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The EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre (EEC) was officially established as an external service of the EUROCONTROL Agency on 10 June 1963. EUROCONTROL is the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. Under the revised EUROCONTROL convention, the EEC is now a Service Business Unit (SBU) of the EUROCONTROL Agency.

The Mission of the EEC is to carry out research and development in order to improve Air Traffic Management in Europe. The EEC operates within the framework of the ATM2000+ strategy and the EUROCONTROL Air Traffic Management Programme (EATMP), and EEC activities are thereby focused on the target uniform European ATM system. The EEC is uniquely positioned as an objective European-wide Air Traffic Management research centre and is a leading force in Air Traffic Management research and development in Europe.

 The EEC's strategy evolves from a complex set of factors, which include the continuing refinement and elaboration of the ATM2000+ strategy and the work programme of EATMP, the evolving ATM institutional, operational, and technical context. EEC strategy is articulated through the following strategy statements:

  • Seek stakeholder needs;
  • Support Performance Review;
  • Support safety monitoring;
  • Support EATMP/ATM2000+ and strengthen R&D as EEC core business;
  • Support ATFM;
  • Contribute to a Europe-wide co-ordination of ATM R&D;
  • Maintain simulations as EEC core business;
  • Support Human Factors research;
  • Support a pragmatic approach to ATM Systems development; and
  • Develop partnership with industry and other stakeholders.

In addition to EUROCONTROL EATMP which is supporting ASAS work at EEC through the Freer Flight project as an integral part of the Air Ground Co-operative ATS Programme and its underlying Co-operative ATS Concepts (COOPATS), the EEC is actively involved, or has been involved, in many ASAS related European projects funded by the EC: MA-AFAS, TORCH, INTENT, NEAN/NEAP/NUP, MFF as well as GATE TO GATE.

 The EEC will act as the overall co-ordinator of the ASAS Thematic Network in addition to bringing its expertise on ASAS as well as links and feedback to and from the main ASAS projects (MA-AFAS, MFF, NUP, INTENT and GATE TO GATE) it is currently involved in. Furthermore, the EEC will also strive to insure that the outputs of the Network are being fed to EUROCONTROL working groups and then further to appropriate ICAO standards panels.

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BAE Sytems

BAE Systems is the largest defence company, the joint third largest aerospace and defence company and the third largest aerospace electronics company in the world. Its mission is to become the benchmark systems, defence and aerospace company worldwide. BAE Systems Avionics is a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems. It is the largest avionics company in Europe, and the UK's foremost supplier of electronic systems for civil and military platforms in the air, at sea and on land. Its strategic intent is to be a worldwide provider of choice for electronic and avionic systems in the defence and civil markets. The Avionics Group in the UK is organised around four divisions, Sensor Systems, Tactical Products, Avionic Systems and Customer Support Services. Avionic Systems Division (ASD) is located at Rochester, Edinburgh and Portsmouth. It is the world's leading supplier of avionic (especially cockpit) displays, flight controls and associated subsystems across both the civil and military aviation sectors. Its products and expertise are critical to the operation of high capability manned aircraft, and even more so to the remote operation of Uninhabited Air Vehicles (UAVs). Its key civil products include:

  • Primary Flight Controls - Fly by Wire systems for commercial aircraft - including Boeing 777 and Airbus;
  • Autothrottle systems; and
  • VGS - Visual Guidance System (Head Up Display) in service on Boeing 737 airliners and Gulfstream IV and V business jets.

ASD comprises some 2,200 people and is made up of a number of Business Directorates dedicated to product development, including Airborne Displays, Civil Avionics, Eurofighter/Typhoon, Flight Data Systems and Mission Displays.

 Its mission is to be acknowledged as the World's premier supplier of Displays, Mission and Recorder Equipment for the Avionics market place to World Class standards of Quality, Delivery, Performance and Cost. The division is currently engaged in collaborative research into civil applications sponsored by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and has been an active participant in the European Commission 4th Framework Programme, including AATMS, AFMS, GASCA and NEVADA and 5th Framework Programme, including VICTORIA and MA-AFAS. Within this Thematic Network, BAE Systems Avionics will help provide harmonisation of ASAS within Europe by providing co-ordination with the MA-AFAS programme. To do this, it will disseminate information on the ASAS related activities being under taken within MA-AFAS (covering Partial Delegation and Autonomous Operation), discuss any differences between MA-AFAS and other ASAS programmes and feed back any necessary changes to MA-AFAS.

