• Project ID PJ03b SAFE
  • Project duration 2016-11-01 > 2019-12-31
  • Cost
    • Total 13 542 193,39
    • EU Contr. 1 668 921,46
  • Status Closed


Safety is aviation’s top priority. To work for even safer airports, Project 03b SAFE defined, consolidated and validated additional safety barriers to mitigate the risks of runway incursion, runway excursion and more generally the risk of incidents and accidents involving aircraft at the airport. They focused on four solutions:

Solution ‘Enhanced airport safety support tools for controllers’ will provide air traffic controllers with means to prevent the delivery of conflicting clearances and detect non-conformance to clearances on the entire airport.

Solution ‘Conformance monitoring alerts for pilots’ will warn pilots when an inconsistency between the aircraft behaviour with either ATC clearance or procedure is detected.

Solution ‘Traffic alerts for pilots for airport operations’ is a key feature to significantly decrease the risk of collision with any mobile on runway and taxiways, improving safety on airport surface.

Solution ‘Safety support tools for avoiding runway excursions’ addressed the most frequent type of runway safety accident (22% of all accidents over the 2010-2014 period according to IATA Safety Report). The work focused on how the risk of runway excursion can be mitigated by on-board and ground systems that could warn pilots, controllers or both when appropriate. This solution requires a better knowledge of runway braking conditions, and can improve the runway capacity and environmental aspects through a better management of decontamination operations.

Dedicated tasks to support standardisation activities were performed in each solution when appropriate.
PJ03b Consortium involves key stakeholders of Airborne Industry, Ground ATM Industry, Service Providers (ATM and Airports), Aerospace Research and EUROCONTROL. Those members of the SJU cooperated for implementing SESAR 2020 in an efficient, open and timely manner, providing a wide range of expertise and committing together to deliver high-quality results.

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734139

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