Members

Introduction

The EASCG is a joint coordination and advisory group established to coordinate the ATM-related standardisation activities, essentially stemming from the European ATM Master Plan, in support of Single European Sky implementation.

The plenary membership of the EASCG is composed of:

European Commission

The Single European Sky regulatory framework adopted by the by the European Parliament and the Council in March 2004 and amended in December 2009 provides the legal basis for a seamless, interoperable and safe air traffic management (ATM) system with the objective to enhance current air traffic safety standards, to contribute to the sustainable development of the air transport system and to improve the overall performance of air traffic management (ATM) and air navigation services (ANS) for general air traffic in Europe, while meeting the requirements of all airspace users.

Standards and specifications in support of technical/procedural harmonisation and interoperability play a crucial role in the modernisation of the European ATM network, and more particularly, in the SES context, for the deployment of SESAR and its solutions.

The European Commission took the initiative in July 2014 to bring together the various organisations developing ATM related standards and specifications with the objective to clarify, streamline and eventually coordinate the European ATM standardisation activities. This initiative resulted in the establishment of the EASCG which held its first meeting in January 2015.

As originator and promoter of the EASCG, the European Commission, full member of the EASCG, is financially supporting the work of the EASCG through a grant to EUROCAE, which provides EASCG's secretariat.

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EUROCAE

EUROCAE currently has around 200 members, including industry, service providers, regulators, research institutes and international organisations.

EUROCAE membership is open to organisations and industries worldwide. EUROCAE in the interest of its stakeholders, develops technical specifications for the industry and in support of regulations, aiming to increase safety, market potential, facilitate interoperability and encourage technological development.

The development of EUROCAE documents is governed by a well-proven core process promoting team work, excellence, industry buy-in and consensus while ensuring safety. To date, EUROCAE has published more than 200 EUROCAE documents EDs, which are recognised worldwide as high quality and state of the art standards.

Working Groups (WGs) are well known in the aviation environment and their competencies are recognised in Europe by the European Commission, the EASA, EUROCONTROL, the European CAAs, Airports, ANSP’s, Airlines, etc... and internationally by ICAO, US FAA, IATA, CANSO and many more.

WGs are tasked to develop standards and other technical or operational specifications with a key objective to deliver documents resulting from a consensus-driven process by the involved members and submitted to a worldwide open consultation. EUROCAE WGs currently involve more than 1 400 experts from more than 30 countries around the globe participating and contributing on voluntary basis.

Several EUROCAE WGs are developing documents jointly or in close collaboration with partner organisations like RTCA, SAE and ARINC.

EUROCAE has been committed to the EASCG since its creation, and is chairing the EASCG as well as providing the Secretariat function for the group.

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EUROCONTROL

EUROCONTROL is an intergovernmental organisation with 41 member States, committed to building, together with its partners, a Single European Sky that will deliver the air traffic management (ATM) performance required for the twenty-first century and beyond. EUROCONTROL helps its Member States run safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly air traffic operations throughout the European region. EUROCONTROL is a key actor in developing and supporting all regional and global standardisation activities relevant for ATM. In this context EUROCONTROL prepares and publishes “EUROCONTROL Specifications” defining technical and/or operational procedures, as well as “EUROCONTROL Guidelines” providing implementation support activities to its stakeholders.

More information on published EUROCONTROL Specifications and Guidelines can be found here.

EUROCONTROL, as an organisation involved in the planning and development of ATM-related standards, is a plenary member of the EASCG.

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EASA

EASA mission

  • Ensure the highest common level of safety protection for EU citizens
  • Ensure the highest common level of environmental protection
  • Single regulatory and certification process among Member States
  • Facilitate the internal aviation single market & create a level playing field
  • Work with other international aviation organisations & regulators

EASA tasks

  • Draft implementing rules in all fields pertinent to the EASA mission
  • Certify & approve products and organisations, in fields where EASA has exclusive competence (e.g. airworthiness)
  • Provide oversight and support to Member States in fields where EASA has shared competence (e.g. Air Operations , Air Traffic Management)
  • Promote the use of European and worldwide standards
  • Cooperate with international actors in order to achieve the highest safety level for EU citizens globally (e.g. EU safety list, Third Country Operators authorisations)

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SJU

The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project was set up in 2004 as the technological pillar of the Single European Sky to modernise Europe’s air traffic management (ATM) system. The goal of SESAR is to contribute to the SES High-Level Goals of tripling capacity, cutting costs per flight by 50 %, reducing emissions by 10 % and improving safety by a factor of 10.

