The European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan

Master Plan Level 3 Edition 2017 – New Objectives and substantial changes to existing ones

Consultation package (letter to members of AAB + Annex + Appendix)


The European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan - Edition 2016

The European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan Edition 2016 – also known as the ESSIP Plan  - constitutes the “Implementation view” or Level 3 of the European ATM Master Plan which is updated every year. This 2016 edition follows the major update of the Master Plan in 2015, where all three levels (Executive view, Planning and architecture view, Implementation view) were aligned and approved by the SESAR JU Administrative Board.

This Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan Edition 2016 is driven by two main objectives: to update and secure the planning of the deployment of the SESAR baseline and the prerequisites of the Pilot Common Project (PCP), and to ensure a complete coverage of the ATM functionalities covered by the PCP.  The plan is enriched with the outcome of the monitoring and reporting activities linked to the execution of the Master Plan in 2015, as detailed in the Master Plan Level 3 2015 Implementation Report. It shows that the deployment of SESAR prerequisites is progressing well, with a targeted completion by 2018/2019, and also confirms confidence in the timely delivery of the PCP in the timeframe 2019-2024.

In order to ensure coherence in the management of the deployment of the components of the PCP, the document has been developed in cooperation with the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM). Thus, this 2016 edition integrates eleven new Implementation Objectives to ensure the adequate coverage of the PCP requirements in relation with SDM’s Deployment Programme families.

Furthermore, one additional Implementation Objective, the “enhanced ATFM slot-swapping” (SESAR Solution #56 – Release 4) has been introduced as a result the outcome of the validation work on SESAR Solutions. This Solution shows a globally positive business case and is supported by the operational stakeholders concerned (Network Manager and civil airspace users).

The European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan Edition 2016 has has been endorsed by the Provisional Council of EUROCONTROL in September 2016 and was approved by the SJU Administrative Board on 20 October 2016, subject to EC final position after SSC opinion.

The Engineering Views for each individual implementation Objective are available on the eATM Portal 

In order to facilitate the work of implementers, the following file consolidates into a single document the whole set of individual Engineering Views of the active objectives included in the European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan edition 2016.


ESSIP Focal Points

Traditionally, ESSIP Objectives have been created, developed and modified in consultation with the relevant expert EUROCONTROL Working Arrangements (WA).  During these years, the ESSIP mechanism, and in particular the ESSIP Plan, has also undergone significant changes to fully integrate it in the European ATM Master Plan and to incorporate it into the SESAR working structure. As a result, the production of the ESSIP Plan is now under the aegis of the SESAR Work Package C.02 and is an official deliverable of the SJU as well as EUROCONTROL.

Considering the patchy situation regarding consultation on ESSIP Objectives, stakeholders requested the creation of ‘ESSIP Focal Points’ at State level. This would ensure States/stakeholders to have the means to provide input to EUROCONTROL in all ESSIP-related matters and, in particular, the development of ESSIP Objectives.  The ESSIP Focal Point would act as ‘gap-filler’ where the communication line between DPS/PEPR and the relevant national stakeholder is disrupted or not sufficient in terms of content and/or time. Furthermore he/she is the national reference for all ESSIP matters.

Term of Reference for ESSIP Focal Points (pdf)
ESSIP Focal Points (pdf)