The FAB CE CEO Committee (CEOC) meeting in Madrid in March 2019 agreed a number of important airspace design improvement studies and related technical programmes to ensure airspace users can further optimise their trajectories through FAB CE airspace over the coming years.
To enable the full benefits of free route airspace (FRA) implementation the CEOs agreed to start work on the implementation plan for the merger of the current SEEN FRA and SECSI FRA areas to enable FAB CE-wide seamless and traffic flow-oriented FRA area. Full FRA coverage in FAB CE will be achieved following the implementation in 2021 by ANS Czech Republic of FRA in the Prague flight information region (FIR).
To achieve optimised cross-FIR sector designs and procedures the meeting also agreed to nominate experts to participate in a dedicated task force, operating under the umbrella of the FAB CE Steering Committee, to identify and propose static cross-border sectorisation solutions between neighbouring FAB CE ANSPs which could resolve capacity or complexity related issues. The NM was asked to participate in the task force programme.
Task force recommendations will be introduced into the appropriate FAB CE work programmes after the study has been completed.
CEOs also tasked the FAB CE Steering Committee to update the FAB CE strategy with new recommendations for airspace sector redesign in response to the recently-published Airspace Architecture Study (AAS). The committee will report on its initial proposals for enabling solutions expected after 2025 at the autumn 2019 CEOC meeting.
Finally, FAB CEOs agreed that the Operations Sub-Committee will identify existing automation and productivity tools which could yield additional benefits for FAB CE in the operational environment envisaged by the AAS in the short and medium term, enabling the FAB CE Concept of Seamless Operations.