• SJU reference # PJ.10-06 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Capacity
    Operational efficiency
  • Status In the pipeline

Air traffic controllers receive detailed and lengthy training to acquire a specific qualification to become for example, an area controller or aerodrome controller. In addition, they receive sector validations, which permit them to exercise their license in defined volumes of airspace. This contributes to inflexibility within the workforce, as controllers need to acquire additional validations to work in a different sector. It also makes it difficult to introduce concepts such as the flexible movement of sector boundaries, or airspace changes, in response to shifts in traffic flow.

SESAR aims to develop and review advanced tools and concepts that can provide a more flexible validation regime that will allow tactical controllers to be endorsed to work in a larger number of sectors than they do today, and therefore broaden the controller-licensing scheme. The work is initially focused on concept definition and the identification of operational use cases. It intends to also identify the human, system and procedural enablers that are necessary to allow this to happen. The solution extends beyond just the sector and separation management training needs, and also includes looks at information needs, support in emergencies, fall-back modes of operation, and other considerations. Research to date indicates the solution can offer considerable operational efficiency gain and cost benefit to airspace users.


  • Improving operational and cost efficiency

  • Enhanced security