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Concepts and systems

The work to develop, validate and optimise future concepts, procedures and systems in air traffic management is carried out as part of national and international programmes and projects.
Within the scope of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme, our R&D experts represent the interests of DFS in their respective projects. The SESAR programme is, along with the FABEC initiative (Functional Airspace Block Europe Central), a major element in the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation. SESAR forms the operational and technical basis for future air traffic management through the development of a uniform ATM system by 2020.

We have experts with many years of experience on the national and European stage who have the operational expertise of changes and innovations in ATM procedures to be able to define and validate concepts. They are in a position to analyse, for example, the use of new planning and support tools at controller working positions or analyse novel procedures for air traffic control, while taking into consideration such issues as new airspace users like unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

In the field of technology, we also have experts who know and master the technical performance and the potential benefits of new system developments in the areas of communications and surveillance, so-called enabling technologies. For performing the associated assessments, our laboratory has a state-of-the-art integrated test environment, for example, for surveillance systems. This environment is continuously adjusted to new requirements and developments.