SESAR Joint Undertaking

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SESAR Joint Undertaking is the European public-private partnership that is managing the development phase of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Programme that will give Europe a high-performance Air Traffic Management infrastructure which will enable the safe and environmentally friendly development of air transport.

The objectives of this programme are, by 2020, to save the following, on average, per flight:

  • 8 to 14 minutes
  • 300 to 500 kg of fuel
  • 948 to 1575 kg of CO2


SESAR aims at developing the new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years.

  • Its first phase (the "definition" phase) delivered the ATM master plan[1] that defines the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems.
  • The "development" phase (2008-2013) will produce the required new generation of technological systems, components and operational procedures as defined in the SESAR ATM Master Plan and Work Programme.
  • The "deployment" phase (2014-2020) will see the large scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure, composed of fully harmonised and interoperable components guaranteeing high performance air transport activities in Europe.

Legal basis[edit]

Taking into account the number of actors involved and the financial resources and technical expertise needed, a legal entity, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, was created under Community law [2][3] on 27 February 2007 to manage the funds assigned to the SESAR project during its Development Phase.

Funding and budget[edit]

The total estimated cost of the development phase of SESAR is € 2.1 billion, to be shared equally between the European Community, Eurocontrol and the industry ((€350 million European Commission, €350 Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency), €700 million Eurocontrol, €700 million industry).


The SESAR Joint Undertaking was created under European Community law on 27 February 2007 with Eurocontrol and the European Commission as founding members. In addition to the two founding members, 15 organisations have signed a membership agreement with the SESAR JU. The programme can such profit from the expertise of airport operators, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), ground and aerospace manufacturing industry, aircraft manufacturers, and airborne equipment manufacturers:

Associate partners[edit]

With the endorsement of 13 associate partners in July 2010, the SESAR Joint Undertaking included additional companies with very different profiles and expertise from around the world in the SESAR work programme. Those are:


The SESAR programme will be executed by the 16 members and represents about 300 projects grouped into Work Packages:

  • WP 3: Validation Infrastructure Adaptation and Integration
  • WP 4: En-route operations
  • WP 5: Terminal operations
  • WP 6: Airport operations
  • WP 7: Network operations
  • WP 8: Information management
  • WP 9: Aircraft systems
  • WP 10: En-Route & Approach ATC Systems
  • WP 11: Flight and Wing Operations Centres / Meteorological Services
  • WP 12: Airport Systems
  • WP 13: Network Information Management System
  • WP 14: SWIM Technical Architecture
  • WP 15: Non-Avionic CNS System
  • WP 16: R&D Transversal Areas
  • WP B: Target Concept and Architecture Maintenance
  • WP C: Master Plan Maintenance
  • WP E: SESAR Long Term and Innovative Research

In early 2011, SESAR issued SESAR Release 2011,[7] a document presenting to the aviation community new or improved air traffic management solutions at a preindustrialisation stage ready for deployment. Concretely, 29 validation exercises conducted by the SESAR members all over Europe will be completed by end 2011. Those exercises will cover the areas of efficient and green terminal airspace operations, the initial 4D trajectory, end to end traffic synchronisation, as well as integrated and collaborative network management.

SESAR JU staff[edit]

The SESAR Joint Undertaking is composed of around 40 staff, and the executive director is Florian Guillermet.[8] Previous CEO Patrick Ky is now at EASA.


  1. ^ ATM master plan
  2. ^ COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 219/2007 on the establishment of a Joint Undertaking to develop the new generation European air traffic management system (SESAR) [1]
  3. ^ COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) 1361/2008, amending Council Regulation 219/2007 to make SJU a "full" European Community Body as of January 1st 2009 [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ NATMIG
  7. ^ SESAR Release 2011
  8. ^ Florian Guillermet

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