The programme for modernization of Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Europe (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research and Development – SESAR) is the technological pillar of Single European Sky (SES). The objective is the development of new and innovative technological solutions in order to assist in the achievement of SES objectives. SESAR is the mechanism which aims at the synchronization of all ATM research and development activities, by uniting the efforts of a wide diversity of experts for the development of a new-generation functionalities for ATM.
The SESAR Deployment & Infrastructure Partnership (SDIP) is the organization which has been selected by the European Commission (EC) to perform the SESAR Deployment Manager – SDM function. Its main goal is to synchronize and coordinate the modernization of the European ATM system. The governance is driven by the SDIP members, representing a large majority on all fronts in European ATM/aviation, such as airlines, airports, Air Navigation Service Providers and EUROCONTROL. The main task of the SDM is to develop, update and present to EC for approval and to the stakeholders for implementation the SESAR Deployment Programme.
Currently the Programme includes the Common Project 1 – CP1, established by the EC with Regulation (EU) No. 2021/116, supporting the implementation of the European ATM Master Plan. The Programme shall also encompass the subsequent common projects which shall be introduced by future regulations. Through the Deployment Programme SDM ensures effective synchronization and coordination of the common deployment projects, as well as the related investments. The tasks of SDM are described in Art. 9 of Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 409/2013.
SESAR Deployment Manager coordinates and synchronizes the implementation of new technologies and solutions, which have passed through stages of tests and validation, managed by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking 3 – S3JU, providing significant benefits to the airspace users, increasing a number of indicators (safety, airspace capacity, flight efficiency, including the reduction of the environmental impact). The increase of these indicators shall contribute for the improvement of the competitiveness of the European ATM system compared to this system in other world regions.
Six main ATM functional areas with a number of functionalities for the improvement of the ATM processes are defined in the Common Project 1. The implementation of these functionalities is mandatory for the whole European Union in accordance with the geographical scope of the Regulation. BULATSA is part of the organizations, participating in the of SESAR Deployment and aims to contribute to the synchronized implementation of those functionalities.
In accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 2021/116, BULATSA participates in the implementation of the SESAR Deployment Programme. In 2015 BULATSA applied with three project proposals (one independently and two in a group of partners) for co-funding of SESAR Deployment activities under the Cohesion package of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Call 2015).
- Traffic Complexity Assessment Tool (tCAT), with project time frame: 2016 – 2020;
- NewPENS – Stakeholders contribution for the procurement and deployment of NewPENS, with project time frame: 2016 – 2019.
In 2016, BULATSA applied (independently and in partnership with leading companies from the aviation industry) for financing under the Cohesion package with four new project proposals for activities within the programme implementation as follows:
- Local Security Operation Centre;
- SWIM Governance Project;
- Datalink Path II Project;
- GATE Free Route Airspace (GO FRA) feasibility study (within the platform for cooperation GATE ONE).
- IP – 1: Data Link Services (DLS) European Target Solution assessment;
- SWIM Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
All projects have been coordinated with the competent authorities of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) on the specified above activities. They all contribute to improving the quality of air navigation services (ANS) and fulfilling the CP1 requirements.