Information regarding SESAR - the technical implementation programme for the Single European Sky.

SESAR is the technological and operational dimension of the SES initiative to meet future airspace capacity and safety needs.  It aims to build the future European air traffic management system which will eliminate the fragmented approach to ATM, transform the European ATM system, synchronise the plans and actions of the different partners and federate resources.  With SESAR, the European ATM network will be re-engineered to become more efficient, better integrated, more cost-efficient and safer and environmentally sustainable ATM.  The required changes will be supported and facilitated by accompanying regulatory measures.       

The objectives of the SESAR JU are to:  

  • secure appropriate funding for the programme;
  • define and update the SESAR Work Programme;
  • ensure consistency, efficiency and technical progress in all aspects of the Work Programme;
  • report on development and prepare for implementation of the programme.

SESAR comprises three major phases:

  1. Definition Phase (2005-2008)
  2. Development Phase (2008-2013)
  3. Deployment Phase (2014-2020)

The Definition Phase produced the SESAR Master Plan based on future aviation requirements; the Plan identifies the actions, from research to implementation, needed to achieve SESAR goals from the perspective of each stakeholders group.  The Master Plan was adopted by the Council of Ministers in March 2009.  A revised version was adopted by the SESAR JU Admin Board in October 2013.  The Development Phase will produce the required new generation of technological systems and components as defined in the European ATM Master Plan.  The Deployment Phase will be a large scale production and implementation of the new ATM infrastructure, composed of fully harmonised and interoperable components which guarantee high performance air transport activities in

Further details on the background, composition and work of the SJU are available from the SJU website.