2018 European ATM Master Plan Update Campaign launched in Tallinn

23 November 2017

On 8 November 2017 the 2018 European ATM Master Plan update campaign was launched in Tallinn in the presence of Henrik Hololei, EC Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Pavel Telička, Vice President of the European Parliament, Florian Guillermet, Executive Director SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), Frank Brenner, Director General EUROCONTROL, and Eamonn Brennan, Deputy Director General EUROCONTROL, and many other aviation stakeholders at the occasion of the SJU event entitled Digitalising Europe’s Aviation Infrastructure.

The Tallinn event focused on the priorities for developing European ATM for the next 20 years as defined in the European ATM Master Plan, which is unanimously recognised as the European ATM Roadmap, and central to the European Commission’s goal of delivering a high-performing aviation sector. In Tallinn, participants took a close look at the introduction of new technologies for the digitalisation and automation of ATM. Other priorities are the integration of drones, CNS rationalisation, and an update on the identification of essential operational changes in ATM.

EUROCONTROL plays a major role in the European ATM Master Plan as coordinator of the SESAR 2020 Master Plan Maintenance project (PJ20), and co-chair together with the SJU of the Master Planning Group (MPG).

The timeline for Master Plan activities in 2018 is as follows:

  • January to June 2018: the EUROCONTROL team and other PJ20 contributors will in particular focus on delivering the proposed ATM Master Plan Edition 2018 to the SJU, including an ECAC-wide expert consultation organised via EUROCONTROL’s Agency Advisory Body (AAB) in March 2018
  • June 2018: Delivery of the new proposed Master Plan edition, which will be the baseline for the formal consultation led by the SJU from July to October 2018 with all ATM stakeholders (involving also EUROCONTROL’s Provisional Council and the European Commission’s Single Sky Committee). 
  • December 2018: Final publication of the ATM Master Plan by the SJU, which will comprise the main European input for the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) update that will be finalised one year later.

The Master Plan resulting from the 2018 campaign will be published via the eATM Portal.