Established in 2007, the SESAR JU, a public-private partnership, is responsible for defining, developing and validating these solutions in preparation for their deployment. The SESAR JU does so by bringing together the research and innovation expertise and resources of the entire ATM community, from the Network Manager and civil and military air navigation service providers, to airports, civil and military airspace users, staff associations, academia and research centres.

The European ATM Master plan is SESAR's roadmap for driving the European ATM modernisation programme and provides a roadmap for deployment of the SES. It aims to promote synchronisation of ATM research and development, and deployment and to ensure global interoperability. The ATM Masterplan includes standardisation and regulatory roadmaps.

The SJU was an active participant in the establishing of the European Air Traffic Management Standards Coordination Group (EASCG), with the objective to coordinate standardisation activities, identify their links with the R&D activities and to provide a forum for discussion. There is an important link between the ATM Masterplan and the European ATM Standardisation Rolling Development Plan managed by the EASCG which is of key importance to the SJU. There is also a need to coordinate both the availability of validated SESAR material as a direct input into standards developments and to identify the need for standards emerging from the SESAR programme to ensure the necessary planning of standardisation development activity to support the deployment of SESAR solutions.

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CEN & CENELEC

CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.

The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 33 European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables that have been adopted by CEN and CENELEC are accepted and recognized in all of these countries. European Standards (ENs) are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, public authorities, research institutes, consumer and environmental organisations and other stakeholders. When correctly applied, they contribute to enhancing safety, improving performance and quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. CEN and CENELEC cooperate with the European Commission to develop and adopt harmonized standards and other deliverables that support the implementation of EU policies and legislation. The domains covered by CEN and CENELEC  are numerous: aerospace, chemistry, construction, consumer, electro-technical, ICT,... 

Air Traffic Management is one of them. The CEN/TC 377 “Air Traffic Management” has developed standards in the area of Information security and software assurance levels. In this frame CEN and CENELEC participate in the European Air Traffic Standardization Coordination Group (EASCG).

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ETSI

ETSI is one of the world’s leading standards development organizations for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Founded initially to serve European needs, ETSI has grown rapidly to become highly-respected as a producer of technical standards for worldwide use. In addition to our global focus, ETSI is formally recognized by the European Commission as a European Standardization Organization (ESO) and is thus deemed competent to produce Community Specifications under the Single European Sky Interoperability Regulation (552/2004) as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM Equipment under the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU).

ETSI membership is composed of manufacturers and network operators – all the “big names” and many smaller companies too – plus national administrations, ministries, regulators, universities, research groups, consultancies and user organizations. A powerful and dynamic mix of skills, resources and ambitions, all working together to bring the very best ICT solutions to the global marketplace. Geographically, our membership of over 800 companies and organizations is drawn from more than 60 countries on 5 continents.

In the aeronautical sector, ETSI is involved in the production of European Norms in support of the Single European Sky as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM equipment, meteorological radars, aeronautical satellite services, direct air-to-ground communication, communication on board aircraft and much more.

ETSI has also more than 100 partnerships in place including EUROCAE, EASA, SJU and ICAO. ETSI is independent of all other organizations and structures, a key feature for ensuring neutrality and trustworthiness. That brings benefits not only in the acceptance of our standards and other publications, but also in our growing range of ancillary services, such as interoperability testing which is very important in the aeronautical sector as well.

ETSI's standardization activities are open to all interested companies and organizations. For more information about how you can be involved, please visit http://www.etsi.org/membership. For details about ETSI's current activities in aeronautics, please visit http://portal.etsi.org/ERM  and select TGAERO.

ETSI and EASCG

ETSI is involved in the production of aeronautical standards for European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN) as well as Harmonised Standards for ground ATM equipment under the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU). As such ETSI provides valuable contribution to the European ATM standardisation rolling development plan as defined by EASCG as well as to the PCP roadmap as defined in EU Regulation 714/2014. Together with the other EASCG members, ETSI guarantees a very good level of coordination which is of paramount importance for assuring on-time delivery of standards and avoiding overlapping. 

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Furthermore, the following organisations are invited to participate as observers:

ASD

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) represents the aeronautics, space, defence and security industries in Europe in all matters of common interest with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector. ASD's membership is composed of major European aerospace and defence companies and national associations. In 2014 over 3000 aeronautics, space and defence companies in these countries employed more than 795,000 people and generated a turnover of €199.4 billion.

Standards are essential to the aviation industry in order to meet objectives related in particular to safety and interoperability and also reliability and performance. Standards and specifications also contribute significantly to the success of many of industry’s collaborative or individual projects in SESAR, and form a large part of their deliverables.

The EASCG’s European ATM standards rolling development plan provides industry with both clarity and steering concerning ATM standard-making activities, in addition to enabling a collaborative risk-monitoring in support of the SES implementation and the shift to more performance-based regulation.

