Posted on: 18 May 2010 by Mark Howells
Following an open call for tenders, the SESAR Joint Undertaking has signed a framework contract with the European Low Fares Airlines Association (ELFAA) to include the expertise of three of the association’s members – Ryanair, Jet 2.com and Flybe – in the execution of the SESAR work programme.
The mission of the SESAR programme is to enhance the capacity, safety and efficiency of the European ATM network while reducing the environmental impact per flight by 10%. To do so, the SESAR Joint Undertaking has created an effective partnership between airlines, airports, manufacturing industry and air navigation service providers. Apart from its 15 members and Eurocontrol, the SESAR Joint Undertaking has so far concluded contracts with staff associations, major airlines, business and general aviation, as well as air transport associations. The academic world is integrated through a dedicated work package and the SESAR Scientific Committee.
“Having ELFAA on board SESAR is essential,” confirmed Patrick Ky, executive director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. “We need the involvement of all air transport actors to ensure applicability and acceptance of the SESAR technologies and procedures. The diversity of our members and partners is the key to success of our programme and ELFAA helps us to close one more gap.”
John Hanlon, secretary general of ELFAA, noted, “ELFAA has for some time already been closely engaged with the SESAR Joint Undertaking and we share the same objectives. ELFAA and SESAR are about increasing safety, efficiency and capacity with reduced impact on the environment. SESAR is what we need, and we will contribute to make SESAR an affordable reality.”
The SESAR Joint Undertaking seeks support in all airspace users’ domains which interact with the air traffic management system. This will include:
• flight operations, in particular in the area of fuel conservation;
• flight planning processes and supporting systems;
• aircraft system specifications (avionics);
• production control processes (OCC) and supporting systems;
• production planning processes (aircraft scheduling, network management) and supporting systems;
• crew training (including licensing, recruitment, and so on);
• cost and revenue evaluation.