In the last few years, the development of air traffic management in Europe has been based on the idea of creating a seamless upper airspace zone called the Single European Sky (SES). This, and its operating system, Sesar, are seen as essential to providing the paradigm shift in the way European ATM functions.
Single European Sky
Operators will see en route ATC charges for most of Europe reduced by an average of 7 percent starting this month. There will be some variance in unit charge rates for different operations–which are calculated based on distance flown and aircraft weight–but average charges are set to decrease in just about all of the 32 Eurocontrol member states.
At the Farnborough Air Show this summer, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and European Commission (EC) vice president Jacques Barrot signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation toward developing compatible, “seamless” air traffic management systems. The agreement formalizes previously informal exchanges between U.S.
Faced with the likelihood of the number of flights in Europe doubling to 17 million by 2020, the European Commission launched the ambitious Single European Sky (SES) ATM implementation program– now dubbed Sesar, replacing the former Sesame moniker.
Last November saw the signature in Brussels of a contract covering the definition phase of the single European sky (SES) implementation program (Sesar, formerly known as Sesame).
The single European sky legislation, with its provision for the creation by groups of states of cross-border functional airspace blocks within which multiple service providers can be certified against common requirements, introduces the novel prospect of competition among air navigation service providers (ANSPs).
While the European Commission has defined “excellent” governance principles for better regulation, it has not followed its own rules, ERA director general Mike Ambrose told AIN ahead of this month’s ERA general assembly in Barcelona.