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With more than 7,500 aircraft entering service in Europe over the next two decades, the European Union has to move fast into the next phase of the Single European Sky.

A few days ago the Commission adopted two new regulations to advance the implementation of both the SES and the deployment phase of SESAR, the programme to develop the technology to implement and support the SES.

The Commission announced that it will use four mechanisms to support the SESAR deployment strategy. The deployment programme will provide clear directions for implementation. Governance mechanisms will ensure that all the key stakeholders are involved in the process and together can define and drive the deployment roadmap. Common projects will help to ensure that member states collaborate successfully. And targeted incentives will support the implementation of SESAR’s common projects. The first common project is set to be adopted early in 2014.

When fully deployed, SESAR will undergird a modernised air traffic management system that is intended to triple current airspace capacity, increase safety by a factor of 10, cut airline costs by 50 percent, and reduce air travel’s environmental impact by 10 percent – as the Commission points out in its press release.

Also the Commission laid out the framework for the next phase of SES performance target negotiations in 2015 to 2019. The negotiations will set binding targets for member states to deliver better ATM services under SES. These targets are intended to reference the four benchmarks (capacity, safety, costs, and environmental impact) and must focus on outcomes rather than inputs to ensure ATM progress is being made.

Boeing believes that SESAR’s implementation will be most successful with industry-wide collaboration and partnership. Therefore, the process should include participation by all stakeholders, including airlines, air navigation service providers, manufacturers, and military operators. As an active SESAR participant itself, Boeing fully supports the development of the Single European Sky. It also emphasizes the importance of cooperation between the EU SESAR and the US Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen ATM modernisation program — the two systems must be interoperable to meet the needs of the 21st century economy and air travellers. Both SESAR and NextGen should be deployed and linked in such a way as to ensure competition and cost-efficiency for all users across the airspace.


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