Italian operational stakeholders gathered together to discuss how to overcome and mitigate airspace congestion. It soon became clear that solutions for additional capacity will – at least in the mid-term (3-5 years) – mainly come from the SESAR programme. The SESAR programme is the technological pillar of the Single European Sky, the European Commission’s flagship project that aims to modernise and increase the efficiency of air traffic management (ATM) in Europe. SESAR spans from the ATM Masterplan, through to the research and development ATM solutions via public-private partnerships and on to the deployment of SESAR technology and procedures by airlines, airport operators and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – coordinated by the industrial partnership, the SESAR Deployment Alliance.

Ivan Bassato (Executive Vice President Operations of ADR for Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino airports) and Maurizio Paggetti (Chief Operations Officer of ENAV) spoke with Luc Laveyne about how the deployment of SESAR technologies is a great benefit to ADR.

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Dublin Airport hosts EC delegation to assess SESAR deployment on site


Dublin Airport was delighted to welcome a delegation of the European Commission, INEA and SESAR Deployment Manager to the airport recently. Dublin is part of a wider grouping of airports, airlines and Air Navigation Service Providers across Europe who are working together on the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research or SESAR project.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “Dublin Airport is extremely proud to partner with colleagues from across the EU to work together and deliver the Single European Sky vision.”

“We were delighted to welcome delegates from the European Commission and INEA and our colleagues from SESAR Deployment Manager, along with representatives of the local Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, to Dublin Airport to view the various funded projects under the coordination of SDM that are both ongoing and completed. Dublin Airport is committed to SESAR core ethos of making air travel easier and, most importantly, more sustainable,” he added.

Dublin Airport is one of the partners within the joint project “Unifying Safety Nets & Surface Movement”. See also: https://www.unifying.eu/projects/daaplc/ 

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Digitalisation in new Surface Friction Tester Cars at Swedavia’s airports


Swedavia Vehicles is, among other things, working with long-term investments in technical capacity for future changes. One of the latest purchases is new friction measurement vehicles (friction cars), FMF. Current models have lived out their technical life span and are unable to keep up with the development at the same pace and in the same direction as Swedavia Vehicles.

The purchase of these new Surface Friction Tester cars stems from the fact that the current vehicles have lived out their technical life on the one hand and that some of today’s vehicles run on gasoline, which is not in line with the Swedavia environmental goal of being fossil-free in 2020 on the other hand.

This next generation Surface Friction Tester car is based on the Volvo XC40. The model has been chosen as it has the best conditions and specifications according to the requirements. These requirements include the possibility of more advanced technical equipment for friction measurement as well as higher energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.

All new vehicles will be completely different from any current ones, but with the same objective: friction measurement. The biggest difference for operational personnel will be the new digital systems on board (a new interface – see picture below). The new systems will be connected to the Digital Snow Tam and are compatible with RWIS (Runway Weather Information System, also Smart Landing Runway).

The purpose of this integration is to relieve and simplify the process of friction measurement for the operating personnel by letting the vehicle do more of the work during a friction measurement and reduce the workload of the staff to a few button presses.

All vehicles have been replaced during summer 2019. As the vehicles are still under procurement, a thorough examination of the condition of the vehicle and all the systems has been executed.

These investments are related to Unifying Safety Nets & Surface Movement

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).