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ERA participates in SESAR 2020 airspace user workshop

ERA recently participated in an airspace user workshop coordinated by IATA and Lufthansa to establish a strategy for steering SESAR 2020 definition and the development of a Pilot Common Project framework. The meeting brought together all the critical stakeholders from the airspace user community.

The SESAR 2020 (Single European Sky ATM Research) Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme is intended to demonstrate the viability of the technological and operational solutions already developed within the SESAR R&I Programme (2008-2016) in larger and more operationally-integrated environments. Simultaneously, SESAR 2020 will prioritise research and innovation in a number of areas, namely integrated aircraft operations, high capacity airport operations, advanced airspace management and services, optimised network service performance and a shared ATM infrastructure of operations systems and services. SESAR 2020 will retain its founding members, the European Union and Eurocontrol, as well as existing industry members who have already expressed their intention to continue in the partnership. In preparation for the SJU Common Projects 2 (CP2) and SESAR Deployment Manager Pilot Common Project definition phase, a workshop was held at the facilities of Lufthansa Seeheim, south of Frankfurt on 1-2 June.

The definition of the new Common Project (CP2) is of greatest importance for airlines and all airspace users however concern has been raised that an enormous amount of work is necessary by the respective working groups to enable consideration and proper consultation with all concerned stakeholders within their respective airlines and organisations.

All stakeholders are facing the same problem however: the human expert resources and time to guarantee the quality and performance of the desired outcome, are severely limited and therefore a greater collaboration is sought by the airpsace user community to consider, absorb and disseminate to all relevant stakeholders if we are to respond in a timely and effective manner.

For airspace users, the CP2 definition criteria should consider the performance driven investment and implementation capabilities of operators. It is important to understand that airlines, airports and ANSPs still have to implement the PCP (with some areas still lacking maturity or not yet resolved technically such as DataLink Services) and this to be accomplished within the demanding framework of the performance scheme.

CP2 definition and the PCP review are two processes that will run in parallel (until October/November 2017). Considering the strong dependencies between these two important streams, clarification needs to be provided on how the necessary close coordination between both activities will be ensured by the SJU and the SDM when the SDM will only present its first proposal of a “PCP review” for consultation to the SDM SCP (Stakeholders Consultation Platform) by the third week of September 2017. With this in mind, the airspace user workshop focused on SJU CP2 and SDM PCP review work, definition and anticipated further challenges during the upcoming weeks and months.

Among the objectives established during the meeting was a need to setup an AU strategy for CP2 content, the further content definition process, as well as establish AU governance for SESAR 2020.  Following a thorough, detailed and meaningful first day, members of the management team of the SJU joined us for day two, enabling our concerns to be voiced as well as outlining our wishes as a stakeholder community. This first meeting paved the way for future work over the coming months and was considered to have achieved the first steps in a solid and collaborative effort from the airspace user community in stating our objectives and steering SESAR2020 in a direction that truly benefits the airspace users.

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