European funding: Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

DFS has concluded grant agreements with the European Commission to implement SESAR through the EU funding instrument Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). (SESAR stands for Single European Sky ATM Research.) The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the European Union's infrastructure funding programme. This programme prioritises the financing of European infrastructure, or trans-European networks (TEN), and covers telecommunications, energy and transport. It is the central funding instrument of the EU to promote the implementation of integrated political objectives at European level to realise an optimised and integrated trans-European transport network. The goal is to generate economic growth, create jobs and boost Europe's competitiveness. For the funding period 2014 to 2020, EUR 22.4 billion has been made available for the transport sector, mostly in the form of competitive calls for proposals.

DFS has concluded two types of grant agreements with the EU to implement SESAR. Firstly, there are grant agreements covering the implementation of 'common projects' concluded with the SESAR Deployment Manager as coordinator. DFS has also concluded direct agreements with the EU through the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) for SESAR implementation projects. These do not require coordination with the SESAR Deployment Manager and therefore fall under 'other projects' rather than common projects.

In the period January 2014 to December 2020, the EU is providing funding for the following SESAR implementation projects as a component of Action 2014-EU-TM-0136-M. These are common projects funded through the SESAR Deployment Manager.

  • A-SMGCS Düsseldorf
    • Introduction of an advanced surface movement guidance and control system at Düsseldorf Airport to display the ground situation
  • ADQ – aeronautical data quality
    • Migration, as a cooperation between the national flight data provider and DFS, of IT systems to handle aeronautical data and exchange aeronautical data in Europe
  • EASI – EAD AIM system integration
    • Replacement of a DFS system with a central EAD (European aeronautical information service database) system
In the period February 2015 to December 2018, the EU is providing funding for the following SESAR implementation projects as a component of Action 2015-EU-TM-0193-M. These are common projects funded through the SESAR Deployment Manager.
  • Deployment of a next-generation VoIP-capable centre voice communication system
    • Implementation of a new state-of-the-art voice communication system that is capable of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) at the DFS control centre in Bremen
  • Deploy AMAN – arrival management at Düsseldorf and Berlin airports
    • Introduction of an arrival management system at Düsseldorf, Cologne Bonn and Berlin airports
  • RAPNET NG
    • Establishment of infrastructure to exchange information that conforms to an internet protocol. This infrastructure is to serve as a basis for the future implementation of SWIM (system-wide information management) functionalities and ATM (air traffic management) data exchange.
In the period February 2015 to December 2020, the EU is providing funding for the following SESAR implementation projects as a component of Action 2015-EU-TM-196-M. These are common projects funded through the SESAR Deployment Manager.
  • Implementation of RNP-based departure operations in high-density terminal control areas (TMA) in Frankfurt (FRA), Düsseldorf (DUS), Berlin (BER) and Munich (MUC)
    • Introduction, as a multi-stakeholder project together with the partners Fraport AG and Deutsche Lufthansa AG, of RNP (required navigation performance) departure routes for Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Munich airports
  • XMAN – cross-centre arrival management
    • Introduction, as a multi-stakeholder project together with the partners DSNA, EUROCONTROL and LVNL, of an arrival manager with an extended horizon for Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and London airports
  • Deploy free route airspace (full FRA) in German airspace
    • Step-by-step introduction of free route airspace in German upper airspace to optimise routes
  • Deployment of air traffic control system iCAS: implementation of ATM PCP (pilot common project) functionalities at LVNL and DFS
    • Implementation, as a multi-stakeholder projects together with the partner LVNL, of a standardised, state-of-the-art air traffic control system at the control centres of DFS and LVNL
  • STANLY_ACOS iSWIM for free route and Network Manager
    • Introduction of services for the timely, coordinated and synchronised exchange of aeronautical information
  • Centralised DFS "Yellow Profile" SWIM node
    • Introduction of services for the timely, coordinated and synchronised exchange of aeronautical information
  • European MET information exchange (MET-GATE)
    • Implementation, as a multi-stakeholder project with DFS as one partner, of new meteorological (MET) infrastructure
In the period February 2015 to December 2020, the EU is providing funding for the following SESAR implementation project as a component of Action 2015-DE-TM-0268-W under the umbrella of other projects:
  • Deploying remote tower control (RTC): implementation of SES by improving performance and modernising ATM for tower service provision in Germany
    • Deployment of remote tower control for Erfurt, Dresden and Saarbrücken airports from the remote tower control centre in Leipzig
In the period February 2015 to December 2020, the EU is providing funding for the following SESAR implementation project as a component of Action 2015-DE-TM-0128-W under the umbrella of other projects:
  • Deploying new radar technologies (MaRS): implementation of SES (single European sky) by improving performance, interoperability and modernising ATM in Germany
    • Introduction of new, optimised radar and surveillance technologies for monitoring and separation in Germany airspace. (MaRS stands for modernisation and replacement of surveillance infrastructure.)