Standards evolution workshop

The role of standards in the evolving European airspace
Exploring the role of standards in the future airspace architecture

EUROCONTROL, in partnership with the European Commission and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is organising a high-level technical workshop on how standards need to adapt to support the transition to the distributed architecture proposed by the airspace architecture study (AAS).

This online event will focus on:

  • The current and future regulatory framework for interoperability and deployment
  • The role of standards in enabling the AAS: what needs to be standardised? What can be re-used?
  • How do standards support the transition from today’s system to the future architecture?

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Keynote speakers

Philippe Merlot
Christine Berg
Christine Berg
Head of Unit
European Commission (DG MOVE)
Iacopo Prissinotti
Pascal Medal, EASA
Pascal Medal
Chief engineer


Time Topic Speaker
10:00 Welcome and objectives Philippe Merlo, Directorate European Civil-Military Aviation, EUROCONTROL
10:15 Network benefits of harmonised deployment Iacopo Prissinotti, Network Management, EUROCONTROL
10:30 Use of standards in support of regulation Christine Berg, DG MOVE, European Commission
10:45 Evolution of European standardisation framework Silvia Vaccaro, DG GROW, European Commission
11:00 Coordinating standardisation efforts and identification of standardisation needs Pascal Medal, EASA
11:15 Importance of standards in achieving harmonised deployment Peter Green, Standardisation, EUROCONTROL
11:30 Military approach to distributed architectures

Constantino La Selva, European Defence Agency

Jorge Pereira, Communications Navigation Surveillance, EUROCONTROL

11:50 Managing transformation – how standards fit in Enterprise Architecture Wim Post, Master Plan and Architecture, EUROCONTROL
12:15 Lunch
13:15 The changing role of standards: from technical to performance Standardisation Team, EUROCONTROL

Operational panel

Moderator: Paul Ravenhill, Think Research
  • Peter Fielding, NATS 
  • Michael Mowinski, Fraport AG
  • Nick Thorpe (TBC), CAA  
  • Eva Faure and Stephane Flori, Airbus
  • Pascal Medal, EASA
  • Peter Hotham (TBC), SESAR Joint Undertaking 
14:45 Coffee break

The changing role of standards: enabling deployment during the transition

Transitional arrangements

Standardisation Team, EUROCONTROL

Discussion on the role of supporting the transition
Institutional panel

Moderator: Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE
  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, SESAR Deployment Manager
  • Andrea Lorelli, ETSI
  • Luis Escobar (TBC), European Commission
  • Pascal Medal, EASA
  • Constantino La Selva, European Defence Agency

    Jorge Pereira, Communications Navigation Surveillance, EUROCONTROL

16:30 Wrap-up and conclusions EUROCONTROL
17:00 Close  

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Background information

The AAS and Transition Plan have set a challenge to the ATM community: Accelerate the deployment of a new distributed architecture that enables seamless, flexible and scalable provision of services.

This will require new technology, new approaches to service delivery and even new forms of service provider. It is a collaborative vision – with European airspace managed as a single continuum by a virtual and collective system operated by national ANSPS, ATM Data Service Provider (ADSPs) as well as CNS, MET and AIS providers. This new ATM system needs to support both civil and military requirements. It needs to be defined, implemented and operated collaboratively by all involved.

An evolved EASA-led regulatory framework is required to identify means of compliance, and new forms of interoperability are also needed – for example between ANSPs and ADSPs – alongside a common set of services than can be tailored to local specificities whilst maintaining true harmonisation. Enabling the AAS will require new ways of thinking about standards - to define interoperability requirements, to support large scale deployment and enable operational approval of both systems and services.