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ENAV SpA is the Italian Agency for Air Navigation Services. The Agency has been given responsibility mainly for:

  • Air Traffic Services;
  • Aeronautical Communications and radio-navigation;
  • Aeronautical Information Service, mapping and obstacle charts;
  • Aerodrome Weather Service;
  • Flight inspection;
  • Recruitment, Training and Licensing of Personnel;
  • Advise and studies on any matter related to ATS; and
  • Supply and maintenance of premises and systems (ATM Systems, Navaids, and so on).
Staffed by approximately 3,200 people (January 1999), the Agency has its H.Q. in Rome, and has a peripheral ATS organisation based on 4 Area Control centres (Rome/Ciampino, Milan/Linate, Padua and Brindisi), 19 APPs, 25 Towers and 20 AFIS. ENAV SpA participates and actively contributes to several international projects, committees, working groups, expert panels dealing with CNS/ATM matters with special regard to Satellite Navigation (EGNOS and Galileo), ADS, ASAS, FDPS and SDPS. R&D projects and activities are aimed to CNS/ATM systems pre-operational implementation and to technical co-operation with international organisation and foreign countries for advise, training, joint-committees. ENAV SpA has also the possibility of participating to companies and bodies, operating abroad too, connected with the ATM activities or aimed to supplying third party in their initial phases of ATSU implementation with technical advice and assistance, study, planning, construction or temporary management, systems and facilities, telecommunication and automatic data processing, and meteorological services. ENAV SpA through its Planning and Development Unit is currently involved in two ASAS related European projects funded by the EC: MFF and GATE TO GATE. In particular ENAV SpA is acting as MFF Project Leader. So, within ASAS Thematic Network, ENAV SpA will help harmonisation of ASAS within Europe by providing co-ordination with the MFF project. To do this, the Italian Agency will discuss, exchange and disseminate results on the ASAS related simulation activities and will contribute to define new standards and specifications within EUROCONTROL and ICAO groups.


LFV LUFTFARTSVERKET, LFV (the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration - SCAA) is a government department responsible for all of Sweden's airports and air traffic management. The Main tasks of SCAA are:
  • To provide CNS/ATM services;
  • To promote the development of civil aviation;
  • To operate and improve Swedish State-owned civil aviation airports;
  • To oversee the safety of civil aviation;
  • To be responsible for protection of the environment against pollution from civil aviation;
  • To be responsible for peacetime air navigation services for civil and military aviation; and
  • To administer civil defense and emergency planning that involves planning for the civil aviation sector.
LFV has over 4,000 employees and has an annual turnover of approximately 4.3 billion SEK. The headquarters are in Norrköping, Sweden. LFV is responsible for 14 airports. Besides these 14, LFV is also responsible for 5 Military Air Bases, called Air Stations. The Air Navigation Services guide and control aircraft through the Swedish flight information regions, the extensive Swedish territories as well as large areas of the Baltic Sea. In addition to this, the local air navigation services control the air traffic which is in the vicinity of their respective airports. All Air Navigation Services together form the Air Navigation Services Division. Included in this division is the Air Traffic Services, Northern Region; Air Traffic Services, Middle Region; Air Traffic Services, Southern Region; Air Traffic Services Arlanda; Air Traffic Control, Stockholm; Air Traffic Control, Malmö; Flight Planning Services; Search and Rescue; Air Traffic Services School. The LFV project CARD is in the progress of developing the baseline technology and ADS-B based procedures in support of the implementation of the ICAO CNS/ATM systems. CARD is a focal point for several other projects as well as standardisation activities. The enabling data link for communications, navigation augmentation and surveillance, ADS-B, is VDL Mode 4 for the CARD related activities. VDL Mode 4 is considered to be the most cost-efficient and mature, in terms of operational experience, of potential data link alternatives to support the timely implementation of CNS/ATM for all user groups. LFV is the leader of the NUP project and is also involved in other projects related to ASAS like MFF and MA-AFAS. Within this Thematic Network, LFV will provide a direct harmonisation of European ASAS activities as a co-ordinator of the NUP programme and as partner in several other projects. LFV will also focus on the ATC service provider role in ASAS in order to address both ends of the problem. LFV will also provide feedback to other partners in the NUP programme ensuring that necessary modifications to the developments are made in a timely manner. More about LFV...

