The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) has endorsed 13 associate members to the SESAR work program, the group announced Monday at the Farnborough Air Show. The SJU was created under European Community law in February 2007 to manage the program’s development phase. Out of the 13 selected associate partners, seven are air navigation service providers and five industry partners; one is an airport operator. The associate members added include Nav Portugal, AvTech of Sweden, Boeing, Belgocontrol, ThalesRaytheon Systems, Consortium LVNL, SKYGUIDE, ONDA (Moroccan Airports Authority), Lockheed Martin U.K., Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, NATS Services, SEA Aeroporti di Milano S.p.A., and Thales Australia.
“Our new associate partners will bring in their specific experience and know-how. We now have 21 air navigation service providers participating in the EU ATM modernisation programme. We are particularly delighted to also welcome non-EU members on board of the SESAR ship; this demonstrates our commitment to developing interoperable solutions”, says Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking.