We support innovation in all aviation domains, focusing on those fields that will have a major impact on its development - such as artificial intelligence, data mining and big data. We work to ensure that emerging and disruptive technologies are fully developed to meet the evolving needs of European air transport. With a view to shaping the future of European aviation research with our partners, we take part in the ACARE (the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe) General Assembly and collaborate in various working groups to help identify main research areas, as well as to define, monitor and update its strategic agenda (SRA).
We actively contribute to ATM industrial research activities in the context of European research programmes. We place special emphasis on the SESAR programme to accelerate the modernisation of the European ATM system and meet the goals of the Single European Sky (SES).
Our Agency is leading, managing or coordinating European research in domains with a profound impact on capacity and safety, such as:
- runway throughput;
- demand capacity balancing;
- user-driven prioritisation;
- safety nets;
Our contribution covers all phases of a project, from the development of a concept to demonstrations. We also have a comprehensive suite of models and tools which are used for validation in all research areas:
- fast-time simulations;
- ATFM modelling tools;
- airport simulation platforms;
- environmental modelling tools;
- aircraft performance databases;
- ATC and ATFCM real-time simulations.
SESAR - the European ATM modernisation programme - delivers solutions to help improve the performance of the European ATM network. These solutions are now mature and ready to be implemented operationally through local benefit assessments or via synchronisation and acceleration activities.
As leaders of the SESAR definition phase, we are fully committed to supporting the deployment of these solutions through common projects or enablers. Our focus is on those projects which will most benefit the network – more specifically, those intended to upgrade our Network Manager systems such as:
- performance-based navigation/PBN;
- system-wide information management/SWIM;
- airport operations.
In conjunction with the SESAR Deployment Manager, we coordinate some of these projects. Through a Memorandum of Cooperation, we have established a joint management programme and technical teams to enhance the implementation of broad, consolidated solutions with a pan-European dimension. They can benefit from the funding of the European Commission and involve one or more stakeholders.
European ATM Master Plan
An integrated view of the essential operational and technology changes foreseen in order to deliver the Single European Sky.