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TOPIC : Applications for improved flight trajectories using SWIM B2B services

Topic identifier: SESAR-VLD1-08-2016
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:

This VLD builds on solution 46, System Wide Information Management.

Aviation is a global industry and interoperability together with global harmonisation are key for its safe and sustained growth, the activities in the scope of this call should address global interoperability demonstrations targeting operational changes that are considered to be on the critical path for ATM modernisation.

The SJU works to promote global interoperability and harmonisation through active engagement in the development and the implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO), Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and its Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBUs). To this end, it has entered into cooperation arrangements with a number of international partners.

The awarded project is expected to set up a global demonstration that involves non-European regions and ATM actors. The consortium should show sufficient involvement of the required stakeholders for the success of the project (ANSPs, Airspace Users, Industries, global partners...).

This demonstration involves the Airspace Users (AUs), the DCB (Demand and Capacity Balancing) units and the ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers) as well as their supporting manufacturing industries in the pre-operational demonstration for the ICAO FF-ICE (Flight and Flow in a Collaborative Environment) step 1 implementation following available ICAO guidance and material. As such, the focus is on the exchange of pre-departure flight data information and applying distribution mechanisms as defined in the ICAO ATMRPP (draft) provisions.

The demonstration will be conducted in a global context in collaboration with international partners, implying that the established interoperability will have a focus beyond the European boundaries. Data exchanges have to be based on the globally standardized FIXM 4.0 format (Flight Information Exchange Model, see including the 4DT (4-Dimensional Trajectory), the FSPD (Flight Specific Performance Data) and the GUFI (Globally Unique Flight Identifier).

Optional activities include the usage of SWIM B2B services for the exchange of updated route planning during the execution of the flight between AU, DCB and ANSP.

With reference to the SJU Annual Work Programme 2016, this topic covers Section 3.5.4, sub Work Area 2.2 topic b).

Consortia applying for this topic must include at least one AU, and may include additional entities provided their role in supporting the demonstration from the AU perspective is adequately justified in the proposal.

SESAR will reach out to its existing network of international partners. In addition an active contribution is expected from the participating parties by using their own global network to expand the community of international partners participating to the SESAR FF-ICE/1 global demonstrations. To demonstrate such active contribution, a letter of intent of non-European partners of consortium members for participation to the global demonstration, could be included in project proposals, bearing in mind that the non-European partner’s effort is not eligible for funding through this call. This approach is similar to the approach used in the SESAR SWIM Global Demonstration 2016.

This demonstration will not only serve as a demonstration, but also serve as a validation of effectiveness of the global interoperability aspects of the ICAO FF-ICE/1 provisions and the supporting FIXM 4.0 elements.


The main scenario is to have an AU with or without supporting CFSP (Computer Flight plan Software Provider) submit an eFPL (Extended Flight Plan) as a filing request to the DCB and participating ANSPs and for those ANSPs to respond accordingly, followed, if necessary, by the required update by the AU.

The expected involvement of parties answering to this open call shall be in accordance to the following terms of reference:

  • Demonstrations will be conducted using pre-operational systems using operational flight data.

  • Providing and/or consuming the 4DT (4-Dimensional Trajectory), the FSPD (Flight Specific Performance Data) and the GUFI (Globally Unique Flight Identifier) is mandatory.

  • Optional demonstrations would aim at demonstrating the use of B2B services for post departure route planning update, and providing feedbacks on the management of an updated route along the ATM chain (including Flow Management units, ATC, AOC, pilots)

  • Participating AUs shall operate outside Europe to one or more regions of one or more international partners of SESAR, and contribute to the demonstration with these intercontinental flights.

The following potential demonstration activities are presented to assist applicants to scope their proposals. However, the list should not be considered prescriptive or exhaustive, and applicants may expand or reorganise the issues as required to present cost-effective demonstrations:

  • Contribute to and review demonstration approach, operational scenario and technical architecture

  • Contribute to, review and apply service definitions exchanged through the SWIM registry

  • Prepare pre-operational systems to support FF-ICE/1 and FIXM 4.0

  • Participate to the various phases of the dry-runs with international partners

  • connectivity testing

  • scenario testing

  • demonstration dress rehearsal

  • Conduct and record flights with support of pre-operational systems (in shadow-mode).

  • Attend one or more global demonstration events, replaying recorded flights and demonstrating pre-operational systems

  • Provide feedback on lessons learned on all aspects of the demonstrations, including on the FF-ICE provisions and supporting FIXM 4.0.

Expected Impact:

As the SWIM B2B services for FF-ICE/1 are based on the same SWIM Technical Infrastructure standards (Yellow Profile) as many other services of the European PCP (Pilot Common Project), the demonstration is expected to accelerate the European uptake of SWIM principles in general, and the European implementation of FF-ICE/1 in particular. The global demonstration will also serve as a validation of the ICAO FF-ICE/1 provisions and the supporting FIXM 4.0 elements, and may therefore result in further refinement of these provisions and supporting information exchange model.

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

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

  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:

    Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
    Standard evaluation form 
    SJU Model Grant Agreement
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
    Classified information
    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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