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Negotiations between US and EU on NextGen and SESAR

21-Dec-2009 8:53 AM

European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration opened negotiations (18-Dec-2009) on a Memorandum of Cooperation in civil aviation research and development. Included in the negotiations are the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme and the FAA's 'NextGen' programme, aimed at creating new Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems. Airspace users have been requesting interoperability between SESAR and NextGen to avoid costly duplication of airborne equipment. Negotiations are expected to be complete by Jun-2010 and have the Memorandum of Cooperation entering into force early in 2011. [more]