AOP13 — Automated assistance to Controller for Surface Movement Planning and Routing

The routing and planning functions of A-SMGCS provide the automatic generation of taxi routes, with the corresponding estimated taxi time and management of potential conflicts. Taxi routes may be manually modified by the air traffic controller before being assigned to aircraft and vehicles. These routes shall be available in the flight data processing system.

The A-SMGCS routing and planning function shall calculate the most operationally relevant route as free as possible of conflicts which permits the aircraft to go from stand to runway, from runway to stand or any other surface movement.

The controller working position shall allow the air traffic controller to manage surface route trajectories.

The flight data processing system shall be able to receive planned and cleared routes assigned to aircraft and vehicles and manage the status of the route for all concerned aircraft and vehicles.

Traffic will be controlled through the use of appropriate procedures allowing the issuance of information and clearances to traffic.

Note: For this objective, there is no requirement for the use of datalink for providing clearances to the pilot or vehicle driver (e.g. D-Taxi).

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each Military Authority to review this ESSIP Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SloAs that the Military Authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SloAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to MIL Authorities.

Regulator / Air Navigation Service Provider

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area (PCP Airports):
See list of Airports in ESSIP Plan - Annex D
Timescales From By Applicable to
Initial operational capability 01-01-2016 Applicability Area (PCP Airports)
Full operational capability 31-12-2023 Applicability Area (PCP Airports)

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities


Applicable legislation
Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 on the establishment of the Pilot Common Project
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2016
Family 2.4.1 - A-SMGCS Routing and Planning Functions
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Improved through increased controllers' situational awareness for all ground movements and potential conflicts resolution.
Increased availability of taxiway resources and reduced total taxi time by ground movements. Improved traffic flow on the aerodrome's manoeuvering area.
Operational efficiency
Reduced fuel consumption due to reduced taxi time and reduced number of stops while taxiing.
Cost efficiency
Reduced environmental impact by reducing fuel consumption and then CO2 emissions.
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
REG01 Coordination and final official approval of procedures by the local regulator is required
  • 01-01-2016
  • 31-12-2023
ASP01 Upgrade ATS systems to support automated assistance to air traffic controllers for surface movement planning and routing
  • 01-01-2016
  • 31-12-2023
ASP02 Implement operational procedures implementing automated assistance to air traffic controllers for surface movement planning and routing
  • 01-01-2016
  • 31-12-2023
ASP03 Develop, and deliver as necessary, a safety assessment of the changes imposed by the implementation of automated assistance to air traffic controllers for surface movement planning and routing
  • 01-01-2016
  • 31-12-2023
ASP04 Train all operational personnel concerned in the use of automated assistance for surface movement planning and routing
  • 01-01-2016
  • 31-12-2023
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

SJU - SESAR Solution 22: Data pack for automated assistance to controller for surface movement planning and routing

ASP01, ASP02, ASP03, ASP04, REG01

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
Airport Operations Team (AOT)
Outline description approved in
Latest objective review at expert level
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in