The SESAR Deployment Manager (DM) is the body nominated by the European Commission to coordinate and synchronize the Deployment Programme which aims at implementing SESAR targets. In January 2018 the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) modified, under the Belgian law, its legal status in a non-for-profit international association, the Sesar Deployment Alliance AISBL (SDA AISBL).
While the scope of work carried out by the SDM remains unchanged, its membership has been enlarged to HungaroControl, ROMATSA, and Ryanair which will cooperate alongside the founding members of the SDA Consortium, selected by the European Commission on 5th December 2014: European airlines (Air France-KLM Group, Easyjet, IAG e Lufthansa Group); airports (SDAG - SESAR related Deployment Airport Group); and ANSPs like DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV and NATS (UK), in collaboration with PANSA (Poland) and a group of ANSPs members of the COOPANS alliance made of AustroControl (Austria), Croatia Control, IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark).
The current SDM legal status as legal entity has simplified the SDM management of the activities of synchronizing the deployment of the Pilot Common Project (PCP), reviewing of the PCP and performing its role as Datalink Services (DLS) implementation manager. Furthermore, the evolution in legal entity has also streamlined the SDM role as coordinator of multiple SESAR modernisation projects, in its capabilities to lead bids on behalf of subcontractors.
ENAV has been playing a double (major) role in the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM):
as a member of the SDA AISBL, ENAV participates to the governing bodies of the organization and plays an important role at management level of the SDM. In fact, in 2018 the SDM has appointed ENAV managers as Head of strategy, technical and operations and as Head of Framerwork Partnership Agreement Coordination.
as an Implementing Partner, ENAV successfully took part to the Calls for Proposals 2014, 2015, 2016 and applied for the 2017 Call, within the European funding programme - Connecting Europe Facilities (CEF) which led to the granting of funds for projects related to the implementation of the Deployment Programme. To the 2017 Call the European Commission (EC) approved EUR 290 million co-funding deployment pro jects co-ordinated by the SDM. ENAV has presented projects for an amount of 39 million of the total cost.