European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan and Report released

The European ATM Master Plan (Master Plan for short) is the main planning tool for setting Europe’s ATM priorities and developing a shared vision for the future of ATM by delivering the Single European Sky. It’s structured into three levels – Executive, Planning & Architecture, and Implementation.

The two latest Level 3 Implementation documents just published are:

  • the 2019 Implementation Plan, which contains the latest ‘Implementation Objectives’ (or commonly agreed actions) to be taken by ECAC+ stakeholders regarding validated SESAR Solutions, including applying existing (EU) regulations in ATM
  • the Progress Report, which summarises the state of SESAR implementation of all existing Implementation Objectives at the end of 2018.

The 2019 Level 3 Implementation Plan has five main highlights:

  1. It goes beyond ECAC for the first time to encompass the two EUROCONTROL Comprehensive Agreement States, Israel and Morocco 
  2. It incorporates the directions set in the Airspace Architecture Study Transition Plan
  3. It includes eight SESAR Solutions appearing in the Implementation Plan for the first time, which include Guidance Assistance through Airfield Ground Lighting; Flow  based  Integration  of  Arrival  and  Departure  Management; and Enhanced  traffic  situational  awareness  and  airport  SNET  for  the  vehicle  driver
  4. It has amended NAV objectives to comply with PBN Implementing Rule requirements
  5. It provides a new view in the form of an Integrated Implementation Roadmap.

The EUROCONTROL Provisional Council has endorsed the new and substantially changed Implementation Objectives of the Plan 2019 in May 2019. The full content of the draft European ATM Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan is pending the approval by the SJU Administrative Board.

The Level 3 Progress Report looks back at 2018, giving a structured view of progress achieved regarding the implementation dates set in the Master Plan Level 3 2018 Implementation Plan, as well as the most important implementation issues faced by the civil and military implementing parties (i.e. ANSPs, airport operators, airspace users and regulators). New to this edition of the Report is the introduction of new quantitative indicators showing the consolidated implementation progress across the applicability area, as well as the distribution of implementation progress across the participating States or airports.

Both documents deliver significant added value to European ATM, with the latest Plan confirming the growing pan-European reach of the Master Plan.