SESAR Seminar in Tallinn

On September 2nd 2011, SESAR and Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) participated in a seminar organised for Estonian and other stakeholders in the Baltic States.

Top management & Flight OPS representatives from airlines, airports, aviation Industry, politicians and trade associations were updated on the latest developments in the SESAR programme.

Siim Kallas – Transport Commissioner, European Commission, in his opening speech, delivered a strong message about the importance of the Single European Sky project for the Baltic air transport stakeholders. “I would urge the Estonian universities to get involved in the SESAR research projects.

On the Baltic side, a warm welcome to SESAR was expressed by Mr Eero Pärgmäe, Deputy Secretary General (Transport) of Estonia. He also stressed the importance of th implementation of Remotely Operated Towers.

All attendees showed a strong interest in SESAR, and were very keen to know how they could participate in the SESAR activities. Suggestions for active involvement of the Baltic ANS Providers included AIRE, WPE in long-term research as well as in validation exercises. As usual, Patrick Ky – Executive Director – SESAR Joint Undertaking – encouraged the willingness and motivation which was expressed by the Baltic air transport actors, and welcomed their participation in the SESAR programme. He insisted on the importance of the validation exercises and remotely operated towers.

Among other key speakers there were Mr Tanel Rautits, CEO of Estonian ANS, who gave a comprehensive presentation on the EANS contribution into the SES developments. Last but not least, Mr Tero Taskila, Estonian Air President, and Mr Rein Loik, CEO Tallinn Airport Ltd, shared their viewpoints on ATM.

Clearly, the SESAR seminar in Estonia was a real success. Many questions were raised, and the discussion between all the parties involved was really fruitful discussion. Many thanks to the participants and the hosts of this SESAR seminar.