ATM Modernization

New SESAR2020 Project Aims to Optimize Airspace Operations

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | November 15, 2016


[Avionics Magazine 11-15-2016] The Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking’s (SESAR JU) SESAR2020 program is preparing to begin the “Optimized Airspace Users Operations” project. The project aims to improve processes for airspace users to their interaction with ATM Network Operations. 
 
 
Photo: Eurocontrol.
 
According to Eurocontrol, which is taking the lead on the project, the heart of the Optimized Airspace Users Operations project is an improved Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) process that takes into account airspace users’ evolving business needs. Named “PJO7,” the project will develop the following three solutions: 

 
1.  “Airspace Users Processes for Trajectory Definition“, will develop requirements and validate procedures and workflows for flight operation centers enabling them to interact better with other ATM stakeholders, and especially with the Network Manager, with regard to trajectory definition (long and short term). This will also ensure continuity in the CDM process throughout the trajectory lifecycle. 
 
2. “Airspace Users Fleet Priorities and Preferences Processes (UDPP)”, aims at integrating smoothly the priorities and preferences of airspace users via collaborative processes at airports and in Network DCB processes, allowing those processes to perform multi-criteria optimization tasks involving many stakeholders. This solution will also address how UDPP can be used by airspace users that are not regular users at a given airport – a category that typically includes business and general aviation airspace users.
 
3. “Military Trajectory-driven Processes”, has the same major objective as the first solution, but is aimed at wing operations centers, and will focus in its first phase on harmonizing military flight plans and integrating military traffic intentions into the overall European ATM network.
 

The first wave of project PJ07 will run until the end of 2019, by which time the three solutions will have reached a higher level of maturity via the definition and execution of several validation exercises. 

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