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Integrated Communication, Navigation and Surveillance System

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJ14-W2 I-CNSS (Integrated Communication, Navigation and Surveillance System)

Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2020-12-31

PJ14-W2 I-CNSS, as one of the enabling projects, aims at providing advanced, integrated and rationalized aviation infrastructure for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS), providing the underlying technical capabilities to meet the operational improvements.
PJ14-W2 I-CNSS objectives supporti the first three Key Features, , as described in the European ATM Master Plan:
• Optimized ATM Network services
• Advanced air traffic services
• High-Performing airport operations
Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems provide the infrastructure and service which are essential for Air Traffic Management (ATM). CNS enables efficient navigation and safe separation in all phases of flight. Although current CNS systems are mature and globally providing a good service, they are still relying on a modular approach and all facing technological transition phases to reach the objectives of the SESAR Concept of Operations in terms of quality of service, cost effectiveness and environmental impact. All the ATM elements will require an underlying supporting infrastructure including communication, navigation and surveillance capabilities that are adapted to support the concept elements in an efficient way.
PJ.14 W2 is ensuring the availability of the required CNS infrastructure to support the future SESAR Ops Concept.
The key ambition of the PJ.14 W2 I-CNSS is to act as unique entity, to intervene exactly where CNS needs to evolve, by driving this evolution. PJ.14 W2 I-CNSS will develop an integrated suite of CNS solutions to meet the operational requirements of the ATM system in the short, medium and long term.
The kick off meeting of the Project happened on 28th-29th of January of 2020 as face-to-face meeting hosting by LEONARDO in Genoa.
As first step PJ.14 W2 delivered the D1.1 “PJ.14-W2 - Project Management Plan” with the final approval on 27th May 2020.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak (COVID-19) and due to decisions of national governments in the fight against the spread of the virus as well as the unpredictability of the evolution of this worldwide crisis, the beneficiaries and Linked Third Parties of PJ14-W2 are facing difficulties that potentially may affect the fulfilment according to Article 51 of the GA, Leonardo (Electronics Divisions) (as the coordinator of the action and on behalf of its beneficiaries and Linked Third Parties) herewith formally notified SJU on 14th of April, that an event of Force Majeure has occurred.
PJ.14 W2 have taken and will take all possible measures to limit any damage due to Force Majeure and do the best to ensure the implementation of the Action according to the GA.
The Project supported until the end of June 2020 DMSC for W2 Reconfiguration Exercise with the goal to identify and find mitigation for possible issue due the Covid-19 crisis.
As result of the Initial Baseline Exercise completed at the end of May 2020, all the Solutions, except Solution 110, prepared and submitted Change Request that led the Project to ask Technical Grant Amendment. SJU agreed that PJ.14 W2 could do together Financial and Technical Amendment in the last quarter of 2020.
The Project delivered on the 17th of July the D1.1.100 “PJ.14-W2 – Technical Financial Report” describing financial and technical changes.
PJ.14-W2 I-CNSS, Grant Agreement number 874478, has formally requested the changes described below.
Change of Annex I Part A:
Removing the two words in bold “Coordination and contribution to federating solution and transversal and operational projects activities as required” for each objective.
CR_0735 (WP1), CR_0677 (WP2), CR_0695 (WP3). CR_0728 (WP4), CR_0674 (WP5), CR_0824 (WP5), CR_0862 (WP5), CR_0680 (WP6), CR_0703 (WP7), CR_0760 (WP8), CR_0682 (WP9), CR_0718 (WP10), CR_0743 (WP12)
Change of Annex I Part A: Milestone:
CR_0703, CR_0718, CR_0743, CR_0760.
Change of Annex I Part B:
CR_0735, CR_0735, CR_0735, CR_0728, CR_0760, CR_0733, CR_0718
PJ.14 W2 I-CNSS results expected are fully in line with the porposal of the Grant Amendment 874478, although PJ.14-W2 has formally requested the following changes:
Consortium Requested Amendment AMD-874478-10
(a) Technical Impact
Main impact is in general on the integrated approach of the three domains, CNS as a unique entity and not as three separted domain. PJ.14-W2 has developed this ideas through its solutions, based on the support of PJ.14-W2-76 an integrated CNS suites able to provide a mature and consolidated CNS evolution, full addressing the vision, the strategy and the roadmap agreed.
(b) Economic Impact
The further development of the harmonised CNS performance based and service based approaches should enable cost savings to ANSPs and hence airspace users for provision of CNS. The performance based approach will enable rationalisation of disparate CNS systems, while the migration to a service based framework will allow different service delivery models to operate with the increase competition for the delivery of these services.
The harmonization of CNS services across civil and military platforms shall identify opportunities for cost effectiveness on both environments.
The availability of specific, stable and secure communication platform, with the designed extensibility, enables the independence from commercial providers, from their business plans and from their technologies with short update cycles.
(c) Social Impact
The successful implementation of the new technologies developed in the project will provide sure improvement in the secure and safe data communication. Nevertheless, it is noted that the data link and multilink concept are defined with the aim of making them transparent to the operators (pilots and controllers) in order to minimize the human impacts.
The improvements in Navigation will allow to have more flexible approaches, relieving local communities from noise issues and to improve the ability of ANSPs to design environmentally friendly routings to major airports and achieve the related benefits in pollution and noise enhancing the environmental sustainability and, hence, fostering public acceptance. Better relationships between airports and local communities may also improve the capacity of the airports by relaxing operational restrictions imposed due to noise issues.
Worldwide surveillance coverage from the airport, TMA and EN-ROUTE including the oceanic with a sensitive improvement of the accuracy and integrity, will have a progressive social impact. It will change the level of performance of the traffic flow management applications and challenge the way of controlling with some new interactions with the systems.
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