EU to support ANSPs’ IDP Implementation project

17.01.2014.- The European Union will co-finance, with over €45 million from the Trans European Network (TEN-T) Programme, the ANSP IDP Implementation project to coordinate delivery of improved European ATM network performance and end user benefits.

The project, which involves some of the major Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in Europe, was selected for TEN-T support under the 2012 TEN-T Multi Annual Call.  It consists mainly of a multinational implementation of key technological enablers and procedures, in alignment with the Interim Deployment Programme (IDP), developed by the Interim Deployment Steering Group (IDSG) and approved by the Single Sky Committee.

The IDSG is the expert group created by the European Commission to steer the deployment of short term implementation activities identified in the IDP as critical to provide early benefits to ATM Network performance, until the SESAR Deployment governance is in place.  It includes designated experts from the civil and military ATM operational stakeholders (Mil, ANSPs, Airspace users, Airports), the Network Manager (NM), EASA and the SESAR JU (SJU).

The IDP implementation project involves the commitment of leading ANSPs and ATM engineering companies in Europe: ENAV (Italy), as coordinator, AENA (Spain), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), MATS (Malta), NATS (UK), NAV PORTUGAL, FINAVIA (Finland), LGS (Latvia), DCAC (Cyprus), EANS (Estonia), and INECO, including representations of 5 different FABs: BLUEMED, SW FAB, FABEC, UK Ireland FAB and NEFAB.

This wide representation of the ANSP community ensures extensive geographical scope and will foster timely IDP implementation throughout Europe.

Since most of the members are involved in IDSG activities, this is also expected to enhance the IDSG’s work and ensure an effective handover to the future SESAR Deployment Manager.

The A6 Alliance, which submitted the proposal for TEN-T funding together with MATS (Malta), NAV PORTUGAL, DCAC (Cyprus), is key to achieving this important goal, through the coordination role carried out by ENAV, Italy’s ANSP. This reaffirms the A6’s leading role in ANSP participation in planning and coordination activities of the SESAR Deployment.

The A6 alliance is formed of the six ANSP members of the SESAR JU – Aena (Spain), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAV (Italy), NATS (UK) and NORACON – a consortium including Austro Control (Austria), AVINOR (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland), IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark). Collectively the A6 Alliance members control over 70% of European air traffic and 72% of the investment in the European Air Traffic Management infrastructure of the future. The A6 ANSPs are full members of SESAR JU. Their role is to create synergies between the ANSP members of the SESAR JU to maximise customer and network benefits and to provide leadership at a European level in critical technical and strategic areas.Five of Europe’s nine Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) – the geographic pillar of SES - are also represented within the A6. While the FABs are primarily focused on operational performance improvement, the A6 is focused on SESAR development and deployment, SESAR deployment execution (planning, governance, funding), and key strategic areas of A6 common interest related to transport and aviation legislation, industry stakeholders.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has about 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional business units are Aeronautical Solutions (Consulting) and Aeronautical Information Management.