• SJU reference # PJ.14-02-06 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
  • Status Available for industrialisation/deployment

Air Traffic Management (ATM) communications capacity is reaching saturation in Europe and the United States, because of the increasing air-traffic volumes and density. The problem is most severe on the airport surface where the large concentration of aircraft is combined with pre-flight and post-flights operations increasingly relying on the data communications capacity.

The solution consists of the integration of AeroMACs with ATN systems, in both ATN/OSI and ATN/IPS options, with (VoIP) digital voice communication and multilink in ATN/OSI environment. It  builds upon Solution #102 (AeroMACS) published in the SESAR 1 catalogue.

Both Solutions #102 and PJ14.02.06 respond to a specific demand agreed by ICAO in 2008 following the ICAO Air Navigation Conference 2003 and ICAO Future Communication Study (Action Plan 17). AeroMACS is part of the Future Communication Infrastructure supporting the Airport Surface Component and is reflected within the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and the ICAO Communication Roadmap in the GANP.

The SESAR Solution PJ14.02.06 answers the need to finalize the development of AeroMACS Datalink started in SESAR1, technically validating the integration of AeroMACS Access Network with ATN/OSI and ATN/IPS Networks, in Multilink environment, and with Digital Voice Systems  (activities left pending in SESAR1 Solution #102 activities).

AeroMACS provides a mature and validated option to support the future ANSP, Airline and Airport Authority datalink communication exchanges in the airport environment between mobile and fixed users. It provides worldwide interoperability and integration of critical communications.

The solution addresses air-ground data communications at airports, which will otherwise continue to experience crowding and ultimately saturation as air traffic grows. In particular AeroMACS can offload the saturated VHF datalink communications in the airport environment, as identified in the recommendations of the EASA Data Link report (2014), as well as enable the future concepts considered in SESAR.

The AeroMACS system will enable:

  • high capacity information exchanges, thanks to higher throughput in airport surface communications;
  • worldwide interoperability and integration of critical coms for ANSPs, Airspace Users and Airports;
  • advanced security capabilities and increased safety levels;
  • advanced surface Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS) systems, leading to more efficient airport surface operations.
  • support enhanced communications and information distribution at lower costs (considering synergies of sharing infrastructure among various stakeolders);

SJU references: #PJ.14-02-06/Wave 2


  • Enhanced safety, security
  • Increased cost efficiency
  • Greater global interoperability