Single European Sky

Single European Sky is an ambitious bid to reform the architecture of European air traffic control to meet future capacity and safety needs.

Improved air traffic and aircraft positioning and communication technologies, such as GALILEO - which are at the heart of the Single European Sky - offer opportunities for significant improvements in the efficiency and safety of air travel. Visit: European Commission

Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) is the name given to the collaborative project that is intended to completely overhaul the European airspace and its Air Traffic Management (ATM) using those advanced technologies. Visit: SESAR Joint Undertaking

Inmarsat, ESA sign Iris Precursor partnership

Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety service is to play an integral part in the future European air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure. Inmarsat has signed a contract with … More ››

Space Odyssey

Flight Tracking A Bonus?

In a similar way to today’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), the communication equipment being developed under Iris Precursor is being designed to accommodate a location message in the protocol as well as its principal aim of providing a greater communication traffic load.

This cost-effective location message approach came from work launched in response to the Air France AF447 tragedy under the SESAR SAT-OPTIMI study.

Following the tragic loss of Flight 447 over the Atlantic in June 2009, the European Commission asked the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) to find solutions for the better tracking of aircraft in oceanic and remote low density airspace.

The consortium responsible for the Oceanic Position Tracking Improvement & Monitoring (OPTIMI) project delivered their report to the SESAR Joint Undertaking with recommendations regarding technical, operational, economic and regulatory changes.  

The recommendations were the basis for a second study in 2010 called, SAT-OPTIMI, which assessed short to-medium timeframe innovations in satellite systems development enabling global coverage.

While black box or flight data recorder (FDR) data streaming is not associated with 4D operations, in principle any data that fits within the available communications bandwidth can be transmitted in an emergency if it is connected in the aircraft and the FDR has the data compression and output necessary - although that does not exist today.

Managing the forecast boom in air traffic safely while driving down costs is driving Europe to adopt satellite-based data exchange. Aimée Turner examines how Europe … More ››

Eurocontrol, EDA team on SESAR

Eurocontrol and the European Defence Agency (EDA) have taken an important step to strengthen their cooperation by signing a joint work programme covering the coming … More ››

Borealis appoints Subotic as executive director

Borealis, the European alliance of air navigation service providers has appointed Branka Subotic as its executive director. Currently a senior consultant with NATS Services – … More ››

Market Approach


Addressing European transport ministers in Rome last week, Richard Deakin, the chief executive of UK air traffic services provider NATS, urged the European Commission to … More ››

Danube, Blue Med FABs team on optimisation

The members of the Blue Med and Danube FABs are to work together on enhancing cooperation in ATM in their respective airspace regions. This initiative … More ››

EU nations must cede more control: Bulc

European nations must demonstrate far more flexibility if the Single European Sky is to fulfil its mission to prevent gridlock and decline. Speaking at a … More ››

Remote tower tech receives final green light

Saab along with the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider (LFV), have received final operational approval from the Swedish Transport Agency for the remote operation of … More ››

Europe selects future ATM showcase projects

European research chiefs have selected 15 large scale demonstration projects aimed at more extensively showcasing the benefits that advanced air traffic management solutions can bring … More ››

Nav Canada completes transatlantic flight trials

An efficiency initiative led by NAV CANADA has successfully demonstrated the viability and safety of aircraft varying speeds (Mach) and altitudes while transiting the unsurveilled … More ››