A6 Alliance marks 10 years by reaffirming commitment to the Single European Sky

The A6 Alliance today marks its 10th anniversary by reaffirming its commitment to the modernization and digitalization of air traffic management (ATM), delivering a safe and sustainable future for aviation.

Over the past 10 years, A6 Alliance quickly became an important player and a key stakeholder of the Single European Sky and has made significant and remarkable contributions to delivering the European Commission’s SESAR 2020 Programme and the Single European Sky objectives:

  • The A6 Alliance has played a key role and actively contributed to the SESAR JU, including activities related to ATM Master Plan (editions 2012, 2015 and 2020);
  • The A6 has developed a strong relationship with the A4 (Airlines), the airports and the manufacturing industry, thus laying the groundwork for a robust and strict coordination and cooperation in the view of the SESAR deployment;
  • The A6 Alliance leads European‐wide technical activities validated and co‐funded by the EC for their consistency with the SES framework. Through the EC Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financial program, successive proposals and actions driven by the SESAR Deployment Manager allowed significant contributions to ATM industry implementation projects within SESAR Common Projects deployment priority;
  • The A6 has developed proposals for improvement of the ATM system in Europe, leading and driving digitalization from concept to deployment with a target towards more air/ground automation and efficiency by means of the SES Digital Backbone and its components;
  • The A6 achievements have contribute to increasing interoperability in the European ATM framework;
  • The A6 has ensured that ANSPs coordinate their efforts with regards to the future European ATM system also to embed newcomers;
  • The A6 has prepared common strategic positions regarding operational/technical, policy and legal regulations proposals prepared or led by the EU institutions/bodies together with other partners (Airspace Architecture Study, Wise Persons Group, RP3, CEF funding, CP1 proposal, SES2+ recast, etc.);
  • The A6 has revised their investments to best address the ongoing crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the impact that COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry, the A6 Alliance and its members remain committed to modernizing Europe’s airspace for the benefit of airlines, passengers and the environment. We will continue to work together to develop and deploy the latest tools and technologies, building on what we have already achieved, to deliver a digital Single European Sky and a sustainable future.

Janusz Janiszewski, Chief Executive of PANSA and Chair of the A6 Alliance Steering Board said “I thank all those who have supported the A6 over the past 10 years and extend my congratulations to all members  on what they have achieved.

As we begin to look towards our industry’s recovery from the huge impact that COVID-19 has had, the members of the A6 Alliance remain committed to working together to modernize Europe’s airspace by developing and deploying the latest tools and technology that will deliver a digital Single European Sky, support our airline partners and mean a sustainable future for our industry.”

The A6 Alliance was  founded by the six ANSP members of the SESAR JU – DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV (Italy), NATS (UK) and NORACON – a consortium including Austro Control (Austria), AVINOR (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland, now Fintraffic), IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark). In 2015, PANSA (Poland) joined the Alliance and then in 2020, Skyguide (Switzerland) also joined the A6.

About A6 Alliance

The A6 Alliance includes the largest air navigation services providers in Europe, responsible for safe management of more than 80% of Europe’s air traffic. The group was established in June 2011 to coordinate the research and development and investment of the providers within the SESAR programme (Single European Sky ATM Research). Our focus is on the key strategic areas of common interest to our members, influencing the transport and aviation regulations to support our industry’s development. Our members represent more than 70% of the investment in the future European ATM infrastructure, working together to identify and deploy the latest technology to deliver benefits to our airlines customers, passengers and the environment.

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In this difficult and demanding time we wish you good health, peace, faith and hope for a safe tomorrow. As aviation community we must stay strong and united. Happy Easter!

Following his reappointment as chair of the A6 Alliance Steering Board, Janusz Janiszewski, President of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency has reiterated the alliance’s commitment to modernising European airspace through advanced technology and research and development.

I am delighted to be reappointed as Chair of the A6 Alliance. It is a critical year for our industry. With vaccines being rolled out we must be prepared for people wanting to fly again. But as traffic returns, we must take the opportunity to decarbonise our industry – said Janusz Janiszewski.

– The members of the A6 Alliance remain committed to working together to modernise Europe’s airspace by developing and deploying the latest tools and technology that will support a digital Single European Sky and a sustainable future for our industry – adds Janiszewski.

The A6 Alliance includes the largest air navigation services providers in Europe. The group was established in 2011 to coordinate the research and development and investment of the providers within the SESAR programme (Single European Sky ATM Research). In addition, the A6 Alliance focuses on key strategic areas of common interest to its members related to transport and aviation regulations.

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skyguide (Switzerland) joined the A6 Alliance of European air navigation service providers (ANSPs) working towards the deployment of SESAR to achieve the Single European Sky.

During the last A6 Steering Board meeting, held on 16th of December 2020, skyguide was welcomed as a full member of the A6 Alliance. Skyguide entered the A6 Alliance in 2015 through the DSNA / skyguide Consortium represented by DSNA. In September 2020 skyguide took over the lead of the R&D Working Group in the A6 Alliance, which led to skyguide becoming an independent member.

