European ATM Master Plan - implementation report - level 3

The European ATM Master Plan Level 3 (MPL3) implementation report provides a holistic view of the progress made by ECAC States in implementing commonly agreed actions in the context of the implementation of SESAR programme.

The European ATM Master Plan (hereafter referred to as ‘the Master Plan’) is the main planning tool for setting the ATM priorities and ensuring that the SESAR Target Concept becomes a reality.

The Master Plan is an evolving roadmap and the result of strong collaboration between all ATM stakeholders. As the technological pillar of the SES initiative, SESAR contributes to achieving the SES High-Level Goals and supports the SES regulatory framework.

The Master Plan details not only a high-level view of what is needed to be done in order to deliver a high performing ATM system, but also explains why and by when. It therefore sets the framework for the development activities performed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in the perspective also of the deployment activities to be performed by all operational stakeholders under the coordination of the SESAR Deployment Manager and in accordance with the Deployment Programme to ensure overall consistency and alignment.

The Master Plan is structured in three levels available through the European ATM portal; the Level 3 “Implementation view” contains the Implementation Plan enriched with elements from the Implementation Report fed by elements coming from reporting processes, such as the LSSIP (Local Single Sky Implementation.

The Implementation Objectives constitute the backbone of the Level 3 and provide all civil and military implementing parties (ANSPs, Airport Operators, Airspace Users and Regulators) with a basis for short to medium term implementation planning. It also serves as a reference for States/National Supervisory Authorities (NSAs) to fulfil their roles regarding the supervision of safe and efficient provision of air navigation services as well as the timely implementation of SESAR. Together Master Plan Level 3 Implementation Plan and Report based on LSSIP processes constitute the mechanism that enables the ECAC wide implementation monitoring and planning of the Master Plan – recording benefits, alternative solutions implemented, success stories, problems in implementation, etc.

The structure of 2021 Master Plan Level 3 Report (reference year 2020) consists of:

  • Executive Summary that highlights the most important findings of the report;
  • Synoptic View, the view that provides an overview of implementation progress in 2020, per Essential Operational Change (EOC), and gives an outlook of future developments. This view also includes a set of aggregated elements related to the progress of implementation of the SESAR Solutions having been validated by SESAR 1 as well as by SESAR2020 Wave1;
  • Deployment View, the view that provides a detailed analysis of the implementation progress per Level 3 implementation objective, providing also an expected evolution as well as a list of relevant references showing the multiple interdependencies affecting each individual objective. The information is supplemented with a histogram showing the distribution of implementation progress across the States/Airports which have not yet finalised the deployment;
  • Annexes that provide support documents for easier reading and understanding of the report, mostly mappings between Master Plan elements. It also provides an insight into the standardisation and regulatory needs associated to the SESAR Solutions.

The main information sources for the production of this document remain the LSSIP State reports, which have been developed based on the provisions of the Master Plan Level 3 2020 Implementation Plan, including the associated implementation dates. The above mentioned State reports reflect the implementation statuses and plans as available on 31 December 2020. This reference year corresponds to the harshest crisis the European and world aviation has ever seen. However, notwithstanding the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation, the implementation progress of the Master Plan Level 3 was steady and even unexpected, with advances in implementation recorded all across the ECAC area. For 32 Implementation Objectives (excluding the “local” ones) at least one State/Airport has reported completion in 2020, with substantial progress recorded in particular for the infrastructure related implementation objectives.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the progress achieved in 2020 shows the resilience of the European ATM and gives confidence that the European ATM system will certainly build back better and will be ready to deliver when the increase in air traffic will require.

The Master Plan Level 3 implementation report 2021 has been officially delivered to the SJU on 29 June and is pending acceptance.

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European ATM Master Plan level 3 - implementation report (2021)