NLRMission: The mission of the Foundation NLR is to provide expert contributions to activities in aerospace and related fields. NLR independently renders services to government departments and international agencies, aerospace industries and aircraft and spacecraft operators. Customers include various organizations based in the Netherlands, in Europe and elsewhere. Type of organisation: NLR is a non-profit organisation, one of the Large Technological Institutes of the Netherlands. NLR staff of about 950 currently includes about 450 university graduates, and about 300 graduates from advanced technical colleges. Funding: About 75 per cent of NLR activities consists of research and development under contract. For its basic research programme and for the development of specialized research equipment, NLR receives government subsidies. A short history: NLR has been operating as an independent foundation serving both public and private organizations since 1937. Its precursor, the Government Service for Aeronautical Studies, was founded in 1919. In 1940, the then Nationaal Luchtvaart Laboratorium (National Aeronautical Laboratory NLL) moved to newly built facilities on a site on the outskirts of Amsterdam still housing NLR Amsterdam. From 1957, additional facilities were built on a site in the Noordoostpolder, land reclaimed from the former Zuiderzee. In 1961 the name of NLL was changed into Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (National Aerospace Laboratory NLR), to include space flight. The NLR has much experience within the ASAS domain. They are involved in numerous projects among which:
  • Human Factors of Airborne Separation Assurance within NASA - AATT programme;
  • MFF;
  • 3FMS; and
Within this Thematic Network, NLR will help provide harmonisation of ASAS within Europe and partly the USA by providing co-ordination within their projects. To do this, it will disseminate information on the ASAS related activities, discuss any differences between them and feed back any necessary changes. More about NLR...

THALES ATM is a global company dedicated to ATM, with customers in about 160 countries. THALES ATM is composed of 6 companies from 6 countries (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, USA). THALES ATM S.A. is the French subsidiary of THALES ATM. THALES ATM policy is to offer a complete range of products (for ATM systems, as well as for CNS infrastructures). Maintaining this policy is possible only through an active R&D policy, including co-ordination of this proposal, intended to prepare functional advances to be integrated into its product line. The CNS domain is largely covered; THALES ATM has been active in the development of ATN products for communication and data link server. On the navigation part, significant work is conducted in the area of Local Area Differential GPS, as well as EGNOS. For the surveillance part, the usage of ADS (and aircraft parameters in general) is being developed on a pre-operational basis. Further on, trials are set-up for assessing the ADS-Broadcast technologies and uses. THALES ATM has close dialogue with customers, air navigation agencies and airlines throughout the world to contribute to defining new standards and specifications. THALES ATM S.A. is working with RTCA, EUROCAE and other expert bodies and agencies, and is actively involved, or has been involved, in many European projects funded by the EC: projects related to ATM validation (including VAPORETO, SECAM, ASIVAL, GENOVA, ARIBA, CAVA, MAEVA), projects related to ATM architecture, integration, platforms (including GAAS, DAAS, EAGLES, PATIO, AVENUE), projects related to the future ATM operational concept (TORCH, GATE TO GATE - contract signature expected in March 2002). Particularly, THALES ATM is acting as GATE TO GATE Co-ordinator in which ASAS validation activities will occur. Within this Thematic Network, THALES ATM will help provide harmonisation of ASAS within Europe by providing co-ordination with the GATE TO GATE programme. To do this, it will disseminate information on the ASAS related activities being under taken within GATE TO GATE, discuss any differences between GATE TO GATE and other ASAS programmes and feed back any necessary changes to GATE TO GATE. Moreover, as ATM ground manufacturer, THALES ATM will provide expertise and support on all topics in relation to changes/improvement of Ground ATM Systems implied by ASAS activities (e.g. workshop organisation, moderation of forum, elaboration of guidelines and recommendations). More about THALES ATM...

