Essential step achieved in the creation of the European Air Traffic Management Network

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France, 13 November 2008

First European Standard for Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) for the Single European Sky Interoperability Regulation adopted for public consultation.

A new page in the modern history of aeronautical standardization has been written by ETSI members and ETSI partner organization EUROCAE. The adoption of a new European Standard on Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) is a significant step towards the completion of the first of many Community Specifications planned for ensuring an interoperable European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN).

The draft European Standard (draft EN 303 213-1 on A-SMGCS Level 1 systems) has been produced by a team appointed by ETSI Aeronautical Standards Task Group TG25 in December 2007. The Task Group's parent Technical Committee (ETSI ERM) has now approved this draft for Public Enquiry, the next step in the process before formal European adoption of the standard.

The production of this draft European Standard builds on work by CEN, EUROCAE, and ETSI members including EUROCONTROL to create a guidance document on the development of 'Community Specifications' for application under the SES legislation. Community Specifications are European Standards that may be used to give presumption of conformity to the SES Interoperability Regulation. The document adopted today is the first of the Community Specifications for SES produced by the European Standards organisations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

Dr. Gabrielle Owen, Chairman, ETSI Technical Committee ERM, says: 'With the achievement of this milestone, we have for the first time a draft of a European Standard for Air Navigation Service Equipment, which follows the requirements of the Single European Sky Legislation, adopted in 2004. This is an important step forward for the implementation of the Single European Sky, delivering the potential to maintain the existing high levels of safety while increasing the efficiency of air traffic in Europe'.


Notes for Editors

About Single European Sky
The Single European Sky legislation (SES) was adopted in 2004. The aim of the legislation is to increase capacity and safety in the European airspace and create a common market for air navigation services equipment and procedures. Based on advice from ETSI, the European Commission issued Mandate M/390 which contains among other things the task of developing a European Standard on Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS). Such systems are in operation at major airports to provide situational awareness of ground movements to apron and air traffic controllers. This considerably enhances safety and capacity in high-density traffic situations and in hazardous weather conditions.
In the mandate, the European Commission encourages the European Standardization Organizations to utilise existing documents from the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) and the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) as a basis for the standards.

About ETSI
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization whose 700+ ETSI member organizations benefit from direct participation and are drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide. For more information please visit:

The EUROCAE association is a non-profit organisation whose membership exclusively comprises aviation stakeholders made up of Manufacturers (aircrafts, airborne equipments, ATM systems and ground equipments), Services Providers, National and International Aviation Authorities and Users (Airlines, Airports, operators) from Europe and elsewhere.
EUROCAE develops performance specifications and other documents exclusively dedicated to the Aviation community. EUROCAE documents are widely referenced as a means of compliance to European Technical Standard Orders (ETSOs) and other regulatory documents.
EUROCAE also produces system performance and guidance documents, data link application descriptions and overarching standards such as software and environmental test requirements; many of which are referenced by Civil Aviation Authorities and International regulatory bodies.


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