Closing the gaps: a report on what still needs to be done for the Single European Sky

22 August 2016

In implementing the pan-European Single Sky, the European ATM community needs regular and timely plans and reports on what has been achieved and what still needs to be done.

The European ATM Master Plan (MP) sets out the concrete implementation plans needed for achieving the Single European Sky. One of the key deliverables that EUROCONTROL facilitates is the annual European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Report.

The 2015 report was recently released. It consolidates the implementation progress reports produced by individual stakeholders on the implementation of those commonly agreed actions which ECAC States have to take in the SESAR context.

This consolidated report allows the aviation community to identify any gaps between what is needed on a European level and what currently exists. The community can then work out what can be done, locally and regionally, to close those gaps and so meet the targets.

One example of such a gap is A-SMGCS (Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System) Level 1. This technology is targeted for implementation at 47 airports across ECAC; the deadline was the end of 2011. But by the end 2015, only some 60% had implemented the functionality.

The various actions required to close gaps are presented in the form of “Implementation Objectives” setting out the operational, technical and institutional improvements that the European ATM network needs. These improvements will allow the European ATM network to meet the performance requirements for the key ATM performance areas defined in MP Level 1: safety, capacity, operational efficiency, cost efficiency, environment and security.

We developed the 2015 MP Level 3 Implementation Report in close cooperation with the SESAR Joint Undertaking and SESAR partners. The 2015 report has a new layout and structure (Summary, Strategic View, Deployment View and Support Annexes); it has been aligned with the SESAR key features and so better reflects all three MP levels.

The report looks at progress made on achieving the 41 implementation objectives defined in the 2015 Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan; most of them are directly related to SESAR functionalities, including the PCP (Pilot Common Project) components. A few implementation objectives are pre-SESAR; these either have to be achieved on a network level - they form part of the foundation on which SESAR is built - or they are related to interoperability. There are also a few implementation objectives related to SES legislation.

A new feature this year is a series of success stories provided by operational stakeholders: they bring to life some of the main achievements of 2015, when certain technical and operational functionalities were concretised. A number of them are key EUROCONTROL projects, such as the NOP Portal, or the User Driven Prioritisation Process (UDPP).

The MP Level 3 2015 Implementation Report has been assessed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking and was sent to the SESAR Administrative Board, for information, in July.

You may also be interested in the State Views for each State participating in LSSIP (Local Single Sky Implementation mechanisms). These one-page summary views of the State LSSIP documents are structured according to SESAR key features; they include only essential operational changes, as defined in the ATM Master Plan Edition 2015. You can download these views from our LSSIP web page.

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