Learn about the European ATM Master Plan

Within the framework of the Single European Sky (SES), the European ATM Master Plan is the main planning tool for defining ATM modernisation priorities and ensuring the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) Target Concept becomes a reality. The Master Plan is an evolving roadmap and the result of strong collaboration between all ATM stakeholders. As the technological pillar of the SES initiative, SESAR contributes to achieving the SES High-Level Goals and supports the SES regulatory framework.

The Master Plan outlines the vision and performance ambitions for the future ATM system within a timeframe up to 2035 and with an outlook towards 2050, and then prioritises the Research & Development (R & D) activities and solutions needed to achieve these. The Master Plan details not only the high-level view of what is needed to be done in order to deliver a high-performing ATM system, but also explains why and by when. It therefore sets the framework for the development activities performed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in the perspective also of the deployment activities to be performed by all operational stakeholders under coordination of the SESAR Deployment Manager and in accordance with the Deployment Programme to ensure overall consistency and alignment.

The Master Plan also provides stakeholders with a Business View of what deployment will mean in terms of return on investment. Being part of a European endeavour, like the Master Plan, means that the choices being made are going to be European choices extending into the worldwide context, thereby reducing technological risk and increasing predictability for the industry’s development and deployment activities.