Integrated surface management

Improving the predictability of ground operations in all weather conditions.

The SUMO project is allocated to the industrial research and validation phase, is being developed under the SESAR Joint Undertaking private public partnership and will contribute to the key feature "High Performing Airport Operations".

The future European ATM system relies on full integration of airports as nodes into the network. In this context, PJ.03a is intended to identify and validate operational and technological solutions aiming at enhancing airport operations. One of the main objectives is to improve the predictability of ground operations in all weather conditions. The implementation of collaborative decision making process involving all relevant stakeholders will ensure optimisation of airport resource allocation. This feature will rely on enhanced integration between aircraft and ground systems, which is expected to be achieved through the full implementation of the SWIM concept.

The efficiency and safety of airport operations will also be increased by improving the current infrastructures and CNS systems.

The availability of more accurate navigation information through the use of GNSS (augmented) systems, an automated switching-on/off of taxiway lights and (virtual) stop bars by means of the AGL service, data link information exchange between controllers and pilots/vehicles and the on-board availability of advanced vision systems will result in increased situational awareness, with an impact on safety.

PJ.03a will also focus on the integration of RPAS surface operations into airport operations to ensure maximum possible compliance with the existing rules and regulations defined for an environment dominated by manned aviation.

All those aspects will be assessed through ad hoc validation activities (both FTS and RTS) in different airport environments with different validation platforms in order to increase the significance of the results on the basis of a broad range of representative layouts.


PJ03a-01 - Enhanced guidance assistance to aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface combined with routing.

Our role

EUROCONTROL contributes to the development and validation of the advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) guidance concept, in particular through real-time simulations.


Enhanced airport operations and increased efficiency and safety.