The SESAR INSuRE Demonstration Project Kicks Off

Rome, Italy - 16th October, 2013 - The Integration into non-segregated ATM (INSuRE) Project Kick Off Meeting, in IDS’s Rome premises on 16th October, marks the “T0” point of the project’s execution phase. The INSuRE Project encompasses a set of validation and demonstration activities addressing the integration of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air Systems) into non-segregated airspace.

The purpose of INSuRE is to address and demonstrate the:

  • Operational management of one rotary wing RPAS, piloted from a fixed station on the ground, evaluating its interaction with other vehicles in a non-segregated airspace;
  • Operational aspects in implementing nominal ATCO procedures;
  • Safety aspects to allow safe integration in controlled airspaces;
  • Human factor aspects addressing both the pilot’s and ATCO’s workload and reactions.

The INSuRE Project is one of nine Integrated RPAS Demonstration projects that have been selected for co-financing by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), which coordinates the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) programme. SESAR in-flight demonstrations show, on a larger scale, the benefits of the programme in day-to-day operations and build confidence in the SESAR solutions amongst the ATM community.

SESAR Integrated RPAS Demonstrations aim to:

  • Demonstrate how to integrate RPAS into non-segregated airspace in a multi-aircraft and manned flight environment, in order to explore the feasibility of integration with the wider aviation community by 2016;
  • Focus on concrete results filling the operational and technical gaps identified for RPAS integration into non-segregated airspace;
  • Capitalise on the SESAR delivery approach by providing synergies, risk and opportunities, with the overall SESAR programme.

Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A. (IDS), Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) and Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A. (SD) are the members of the INSuRE Consortium which were awarded the co-financing of the INSuRE Project. The agreement was signed between the SESAR JU, which is providing 50% of the funding, and IDS (the consortium lead) on 10th September 2013.

IDS is the consortium’s coordinator and will be responsible for project management and, on the technical side of the simulation campaign, for validating the approach and providing expertise both at ATM level and at the technical level. IDS will make available to the project its validation platform in Pisa, including an aircraft cockpit simulator and an ATC simulator, and the capability to simulate and control the RPAS vehicles in the validation scenario.

RPAS Ground Station

RPAS Ground Station

The necessary and crucial role of the ANSP is covered by ANS CR. ANS CR will lead the operational activities at the selected aerodrome (LKTB Brno-Turany) and the dedicated safety analysis. The ANSP is also contributing with licenced and experienced personnel (ATCO as well as ATSEP) together with a team of ANSP experts.

LKTB Brno-Turany

BRNO Airport - Tower

The RPAS manufacturer and operator is represented by SD, which will coordinate and lead the relevant preparation and execution of the flight campaign in the Czech Republic. In 2012 SD started the “RUAS-HERO” program for the development and production of a rotary wing RPAS with an MTOM (Maximum Take Off Mass) of less than 150 Kg. The SD-150 Hero will be the RPAS vehicle used in the INSuRE demonstration flights.

SD-150 Hero

RPAS vehicle - SD-150 Hero

About the INSuRE project consortium:

Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A. (IDS) is an independent engineering and systems technologies company, providing research, innovation and products in the electromagnetic and air navigation fields for both civil and defence applications since 1980.

Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR), a state-owned enterprise established on January 1st 1995 is the national provider of Air Navigation Services in the airspace of the Czech Republic and at the Prague-Ruzyne, Brno-Turany, Ostrava-Mosnov and Karlovy Vary Airports.

Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A. (SD) was created as a joint venture between IDS and AgustaWestland in January 2006. Sistemi Dinamici's mission is to develop methodologies and innovative solutions in the fields of rotary wing RPAS, rotor aeroelasticity, wind tunnel equipment, helicopter flight mechanics and fly by wire.


The SESAR programme is the technological and operational pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. The aim of SESAR is to overcome fragmentation of the ATM system and deliver advanced technological and operational solutions with a view to bringing Europe’s ATM into the 21st century.

SESAR is managed by the SESAR JU which coordinates and concentrates all relevant research and development efforts on ATM with a view to harmonising industrial implementation. With almost 3,000 experts in Europe and beyond working together, SESAR is already bringing operational solutions to ATM systems; increasing operability, traffic predictability, flexibility, safety and cost efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emission. Research and innovation are ongoing and deployment by industry is on its way.

The SESAR JU was founded by the European Union, EUROCONTROL, and has 15 member companies: AENA, Airbus, Alenia Aermacchi, DFS, DSNA, ENAV, Frequentis, Honeywell, Indra, NATMIG, NATS (En Route) Limited, NORACON, SEAC, SELEX ES and Thales. A total of 70 companies are participating in SESAR, including members, associate partners, and their affiliates and sub-contractors.

For further information, please see http://www.sesarju.eu/node/1627