On May 6, a long-term solution to Europe’s air traffic control congestion problems came a giant step closer with the launch of the Single European Sky (SES) development phase.
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Aircraft operators have been forced to add new technology to meet updated requirements since the 1950s, but nothing ever seems to come off aircraft, one air traffic expert noted recently.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA are forming a permanent global industry advisory group to gather input on the development of new communication, navigation and surveillance technologies and new air traffic management concepts.
A consortium of academia and industry participants has launched a four-year program to evaluate the air traffic management (ATM) processes required to handle the forecast doubling, and perhaps tripling, of air traffic by 2025.
The Single European Sky (SES), officially launched in 2004, is the single biggest air traffic management (ATM) initiative ever undertaken in Europe. Its main aim is to provide wholesale structural reform of a deeply fragmented regulatory framework to provide a seamless ATM system.
European Commission vice president Jacques Barrot and Eurocontrol director general Victor Aguado came to the show yesterday to announce the go-ahead for a potential e2 billion ($2.44 billion)-plus investment in Europe’s Sesame air traffic modernization program.
Honeywell is warning lawmakers in Washington to stop stalling over plans for air traffic management (ATM) funding. By contrast, he said that their European counterparts have more quickly confronted the problem.
China has been emerging lately as a truly global player in commerce and tourism, but as the Beijing Olympic Games approach in 2008, followed by the Shanghai World Expo two years later, the country must solve major infrastructural, cultural and equipment issues.
Looking to the future of air traffic management, that is, beyond 2010, SESAR (single European sky ATM research) hopefully will pave the way for how the ATM network copes with the doubling of traffic by 2020. Building on previous programs, SESAR will involve all the stakeholders and attempt to provide a global, coherent approach, whereby everyone will agree to changes and accept them.
In the last few years, the development of air traffic management in Europe has been based on the idea of creating a seamless upper airspace zone called the Single European Sky (SES). This, and its operating system, Sesar, are seen as essential to providing the paradigm shift in the way European ATM functions.