Flight plan and flight data evolution

Improving air traffic management planning across Europe's air traffic management network.

This project ensures and co-ordinates the gradual implementation, in a harmonised way, of the processes and systems required to elaborate and to share the 4D trajectory information for planning purposes, enabling better quality air traffic management (ATM) planning across the European ATM network. The project provides a first step towards SESAR trajectory-based operations and includes developments in support of the ICAO Flight and Flow Information for a Collaborative Environment (FF-ICE).


The following improvements to our current systems will be implemented as part of this project: 

  • FF-ICE/1 step 1 - implementation of flight planning services allowing the submission of flight plans that include 4D trajectory information, aircraft performance data, and other FF-ICE/1 elements, such as the globally unique flight identifier (GUFI) and version, via system-wide information management (SWIM) and using the flight information exchange model (FIXM);
  • FF-ICE/1 step 2 - implementation of the FF-ICE planning service with the associated negotiation processes and the trial service. Implement distribution of FF-ICE flight plan to ATC and airports;
  • flight object (FOS) - system upgrades necessary to integrate the EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) system within the flight object services (FOS) network, supporting the exchanging of information both in planning and execution phases;
  • operational air traffic (OAT) flight planning - implementation of reception, processing and distribution, by NM systems, of flight plans for flights that operate as OAT;
  • visual flight rules (VFR) flight planning - implementation of reception, processing and distribution, by NM systems, of flight plans for flights that operate as VFR;
  • integration of extended projected profile (EPP) - ensuring a consistent view on the flight trajectory between air and ground systems;
  • quality of airspace and flight plan data - system upgrades to allow the exchange of airspace and flight trajectory data between NM and non-EUR states, with the aim of improving predictability and optimising ATFM planning.


Better traffic predictability for better anticipation of traffic clustering and definition of dynamic demand capacity balancing solutions.

More accurate input to arrival management processes, airspace users and airport operators access to more accurate flight information for local planning purposes. OAT integration is expected to enhance the processes associated with determining demand, enabling better resource allocation in support of advanced flexible use of airspace.

VFR integration enforces the harmonisation of validation rules, which will benefit the airspaces users and facilitate the execution of the international VFR flights.

Early implementation of FF-ICE by NM, ensuring consistency with ICAO 2012 and supporting mixed mode operations, allows for a progressive migration of aircraft operators, air navigation service providers and airports.

Acknowledge EU funding square

This project has been co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.