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24 March 2008
24. March 2008 Commercial Aircraft

A single sky for Europe


The definition phase of SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management System Research) is nearing completion under the direction of an Airbus-led effort. Its objective is to develop a new air traffic management system for Europe, reducing or eliminating bottlenecks that could effect European air traffic growth.

A new air traffic management system is on the horizon, thanks to the work of an Airbus team. Airbus is leading the definition phase project of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management System Research (SESAR), launched in 2006, and nearing completion.

The objective is to ensure that air traffic management (ATM) issues do not become a bottleneck for European air transport growth and therefore, aim for one single European sky connecting with a global reach.

The ATM master plan, which is currently being finalised, defines all steps, from technical to legislative, concerning how ATM will be managed in the future. The second stage of the project will be the SESAR development phase, where research and development will detail how the new ATM system will work. Airbus has submitted proposals to become the ATM architect in Europe, while also working on all aircraft-related issues.

Airbus' aim is to be at the forefront of all aircraft ATM-related topics and to support the growth of the air transport industry. This starts with the SESAR programme by becoming the European architect for ATM, connecting all the different systems under one umbrella.

The new ATM will be environmentally-friendly, as flights will take shorter, more direct routes, thus reducing fuel burn. Implementation steps will begin next year, and it is hoped that SESAR will be fully deployed by 2020.

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