Ongoing demonstrations as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking – for which Airbus is playing a leading role – are providing tangible evidence of the benefits offered by its solutions to increase air traffic management (ATM) and overall aviation performance in Europe.
This was the central conclusion from the Airbus-hosted SESAR demonstration activities workshop held 28-29 October in Toulouse, France – which brought together more than 50 SESAR participants to discuss the results achieved so far, as well as to reveal projected plans from a selection of recently-launched larger scale demonstrations.
The workshop participants, representing a wide range of ATM stakeholders across Europe and beyond, illustrated through their presentations how the SESAR demonstrations are addressing all parts of the ATM value chain – from high-performing airport operations and optimised ATM network services, to advanced air traffic services enabled by a state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure.
A total of 30,000 related flight trials have been conducted to date, with a number of them proving that some solutions are ready for implementation. In addition, these demonstrations act as a bridge between development and deployment – helping to reduce the time to market and industrialisation worldwide. Demonstrations also provide a large-scale operational environment to ensure that SESAR solutions are globally applicable and interoperable.
Speaking about the quality of results presented during the workshop, Alain Siebert, Chief Economist and Master Planning of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, said: “This has been an excellent opportunity to see first-hand that SESAR demonstrations are delivering evidence that SESAR solutions not only work on paper, but also in day-to-day operations, paving the way for wide scale implementation in Europe and the world.”
Airbus is the third largest contributor to SESAR – bringing airborne operational and technical expertise to the programme, and focusing efforts on the definition and validation of concepts that require interaction between air and ground operators and systems.
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