As skyguide moves forward with the implementation of its Virtual Centre, which aims at sustainably improving air traffic management in Switzerland’s airspace, we believe that a cooperation among Air Navigation Service providers is the key to optimising European airspace. Thus, we are happy to join the A6 group and we are looking very much forward to this cooperation and to exchange on future ATM concepts. The virtualisation of our legacy, monolithic systems will enable ANSPs in Europe to react faster and with more flexibility to demand in capacity and volatility – says Alex Bristol, CEO of skyguide.

Skyguide is a progressive partner in Europe, cooperating in the A6 framework and with a long-lasting working relationship with the A6 and its working arrangements, representing the A6 in particular threads dealing with SESAR 2020 R&D.

I am delighted to welcome skyguide to our alliance. It is important that, as an industry, we work together with a wide range of partners from across Europe to help ensure SESAR continues to be driven by operational and business needs that will ultimately benefit Europe’s airspace users and their passengers. The A6 Alliance is pleased to have skyguide join us as a member in this important area – says Janusz Janiszewski, Chief Executive of PANSA and Chair of the A6 Alliance Steering Board.

About skyguide

Skyguide provides air navigation services for Switzerland and certain adjacent parts of neighbouring countries. With its 1500 employees at 14 locations in Switzerland, the company guides some 1.2 million civil and military flights a year safely and efficiently through Europe’s most complex airspace. Skyguide is well integrated into the international air navigation services community and, with its innovative and customer-minded solutions, helps enhance Switzerland’s appeal as a place to live, work and do business. The company is majority-owned by the Swiss Confederation, and is headquartered in Geneva.

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Christmas is just around the corner so A6 Alliance sends you all warmest thoughts and best wishes for this wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! May joy and happiness be yours during this time. As aviation community we must stay strong and united!

Please find Christmas message from Janusz Janiszewski, Chairman of the A6 Steering Board and PANSA CEO:

 

The year 2020 has been quite a demanding one and we all had to adapt to the new and difficult conditions. However, there is a silver lining in this situation. There are changes that the ATM industry is undergoing – accelerated uptake of digitization is one of them. By embracing digitization, we want to not only ensure more effective operation, but also consider the environment. We also focus on the development of the drone industry, which will play a very important role in the near future. All this gives ANSPs hope to emerge stronger from the crisis in the coming years. Christmas is just around the corner so A6 Alliance sends you all warmest thoughts and best wishes for this wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! May joy and happiness be yours during this time! – said Janusz Janiszewski, Chairman of the A6 Steering Board.

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller not only marks the anniversary of IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations was founded in october 20, 1961): it also celebrates the men and women who 24/7 help make air travel the safest possible mode of transport. It’s an incredible profession with a huge responsibility – the safe separation of air traffic requires total concentration and quick decision-making while managing multiple flights at a time.

On any given day, thousands of flights are guided safely through the skies. Whether they are carrying passengers or cargo, flight crews are responsible for their load, and when they fly they rely entirely on the professionalism of air traffic controllers, the systems they use and all the people behind the scenes.

20 October, the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, celebrates the men and women who 24/7 help make air travel the safest possible mode of transport. This year we celebrate 100 years of air traffic control, but when the global aviation drops almost 60 percent of air traffic our celebrations will look very different. It is a crisis that has not happened in aviation since the Second World War. So as aviation stakeholders, we have to stay together at this time. Everything is in our hands, but we must act as ANSP to survive and emerge stronger from the crisis. I strongly believe that by joining forces not only within the A6, but the entire industry and all aviation entities, we are able to face this crisis. Happy International ATCO Day and may our sky fill up with thousands of aircraft again! – said Janusz Janiszewski, Chairman of the A6 Steering Board.

We also invite everyone to a photographic journey showing the age of ATC! The online version of the exhibition is available at: a6alliance.net/theageofatc

Photos presenting the history of air traffic control at various European airports over the past 100 years were to be an important point of this year’s World ATM Congress in Madrid. The ceremonial inauguration of the exhibition prepared by the European ANSP agencies was planned to take place at the Polish Embassy in Madrid. Unfortunately, due to a coronavirus pandemic, the congress was cancelled, therefore the decision to postpone the opening of the exhibition was made.

While the air traffic in Poland and Europe is returning, on Wednesday (July 1) an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of air traffic control (ATC) was inaugurated at Warsaw Chopin Airport. This is another initiative of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the largest European providers of air navigation services associated in the A6 Alliance, which is chaired by the president of PANSA Janusz Janiszewski.

Photos presenting the history of air traffic control at various European airports over the past 100 years were to be an important point of this year’s World ATM Congress in Madrid. The ceremonial inauguration of the exhibition prepared by the European ANSP agencies was planned to take place at the Polish Embassy in Madrid. Unfortunately, due to a coronavirus pandemic, the congress was cancelled, therefore the decision to postpone the opening of the exhibition was made.

