The annual ATC Global conference and exhibition, held earlier this month in Amsterdam, attempted to bring into sharper focus the vision of a Single European Sky (SES).
Single European Sky
The FAA and a group of European air navigation service providers signed a joint statement of purpose to work toward a “future interoperable aviation system that is operationally driven and technology enhanced.” Europe and the U.S. are both undertaking ATC modernization programs: Sesar (Single European Sky ATM Research) in Europe and NextGen in the U.S. Under the agreement, the parties will coordinate on areas such as systems implementation, program management and transitioning to these new systems.
Major players in ATC are meeting in Amsterdam this week for ATC Global, which has long been considered the leading international event for the ATC community. This year’s conference and exhibition will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies and is expected to draw some 5,400 attendees.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is voicing its concerns over the European Commission’s draft regulation for airport slot allocation. “The association is hugely disappointed that the EC, despite robust arguments against, has maintained a recast of its slot regulation…based solely on the number of passengers carried,” EBAA said.
The Association of European Airlines (AEA), the European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) have jointly issued a plea to EU member states “to stop procrastinating” on the Single European Sky project “and finally
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Most European states have fallen behind in their legislated commitments to improve the operational, financial and environmental efficiency of the continent’s air traffic management system, according to the latest independent Performance Review Body (PRB) report and draft recommendations from the European Commission.
The economic, environmental and efficiency gains promised under the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program are “extremely sensitive” to timely implementation of the air traffic control modernization effort across Europe, according to the Sesar Joint Undertaking (SJU).
The global economic recession gave pause to the relentless growth in air traffic over recent years, not least in Europe. But according to Eurocontrol air transport activity, traffic is on the move again, with last summer’s 5-percent increase confirming the recovery of the industry.
The FAA and the European Union signed an agreement to work together on NextGen research. The agreement, sealed in Budapest last month, calls for both sides to research the interoperability of avionics, communication protocols and procedures, as well as operational methods under NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar).