Within SESAR2020, project (PJ) 14 - EECNS (Essential and efficient communication navigation and surveillance integrated system) is researching the next generation of CNS (communication navigation and surveillance) technologies in a manner focused on the needs of the Single European Sky (SES), whilst taking account of the global nature of the aviation industry.
PJ 14 aims to develop and improve solutions which will support the future ATM global system and according to the timeframe addressed by the ATM Master Plan, mainly in:
- surface data sharing to let a huge data exchange for effective and efficient airport operations and awareness;
- new data communications infrastructure to reduce the air traffic controllers (ATCOs) workload avoiding misunderstandings and improve efficiency;
- collaborative air traffic management to support the ATCOs, pilots, airport operators to improve situation awareness;
- optimisation of capacity, flexible use of airspace and turn-around operations to avoid congestion in ATM domain.
All the activities performed in the project are developed at European level in order to avoid a fragmented approach and to ensure the interoperability as depicted in the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). The CNS technologies support the GANP in terms of airport operations, globally interoperable system data, optimum capacity and flexible flights. The main stakeholders are fully involved to ensure that all the operational needs are duly considered.