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TOPIC : Arrival Management Extended to En-route airspace

Topic identifier: SESAR-VLD1-01-2016
Publication date: 15 December 2016

Types of action: SESAR-IA Innovation action
Opening date:
15 December 2016
Deadline: 11 May 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-SESAR-2016
Work Programme Part: SESAR Work Plan 2016
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The demonstration will demonstrate the benefits for Airspace User (AU) in the operation of cross-border Arrival Management systems (AMAN) with an extended horizon in accordance with the Pilot Common Project (PCP)[1] First Air Traffic Management (ATM) Functionality (AF#1), as well as the demonstration of AU involvement in the operation of two AMAN-related advanced concepts: the Target Time (TT) management concept and the Arrival Flexibility (A-FLEX) concept, which connect the Extended AMAN concept to the PCP Fourth ATM Functionality (AF#4).

With reference to the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, this topic covers Section 3.5.4, sub Work area 2.1 topic a).

Specific challenge

The use of an extended horizon for Arrival Management (AMAN) creates an overlap in terms of look-ahead time between queue management processes and Air Traffic Flow Control Management (ATFCM) Target Time (TT) management processes, as well as introducing an increased need for cross-border coordination. These challenges also create new opportunities for the development of operating methods that make it possible the increased participation of AUs through Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Processes, including A-FLEX processes. The active involvement of AUs in this demonstration is needed for the evaluation in a live environment of these concepts and the quantification of their benefits.


Extended AMAN and TT management have been subject to research and development in the SESAR programme, with deployment-ready results published as solution packs (SESAR Solution 5, Extended Arrival Management Horizon, and SESAR solution 18, Calculated Takeoff Time (CTOT) and Target Time of Arrival (TTA)). The Extended AMAN, the AFLEX and the TT management concepts are subject to continuing current Industrial Research (IR) and Very Large Scale Demonstration (VLD) activities within the SESAR 2020 programme. This project will demonstrate the airspace user perspective of these concepts, and it must ensure that its activities are to be coordinated with parallel projects working in this area. In particular, this action follows on from the Project PJ25 XSTREAM funded under call H2020-SESAR-2015-2.

Consortia applying to this topic must include at least one AU, and they may include additional entities provided their role in supporting the demonstration from the AU perspective is adequately justified in the proposal. Participation of AUs with a variety of airframe/engine configurations so as to be representative of the fleet composition currently operating in Europe is considered as significant added value. Applicants should demonstrate how their flying programme will provide the benefits expected to be derived from the project.

For the Extended AMAN trials there is no need for specific avionics equipment beyond what is currently required for operating in European airspace, and there will be no need for updating Airline Operations Centre (AOC) systems either. For the demonstration of the TT management and A-FLEX concepts, no avionics modifications are required, but AOC systems and processes may need to be updated.

AUs shall perform the demonstrations in collaboration with parallel demonstration projects dealing with the same subject to develop the concept of the demonstrations, participation in activities preparing the trials, participation in periodic follow-up meetings, production of all the documentation related to the demonstration as well as results dissemination and communication activities. Output from the demonstration shall include a report by each participating AU containing a full analysis of the impact of the procedures on AU performance.

Participating AUs will not need to dispatch any flights for the sole purpose of the demonstrations, i.e. participation shall always be through revenue flights. The demonstration flights shall land at the following major European Hubs: London Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris CDG/ORLY, or Zurich; their route must overfly one or more of the following ACCs: Maastricht, Reims, Paris, London, Karlsruhe, Brest, Shannon, Prestwick, Langen, Munich, Genève, Marseille, or Bordeaux.

The consortium shall provide support to the ANSPs running the demonstrations in which they participate through this grant all along the demonstration lifecycle. This expected support includes collaboration for developing the concept of the demonstrations, participation in activities preparing the trials, periodic follow-up meetings and support for the production of all the documentation related to the demonstration, as well as participation in the demonstration dissemination and communication activities. Output from the demonstration shall include a report by each participating AU containing a full analysis of the impact of the procedures on AU performance.

The consortium shall provide to the ANSP running the demonstrations in which they participate relevant data from their demonstration flights for the operational evaluation of the performance of the concepts under demonstration. These data may include, among others, questionnaires or other feedback by airline staff (flight-crews and/or Airline Operations Centre (AOC) personnel), fuel burn data (potentially including suitably aggregated and de-identified FDR data), scheduling and punctuality data and descent efficiency data.

Applicants should note that all flights operating in the areas where SESAR extended AMAN demonstrations are taking place will need to comply with all instructions issued by ATC that originate from the extended AMAN concept (typically speed commands or lateral route revisions).

Expected Impact:

The demonstration will pave the way for implementing the E-AMAN as required in the PCP Regulation i.e. within an integrated global collaborative management of arrivals, including Airports, ACCs and Airlines, as well as for the implementation of the related advanced concepts AFLEX and advanced TT management. The objective is to reduce ATFCM and Arrival Sequencing and Metering Area (ASMA) delays in the TMA/E-TMA and also to increase flight efficiency. Results of the demonstration should quantify performance improvements resulting from the demonstration flights, using, as a minimum, relevant KPAs from the performance framework defined in the ATM Master Plan.

[1]EC IR (EU) No 716/2014

Topic conditions and documents

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  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
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  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme and in the SJU Annual Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the SJU proposal template in the electronic submission system
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in the SJU Annual Work Programme

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

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    Specific provisions and funding rates
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  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
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    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:

    - The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).

    - Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.

    - Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.
  8. SJU Additional documents:

    ER/VLD Call Technical Specifications
    SJU Annual Work Programme

    ATM Master Plan
    Project Execution Guidance for SESAR 2020 VLD (VLD1)
    Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
    Horizon 2020 Specific Programme  


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