SESAR: Digitalising and decarbonising Europe’s airspace
Leah Hockley, International Airport Review’s Junior Editor, spoke to Nicolas Warinsko, SESAR Deployment Manager’s General Manager, regarding SESAR’s goal to digitalise the European airspace.
SDM and the European aviation industry
The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) is a function that works to synchronise and coordinate the deployment of Common Projects, which are Commission Implementing Regulations that mandate the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European air traffic management (ATM) master plan by the member states of the European Union (EU) and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM function is performed by an aviation industry alliance composed of the leading European airlines, airports and air navigation service providers. In short, SDM is industry for industry and is coordinating the deployment of SESAR ATM modernisation in Europe.
Digitalisation is full data services everywhere in Europe, for every flight
Nicolas Warinsko, SESAR Deployment Manager General Manager, explained further: “If we take SESAR at large – definition, research and development and, eventually, deployment of projects – all of this is about modernising the European ATM system as part of the wider Single European Sky initiative of the EU. SDM is one of the main contributors to the high-level goals of this policy and, even more these days, to the environmental performance of aviation.”