THALES Avionics is a 100% owned subsidiary of THALES group from France, with annual 2000 turn-over of 800 MEuro and 5000 employees. THALES Avionics is a leading avionics firm worldwide, and equipment supplier of the main European and American aircraft manufacturers. Moreover, THALES Avionics provides AIRBUS programs with 80% of avionics equipment. More than 100 Airlines around the world are flying THALES Avionics computers and equipment for the commercial aircraft domain. This extensive customer base has led of course the company to implement a well-structured Product Support Organisation. THALES Avionics expertise covers the different components of avionics: Flight management, Flight controls, Advanced Man-Machine Interfaces and Cockpit Instruments, Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS/ATM) Equipment, Airborne Sensors, Data Management and Maintenance Computers. This broad skill base constitutes a solid foundation for true corporate synergy. Coupled with the understanding and application of new technologies, this expertise has earned THALES Avionics a reputation as a reliable program partner, for aircraft manufacturers as well as airlines. Avionics is marked by on-going technological innovation at both the applications and R & D levels, from fly-by-wire flight controls, LCD and holographic displays, to laser gyros, GNSS satellite navigation, and advanced data processing techniques. THALES Avionics is leading advanced studies in each of these technological fields at the leading edge of progress and participating in many R&D co-operative projects at European or International level. THALES Avionics's expertise in design, development, production, installation and support of a large set of avionic equipment, enables it to offer complete avionic systems as well as integrated subsystems or individual products or sensors. A deep experience in avionic system design and integrated products design is the result of this activity; it gives to the company a leading position to answer to the new CNS/ATM avionic and Integrated Modular Avionic (IMA) requirements with optimised equipment. With major contracts awarded by BOMBARDIER group (Global Express, Dash 8), THALES Avionics is establishing a position among the select group of international companies with system integration capability. This means the ability to manage a complete avionics system, from definition to integration, to conduct the certification process, and to support the system throughout the aircraft life. More about THALES Avionics...

Special Members: Professional Associations ATCEUC Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) has been existing for 10 years, and it currently represents thirteen professional and autonomous syndicates of Air Traffic Controllers throughout European countries, be they members of the European Community or not. All ATCEUC representatives are working controllers. ATCEUC has been recognised as a social partner by the DG TREN of the European Commission. It participated as such to the work of the Industrial and Social Group set up by the Commissioner of Transport (Single Sky Initiative). ATCEUC is also an observer at EUROCONTROL Pre Council and participates to every working group where its expertise might be called for: EUROCONTROL Advisory Group, ATM/CNS Consultancy Group and other workshops from the Performance Review Commission. More about ATCEUC...

IFATCA The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) is a non-political, non-industrial organisation with a membership of over 40,000 air traffic controllers. IFATCA was founded in 1961 by air traffic controllers from 12 European countries. Subsequently, it was grown in stature and now represents more than 100 Member Associations world-wide. The IFATCA mission is to protect and safeguard the interests of the air traffic control profession. The aims and objectives of the Federation were formulated in Amsterdam in 1961, and have remained the foundation of IFATCA. The Federation objectives are:
  • Safety: To promote safety, efficiency, and regularity in international air navigation.
  • Assist Development: To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of air traffic control and new procedures and facilities.
  • Promote Knowledge: To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers.
  • Co-operate with Authorities: To closely co-operate with international and national aviation authorities and institutions concerned with air navigation.
  • Sponsor Legislation: To sponsor and support the passage of legislation and regulations which will increase and protect the safety of air navigation.
  • World-wide Representation: To strive for a world-wide Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations.
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Vereinigung Cockpit is the pilots and flight engineers association of cockpit crews employed by German airlines (e.g. Lufthansa, Hapag Lloyd, LTU, Eurowings, Deutsche BA and others). VC is member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) as well as European Cockpit Association (ECA), the pilots organization on EU level. It is a non-commercial and politically independent organisation. The main aim is the active promotion of safety in commercial aviation. Presently about 7.500 members are registered. Among others the Air Traffic Services and the Aircraft Design and Operation national committees are members of the IFALPA working committees. Active airline pilots contribute to these working groups. We are in contact with Air Traffic Control Authorities as well as with airports and German National Supervisory Boards for aviation (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, German and Federal State Ministries for Traffic Affairs) on various levels. Other working committees deal with flight safety, accident analysis, medical affairs, flight training and education, airport infrastructure and cover the whole area of commercial airline matters. Representatives of Vereinigung Cockpit (First Officer Stefan Wolf, Captain Uwe Kröger) are representatives for IFALPA in the European Wakenet Project and have actively contributed to the progress of that project throughout the recent years with the aim of safety enhancing airport and airspace capacity. Within the ASAS-TN, VC will participate in bringing its operational expertise in the project which is dealing with enhancement of airspace capacity and safety at the same time.
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