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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: 

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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).


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.

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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.