Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the framework programme for research and innovation from the European Union. It aims to create an EU-wide society that is supported by knowledge and innovation, to foster European competitiveness and to promote sustainable growth. Overall, 80 billion EUR will be made available from 2014 to 2020.

Funding from HORIZON 2020 is used to finance all the activities of SESAR 2020 as part of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. DFS plays an important role in this regard.

In SESAR, new and improved technologies and procedures for air traffic management are defined, developed and progressed to the implementation stage as so-called SESAR Solutions.

The objective is to allow airspace users to fly four-dimensional (4D) trajectory flights, i.e. to conduct flights along a desired flight path in a desired time frame. The technologies and procedures required are being progressed to the stage where they will be ready to use. This is taking place in a series of steps in the form of specifications and prototypes. The ultimate step is 4D trajectory-based air traffic management.

During SESAR 1 (2009-2016), material progress was made in implementing the objectives. In the follow-up programmes SESAR 2020 Wave 1 (2016-2019) and SESAR 2020 Wave 2 (2020-2022), issues will be finalised and further relevant matters dealt with.

DFS is involved in the following projects under SESAR 2020 Wave 1:

PJ.01 Enhanced arrivals and departures

PJ.03a Integrated Surface Management

PJ.03b Airport Safety Nets

PJ.05 Remote Tower for Multiple Airports

PJ.08 Advanced Airspace Management

PJ.10 Separation Management En-Route and TMA


PJ.15 Common Services


PJ.17 SWIM Infrastructures

PJ.18 4D Trajectory Management

PJ.19 Content Integration

PJ.20 Master plan maintenance

PJ.24 Network Collaborative Management

PJ.25 Arrival Management extended to en-route Airspace

PJ.31 Initial Trajectory Information Sharing

Augmented Approaches to Land (AAL) 2
As part of the project, live trials are to demonstrate that small and medium-sized airports can be safely approached for landings under CAT II conditions using augmented GNSS, both satellite-based (SBAS) and ground-based (GBAS). DFS is working together with the partners, Honeywell, Lufthansa and Ryanair. The part of the project that DFS is involved in aims to demonstrate in live trials that GBAS CAT II approaches with CAT I airborne and ground equipment will enable lower decision heights to CAT II minima.

Concept of Operations for EuRopean UTM Systems (CORUS)