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CANSO Europe

CANSO – the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation – is the global voice of air traffic management (ATM) worldwide.  CANSO Members support over 80% of world air traffic. Members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air navigation services (ANS) on the ground and in the air. CANSO represents the views of its Members to a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, where it has official Observer status. CANSO has an extensive network of Associate Members drawn from across the aviation industry.

CANSO’s objectives in Europe are: to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable air traffic management system across Europe; and strengthen air traffic management (ATM) performance. CANSO Europe acts as the voice of the ATM industry in Europe with industry partners and European institutions; represent the interests of air navigation service providers; and seek to steer the development and implementation of European legislation.

 

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EDA

The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the Council of Ministers on 12 July, 2004, "to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. 

On 12 July 2011, the Council adopted a Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. This Council decision replaced the Council Joint Action. 

The European Defence Agency, within the overall mission set out in the Joint Action, is ascribed four functions:

  • developing defence capabilities;
  • promoting defence Research and Technology;
  • promoting armaments cooperation;
  • creating a competitive European Defence Equipment Market and strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

EDA acts as a catalyst, promotes collaborations, launches new initiatives and introduces solutions to improve defence capabilities. It is the place where Member States willing to develop capabilities in cooperation do so. It is also a key facilitator in developing the capabilities necessary to underpin the Common Security and Defence Policy of the Union.

EDA role in EASCG :

With more than 11,000 aircraft currently stationed in Europe, the military are Europe’s biggest airline. Europe’s armed forces operate more than 150,000 flights per year. The Single European Sky initiative and its technological pillar, the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme, thus have considerable implications for the military.

The military approach is to be “as civil as possible” while remaining “as military as necessary” for its aviation and ATM operations. As an example, a large portion of operations at airports, in TMA and en-route are directly comparable. However, the purposes of military flight operations are substantially different, sharing the same airspace, at the same time, is therefore not always possible. EDA supports its Member States in the identification of the military operational and financial risks expected with the implementation of SESAR. The Agency facilitates also the coordination of military views by gathering input and requirements from Ministries of Defence.

The EDA was originally given responsibility at its Steering Board in November 2010 to evaluate the operational risks and financial implications of the Single European Sky for military aviation. This role was further extended in May 2013 with the adoption of an implementing regulation that set the ground for EDA work at the policy level of SESAR. The regulation provided EDA with the task of facilitating the coordination of military views from and in support of Member States and relevant military organisations and to inform military planning mechanisms of the requirements stemming from SESAR deployment.

The military community must strike a delicate balance between the challenges of complying with SES requirements and the military’s responsibilities for security and defence. The bottom line is to ensure that military aircraft, helicopters, radar systems and aerodromes can operate safely and effectively in the SES framework.

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SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) was created in 2014 by the investing operational stakeholders in European aviation, i.e. airlines, airports and air navigation service providers, tasked with planning, coordinating and synchronising implementation of new ATM functionalities mandated by the EU, based on innovative technical and operational solutions resulting from the R&D phase of the SESAR project.

The initial set of ATM functionalities required to be deployed under SDM coordination in the time frame 2015-2026 are defined in the Pilot Common Project (PCP, Regulation (EU) N°716/2014). The SESAR Deployment Programme (DP) developed by SDM provides a project view of the regulation. The DP is used within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) framework to guide stakeholders in submitting to the successive calls for proposals of the most relevant implementation projects to the full and timely implementation of the PCP. If awarded, implementation projects benefit from EU co-funding and are executed under SDM coordination and monitoring. The successive versions of the DP have already enabled the ward of 84 implementation projects as result from the CEF call 2014 and triggered the submission of 223 implementation projects to the CEF calls 2015. The DP 2016 is under development with the ambition to continue to stimulate investment in ATM modernisation.

Aviation is a highly regulated industry based on high level of safety and global interoperability involving advanced airborne systems on-board aircraft and complex ground systems that together build up the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. Modernising this complex environment is challenging. Early availability of standards and regulation is paramount for safe, efficient and timely deployment of new functionalities and related performance improvements.

Development of material supporting deployment including guidance material, specifications, standards and regulation involves a large number of actors with various governmental structures and is often based on voluntary contributions from industry. SDM has identified lack or delayed availability of supporting material as one of the highest risk to full and timely PCP implementation.

The European ATM Standardisation Coordination Group (EASCG) was set up to coordinate activities related to standards and regulation in Europe. SDM seats as an observer in EASCG. Considering their respective role, SDM could be considered as the customer of EASCG. As customer, SDM reports to every meeting of EASCG about the supporting material required to enable timely implementation while ensuring safety and interoperability.

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