SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager is the official title of the organisation that is coordinating the upgrading of Europe’s air traffic management infrastructure. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, propose and maintain the deployment of SESAR concepts and technologies and ensure efficient synchronisation and overall coordination of implementation projects, as well as the related investments in line with the Deployment Programme. The tasks of the Deployment Manager are specified in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.

On 19/10/2016 SESAR Deployment Manager was appointed as Data Link Services (DLS) Implementation Project Manager.

Network Manager

The Network Manager was established to contribute to the performance of the European ATM network. The European Commission’s Single European Sky (SES II) foresaw the creation of a Network Manager as a centralised function for the European Union. The Network Manager manages air traffic management network functions (airspace design, flow management) as well as scarce resources (transponder code allocations, radio frequencies), as defined in Commission Regulation (EU) N° 677/2011.

The European Commission nominated EUROCONTROL as the Network Manager in July 2011, with a mandate that runs until the end of the Performance Scheme’s second Reference Period – that is, until 31 December 2019. EUROCONTROL is currently in the process of re-designation for the period beyond 2019.

The Datalink Performance Monitoring Function.

Building on the recommendation of the ELSA report, the European Commission asked the Network Manager to:

  • Continue supporting the DLS implementation and reinforcing the RFF function contribution by notably pursuing the monitoring campaigns.
    • The network manager reinforced the monitoring campaigns, results are available on the DMPG (login required) web site.
  • Perform the “pan-European ATN/VDL2 performance monitoring and spectrum coordination function infrastructure performances impact and monitoring function” as identified in the ELSA recommendations (NetworkOversight-02).
  • Further support the implementation of the DLS Recovery plan, in coordination with SDM and EASA, through the centralised collection of avionics that are operating properly (white list), possible contributions on architecture and governance issues, and contributions to the test and validation for both air and ground systems (cf. Interop testing).
  • Duly report all findings stemming from previously mentioned actions (RFF, performance monitoring, etc..) to the Commission, EASA and SDM.

For more information on the Network Manager Datalink Performance Monitoring Function, contact Mr. David Isaac.


EUROCAE is the European leader in the development of worldwide recognised industry standards for aviation. We develop standards by industry/members for the industry needs that:

– Build upon the state of the art expertise of its members and adress the global aviation challenges

– Are fit for purpose to be adopted internationally

– Support the operational, development and regulatory processes

WG-92 is the responsible WG and is working on the following deliverables:

– ED-92C MOPS for an Airborne VDL Mode-2 System Operating in the Frequency Range 118-136.975 MHz – Revision C
expected mid 2018

– ED-xxx Ground VDL Mode 2 systems expected behaviour (ED-92 companion documents)
expected end 2018

– ED-92D MOPS for an Airborne VDL Mode-2 System Operating in the Frequency Range 118-136.975 MHz – Revision D
expected mid 2019

The RTCA PMC has approved the ToRs for the equivalent work to be carried out by RTCA SC-214 as well.
The work will be carried out in close cooperation with the EUROCAE’s European and international partner organisations.


EASA is the EU Agency responsible for Aviation Safety in Europe. EASA was established in 2002, with its responsibilities progressively extended to include in 2009 the fields of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services.

EASA’s 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

With regards to the datalink recovery plan, EASA was requested by the Commission to support with the accomplishment of two tasks:

  • A short – term action with the main focus to review the Regulation (EC) No 29/2009 to assess, adapt and clarify the conditions for exemption and the current Decisions on DLS exemptions.
  • Initiate and complete the RMT.0524 on Datalink Services (as per the Rulemaking and Safety Promotion Programme including EPAS)