Workshop to examine progress on Air Traffic Management interoperability standards

An open workshop is to take place in March that will review progress in standardization in support of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative and set the directions for future work. The workshop is being organized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), with the coordination of the Air Traffic Management Standards Coordination Group (ATMSCG).
Following on from a similar event in 2008, this workshop aims to raise awareness about the standardization activities and the processes involved, and to draw conclusions from recent experiences in developing Community Specifications under the SES Interoperability Regulation (552/2004/EC, as amended). Community Specifications are key components in achieving interoperability within the European Air Traffic Management Network.

The workshop programme includes presentations from the European Standards Organizations and the European Commission, as well as from international bodies, agencies and organizations directly or indirectly involved in the SES initiative. These include EUROCONTROL, EUROCAE, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Industry Consultation Body (ICB) Interoperability Sub-Group and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO).

The workshop will take place on 17 March 2011 at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels. For registration and event information:

About the Single European Sky initiative
The Single European Sky (SES) is an ambitious initiative to reform the architecture of European air traffic control to meet future capacity and safety needs. The Interoperability Regulation forms part of a package of legislation on air traffic management aimed at the creation of a Single European Sky.

The aim of this Regulation is to achieve interoperability between the different systems, constituents and associated procedures in the European air traffic management network and to ensure the introduction of new agreed and validated concepts of operations and technology in air traffic management.

About Community Specifications
Community Specifications are a class of technical standards that are referenced as such in a listing in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Systems, procedures and constituents which meet these Community Specifications are presumed to be compliant with mandatory rules (essential requirements of the interoperability regulation and implementing rules). The SES Interoperability Regulation defines Community Specifications as:
  • European standards for systems or constituents, together with the relevant procedures, drawn up by the European Standards Organizations in cooperation with EUROCAE, on a mandate from the European Commission under Directive 98/34/EC;  
  • EUROCONTROL specifications on matters of operational coordination between air navigation service providers.
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