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Funding opportunities for ATM modernization projects: 2023 CEF 2 Transport Call for Proposals launched


Today, the European Commission has launched the 2023 CEF 2 Transport Call for Proposals with a total budget of 7 billion euro to support modernization in European transport and open to all modes.

One of the core areas covered by the Call is Smart and interoperable mobility with an overall budget of 400 million euro for all modes of transport including aviation and covering also SESAR Common Project One Implementation projects.

This is a unique opportunity for SESAR Deployment ATM Modernisation stakeholders to submit projects since the Call objectives include supporting timely and synchronized implementation of Common Project One (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/116 of 1/02/2021).

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CLEAN ATM initiative – selected by EC for CEF funding – as next step for ATM modernisation


On June 22, the CLEAN ATM initiative, prepared and coordinated by the SESAR Deployment Manager in response to the CEF Transport Call for proposals 2022, was selected as one of the transport projects to receive EU grants from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the main instrument to support strategic transport investments in the European Union.

The initiative, which engages over 40 civil and military operational stakeholders (Airlines, ANSPs, Airports, MET providers, NM and military authorities) from the whole pan-European network, is a key step forward for modernizing and decarbonizing the aviation industry in the coming years.

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SESAR Deployment Manager visits Nice Airport


Today SDM visited Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur and their operational facilities.

SDM stated: It was great to see and discuss live their contribution and involvement in delivering the Digital European Sky.

“We would like to thank the SESAR Deployment Manager very warmly for their unfailing support, which has already enabled us to carry out 5 of the 9 deployment projects. More than ever, airports are committed players in the realisation of a more efficient, safer, more fluid and therefore less energy-intensive Single European Sky.”
stated Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur’

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SESAR Deployment Manager visits Brussels Airport


Today SDM visited Brussels Airport Company and their operational facilities.

Mr Piet Demunter, COO shared:
“It was an honour to welcome Mariagrazia La Piscopia and her team from SESAR Deployment Manager to Brussels Airport Company. We value the collaboration very much. We are fully committed to remain at the forefront of innovations to further streamline operations across all ATM stakeholders, resulting in more resilient, efficient and sustainable operations.”

SDM Executive Director Mariagrazia La Piscopia stated:
“This visit to Brussels Airport Company was very insightful and further strengthened our cooperation with a key operational stakeholder located close to the SESAR Deployment Manager headquarters. Great to see how, despite the enormous impact of the tragic attacks in 2016 and the covid pandemic affecting the entire aviation industry, Brussels Airport Company managed to be compliant with the CP1 regulation 2022 deadlines. 🤝 Many thanks Piet Demunter and his engaged team for all efforts an for having us today and let’s keep on modernising ATM #AsOne team.”

DSNA and THALES unveil a new vision of air traffic management with 4-FLIGHT


The first operational implementation of 4-FLIGHT, the En-Route management system at the East Area Control Centre (ACC), was inaugurated in Reims on December 8, 2022.

4-FLIGHT is a new-generation air-traffic control system designed to ensure a smoother flow of flights, while being more environmentally friendly. It is the result of the close collaboration between the French Air Navigation Service Provider (DSNA) and Thales, the world leader provider in air traffic management

Marseille ACC has just implemented 4-FLIGHT on 6 December 2022. The next key steps are the extension to the other three En-Route centres by 2025.

As part of the modernization of France’s air-traffic management system (ATM), Thales and the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) inaugurated, in the presence of Clément BEAUNE, the French Minister of Transport, the first operational commissioning of the 4-FLIGHT system at the Reims ACC, the first deployment site for the program. This system, which takes into account the most recent regulatory requirements in terms of cybersecurity and safety, is one of the most advanced stripless Air Traffic Control systems in Europe.

4-FLIGHT comes equipped with an intuitive Human-Machine Interface (HMI), the latest generation of equipment, as well as innovative and sophisticated tools to support flight management and safety, making it one of the most advanced stripless Air Traffic Control systems in Europe for high-density airspace.

The advanced Flight Data Processing system, Coflight, at the heart of 4-FLIGHT, provides air traffic controllers with more accurate forecasts of 4D flight trajectories, enabling them to better optimize air routes and contribute to sustainable aviation. With Coflight, the controller has a better-planned and optimised aircraft trajectory, resulting in shorter flight times and lower fuel consumption and emissions.

With 4-FLIGHT, air traffic controllers can focus on their essential tasks, thus improving flight safety and efficiency.

4-FLIGHT, registered as a SESAR(1) Solution, is interoperable with other European air navigation systems and strengthens the coordination between civil and military controllers for flight safety. At short term, the operational performance of this new ATM system would be of immediate benefit not only to France and the FABEC(2) airspace but also to the entire European network. Indeed, 4-FLIGHT is connected to ten Air Navigation Service Providers neighbouring France: ENAIRE (ESP), DGAC Algeria, ENAV (IT), Skyguide (CH), DFS (DE), the Maastricht UAC (EUROCONTROL), Skeyes (BE), ANA (LUX), NATS (UK), IAA (IRL) and the Network Manager (EUROCONTROL).

4-FLIGHT, which is co-funded by the European Union within the Single European Sky technical modernisation programme, meets innovative European concepts such as the Free Route and new environmental efficiency requirements.

Marseille ACC, the other pilot-centre, has just implemented 4-FLIGHT on 6 December 2022. DSNA has scheduled to extend the use of 4-FLIGHT to the three other ACCs in France by 2025. Air traffic controllers will then be able to operate with a single system over the entire French upper airspace, covering one million km².

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CINEA visits SESAR deployment implementing partner Aeroporti di Roma


A delegation of CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency and European Commission visited #SESAR deployment implementing partner Aeroporti di Roma to witness actual implementation of #ATM #modernisation & #digitalisation projects in daily operations and learn about the #benefitsthese #SESAR deployment projects bring to #environment, #efficiency, #capacity, #passenger #experience and #safety.
This visit coincides withe the first anniversary of APOC (airport operations centre) operations! 🙌 CONGRATS Aeroporti di Roma & reason enough for 🎂 #cake. #SESARdelivers #AsOne team!

2022 CEF 2 Transport Call for Proposals – opportunities for aviation


Today, the European Commission has launched the 2022 CEF 2 Transport Call for Proposals with a total budget of 5 billion euro to support modernization in European transport and open to all modes, including aviation.

There is a great opportunity for SESAR Deployment ATM Modernisation projects to be submitted since the Call objectives include supporting timely and synchronized implementation of Common Project One (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/116 of 1/02/2021) in accordance with the deployment approach defined in the approved SESAR Deployment Programme.

SESAR Deployment Programme 2022 approved by European Commission


The SESAR Deployment Programme (SDP) 2022 was approved by the European Commission on 12th August 2022 and can be downloaded via this link

European Commission Decision C(2022)5748/12.8.2022 approving the SESAR Deployment Programme 2022 can be found at the following link

Modernisation and digitalisation of European Air Traffic Management (ATM) through SESAR implementation is driven by the SESAR Deployment Programme (SDP) under the coordination of the SESAR Deployment Manager.

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