We decided that the inauguration of international flights from Poland is a great opportunity to present the exhibition to a wider audience, and Warsaw Chopin Airport is the perfect place. Today, aviation has begun the process of waking up from a coma. Therefore, wondering what it will look like in a few months or years, it is worth stopping for a moment to see how air traffic control once looked – said President Janusz Janiszewski.

From the left: Mariusz Szpikowski, president of PPL, Ewa Suchora-Natkaniec, deputy president of PANSA, Janusz Janiszewski, president of PANSA.

At Chopin Airport we are happy that we can make our space available for interesting and valuable exhibitions. The current one perfectly matches the series of educational and historical exhibitions showing the achievements of our country. The moment to launch this exhibition is perfect – today we are launching the next stage of defrosting air traffic, and life comes back to the airport – said Mariusz Szpikowski, President of PPL, Director of Chopin Airport.

The origins of ATC date back to the 1920s, and the last hundred years is a history intertwined with the most important and tragic events in European history. Air traffic control has played and will continue to play a key role in this development. Its units and their continuous modernization and development allow millions of passengers every day to safely reach all parts of our globe.

We invite everyone to a photographic journey showing the age of ATC! For those who plan their journey a bit later and cannot see it, the online version is available at: a6alliance.net/theageofatc

 

  • Instruments ensuring financial liquidity and more flexible timeframes for the implementation of infrastructure projects – these are the main postulates of Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) associated in the A6 Alliance
  • A joint appeal to the European Commission and the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA) is the result of a difficult situation caused by the unprecedented crisis in the entire aviation industry and by the loss of revenues of European air traffic services agencies
  • A6 Alliance emphasizes the need to carry out all EU infrastructure implementation projects, but also to adapt to the reality changed by COVID-19

There was, on average, a 90% downturn in traffic over Europe due to the COVID-19 epidemic, unprecedentedly affecting the whole aviation industry, and effectively – the revenues of air navigations services providers. Even though deprived of their income and despite the crisis, agencies have not suspended works on critical infrastructure development, also those under EU programmes. They want to be ready to handle the traffic once it is restored, in order to support the European economy to the highest possible extent. However, in a joint statement, agencies indicate that this will not be possible without additional support from the European Commission.

The CEOs of A6 Alliance called upon Director Henrik Hololei of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), and Director Dirk Beckers of the Innovation and Network Executive Agency (INEA), for adjustment of requirements of EU programmes according to the current situation in the airspace caused by COVID-19.

The agencies insist on more flexible timeframes for the implementation of infrastructure projects under the EU programs and with support of EU funding, which will give time to adapt to the current aviation market landscape.

A6 is asking for postponement of the dates of both the INEA funded implementation projects and of the EU regulation PCP/CP1.

The agencies also called for instruments ensuring financial liquidity, e.g. increasing the level of upfront payments for co-financed projects, optimizing payments for completed projects, securing and increasing the level of project co-financing in the next financing period of the Connecting Europe Facility (2021-2027), ensuring adequate financial support for industrialization phase of the SESAR Technology Program in order to effectively implement mature innovative solutions.

As members of A6 Alliance, we strongly agree that we should focus on joint approaches using the SDM forum, so that we can keep investing in a coordinated manner to deliver a modern ATM system that supports the European air transport value chain and delivers benefits to Europe’s citizens and economy, particularly as we seek to recover from this most challenging of times – said Janusz Janiszewski, chairman of the A6 Alliance Steering Board and president of Polish Air Navigation Services Agency.

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In this difficult and demanding time we wish you good health, peace, faith and hope for a safe tomorrow. As aviation community we must stay strong and united!

Please find Easter message from Janusz Janiszewski, Chairman of the A6 Steering Board and PANSA CEO:

Certainly this is not the Easter that we expected, but still there is much to be grateful for. When the world has stopped, traditional Easter celebrations will look very different. With the social isolation, it’s even more important to stay connected. At this specific time we would like to wish you all the best and, above all, a lot of health, persistence and solidarity. We work hard to protect our employees, cope with the crisis and support our partners and customers. As aviation stakeholders, we have to stay together at this time. Happy Easter to all of you and may our sky fill up with thousands of aircraft again! – said Janusz Janiszewski, Chairman of the A6 Steering Board.

  • President of PANSA officially took over the chairmanship of the A6 Steering Board
  • A6 Alliance is an alliance of the largest European air navigation institutions

On Wednesday, December 11th Janusz Janiszewski, President of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency officially took over the chairmanship of the A6 Alliance Steering Board. This is the first time when a Pole will preside over the Alliance’s highest decision-making body.

The one-year term began on 1 January 2020. Until the end of December this function was performed by Roberta Neri, CEO of ENAV.

– I would like to thank Roberta, who has chaired the A6 Alliance for the last two years, for her and her team’s involvement in promoting our group. The A6 Alliance has a great potential and we should make the best use of it – said Janusz Janiszewski, President of PANSA.

The next meeting of the A6 Steering Board is planned in March 2020 at the Polish Embassy in Madrid as an event accompanying the World ATM Congress 2020.

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