CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, has welcomed the launch of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, and has warned that the appropriate allocation of the SESAR resources should be focused on delivering operational benefits rather than on pure technological solutions.
CANSO Director of European Affairs Marie Desseaux said: To ensure efficient European air traffic management ANSPs have agreed to make their R&D resources, operational procedures and standardisation proposals available to SESAR. However CANSO members are convinced that SESAR resources should be beneficial to the users of the ATM network, i.e. the airlines, airports and ANSPs. The aviation community is moving to a performance-driven approach in which over-reliance on technological products needs to be avoided. We also propose that the European Union should allocate significant TEN-T funds to support SESAR. Along with road and rail, ATM is an important part of the European transport infrastructure, requiring EU-wide synchronised implementation for which TEN-T funds are essential. CANSO also proposes that the SESAR governance be agreed to ensure effective implementation. CANSO Secretary-General Alexander ter Kuile commented: CANSO believes that the SESAR consultation and decision-making process needs strengthening in order to better align the investment and operational plans of the various stakeholders, for the benefit of the European ATM network.