SESAR JU RISE Project Wraps Up With Tremendous Success

NAVBUE and its SEJAR partners are proud to announce the successful completion of the RISE Project (RNP Implementation Synchronised in Europe). Together, with SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), we have laid the ground work for the deployment of performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures at eight airports located in southern Europe.

The two-year RISE project aimed at improving airport access and enhancing safety of operations by removing the circle-to-land approaches, without relying on the ground navigation infrastructure, lowering the weather minima and allowing shorter tracks resulting in track mile savings and continuous descent operations.

The project, co-financed by SJU, was managed by NAVBLUE, in collaboration with four air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – DCAC, NAV Portugal, DSNA, HCAA –three airline operators – Air France, Novair and TAP Portugal, and numerous participant airlines including Aegean, EasyJet, Emirates and Air Corsica. These partners conducted over 500 flight trials, demonstrating 43 PBN procedures, such as required navigation performance (RNP) approaches with authorisation required (AR), RNP approaches, visual RNAV approaches, and RNP1 to instrument landing system (ILS) procedures (RNAV (RNP), RNAV (GNSS), RNAV Visual, RNP1 to ILS).

Paul-Franck Bijou, Chief Commercial Officer, NAVBLUE, remarked: “This project represented how industry partners can collaborate closely, each bringing their own expertise, to make substantial ecological and financial gains in the aviation industry benefitting all today and in the long term.”

For each airport, the project included design of the PBN procedures, validation on a full flight simulator, training of air traffic controllers and real flight demonstrations and supported extensively through the active participation of the four ANSPs.

Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking remarked: “The RISE project represented an excellent opportunity to demonstrate more widely the significant efficiency, safety and environmental benefits that are possible with PBN procedures. I am very pleased that we were successful in improving access to regional airports, which is critical for better mobility and connectivity in Europe.”

Through questionnaires completed by Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and flight crews and through flight data recordings, the project received very positive feedback and has been deemed to be a tremendous success that is bringing to the industry numerous safety enhancements, environmental benefits through reduced fuel consumption and noise disturbances while also providing greater airport accessibility.

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NAVBLUE is an integrated Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management Services company providing end-to-end, innovative and integrated flight operations solutions for a wide-range of customers around the world.

About RISE

Lead and co-financed by SJU, the project is managed by NAVBLUE, in collaboration with four air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – DCAC, NAV Portugal, DSNA, HCAA – and three airline operators – Air France, Novair and TAP Portugal. Together, these partners have conducted more than 500 flight trials, demonstrating a range of PBN procedures, such as Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Approach, RNP AR, Visual RNAV, and RNP to Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures, in France (Nice and Ajaccio); Portugal (Madeira and Horta), Greece (Corfu, Iraklion, Santorini, Mykonos) and Cyprus (Paphos, Larnaca).


SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) was set up to modernise and harmonise ATM systems through the definition, development and deployment of innovative technological and operational solutions. Established in 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is a public-private partnership which pools the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate SESAR Solutions. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SJU currently has 15 members who together with their partners and affiliate associations represent over 80 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SJU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators, and the scientific community. In 2014, the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), comprised of air navigation service providers, airlines and the SESAR-related Deployment Airport Operators Group (SDAG), coordinates the implementation of the EU’s Pilot Common Project, the first set of SESAR Solutions to be deployed in a synchronised and timely manner across Europe.

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