The modernisation of air traffic management is one of the main challenges of current aeronautics research.The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project defines, develops and deploys what is needed to increase ATM performance and build Europe’s intelligent air transport system. The current programme is SESAR 2020, running from 2016 to 2024 with a budget of 1.6 billion Euro, supports projects to deliver solutions in four key areas, namely airport operations, network operations, air traffic services and technology enablers.

Part of SESAR 2020 is the Project PJ05 “Remote Tower for Multiple Airports” with focus on the safe and efficient airport of the future. By bringing the concept of remotely controlling multiple airports to a higher maturity level, the SESAR project aims at providing small and medium sized airports with more cost-efficient and service tailored air traffic services.

The project was launched in November 2016 and runs in its first wave over 37 months supported by 39 international partners from industry, air navigation service providers and research organisations.