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16 July, 2013

FAB CE CEO Meeting held in Zagrebceoc 1 kl

The 12th FAB CE CEO Meeting was held in Zagreb on July 12, for the first time under the chairmanship of Dragan Bilać, Director General of Croatia Control. Items on the agenda included joint reports from the FAB CE SC Chairman and the Program manager on among other topics the on-going FAB CE strategy development, the FAB CE Communication Plan, FAB CE legal entity and the FAB CE Seamless Operations project.

 

 

  


 

22 May, 2013

FAB CE CEO Meeting held in Vienna – Dragan Bilać new CEOC ChairmanDragan Bilac

The 11th FAB CE CEO Meeting was held in Vienna on May 21. In accordance with the ANSP agreement the chairmanship was transferred from the current chairman Johann Zemsky, Austro Control to Dragan Bilać, Director General of Croatia Control. The transfer will go into effect June 1, the term will run for one year.

Dragan Bilać (1970) graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

He started his career in the Technical Division of Croatia Airlines, continued it in Siemens Information and Communication and came to Croatia Control Ltd (CCL) in 2003, where he was first appointed as safety manager of CroATMP (Croatian Air Traffic Management Modernisation Project).

Johann Zemsky and Dragan Bilac

He also led the implementation of the safety management system (SMS) in CCL and, from 2007 to February 2013, he was in charge of the CCL Safety and Quality Department.  He was FAB CE Safety Sub-Committee Manager (2008-2013) and Eurocontrol Safety Team Member (2007-2013). In March 2013 he was appointed Director General of CCL.

 

 

Among other topics discussed at the FAB CEOC were updates on the status of Subcommittee activities as well as the ongoing FAB CE Strategy Development.

  


 

05 April, 2013

FAB CE Strategy update under development

After the formal establishment of FAB CE on December 4th, 2012 the FAB CE CEO Committee adopted the FAB CE “Strategic Orientation” leading to a FAB CE Strategy update by the end of 2013, which should reflect the goals of Single European Sky, the European Network Strategy Plan as well as SESAR. The task was assigned to four newly appointed task forces: “Cost Containment”, “Common Business and Performance Planning”, “Staff Usage” and “Concept of Operation”.  Together with the Subcommittees and the Program Manager they will provide input to the strategy development process. The most important goal is to develop a common FAB CE Performance Plan which will serve as foundation for reaching the Single European Sky performance targets still to be determined for RP 2 (2015 – 2019). 

 


 

25 March, 2013

10th FAB CE CEO Committee meeting held in LjubljanaCEOC LJU

The 10th FAB CE CEO Committee took place in Ljubljana on March 22nd on the premises of Slovenia Control. The main topics on the agenda included the on-going FAB CE strategy development and an update on coordination procedures for the FAB Performance Body. The CEOs as well as other meeting participants took the opportunity to pay a visit to the recently opened ACC.

 

 

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 14 March, 2013

Project Functional Integration of ASM/ATFCM Processes - Final Report

The ASM/ATFCM integrated process was recognized as a key element to improve FAB CE operation by 2015. Within FAB CE this project was set up to investigate how regional ASM/ATFCM processes can be integrated and implemented.

This included:

- Analysis of the current situation
- Validation of possible solutions for improvements through simulations and trials
- Live Trial (May 2012) and Real Time Simulation (October 2012)
- Support the development of validation and implementation process in the FAB CE
- Production of ASM operational requirements to achieve consistency for the region

Final report - recommendations (2013-2015)

The recommendations of the final report include among other points the continued harmonization and upgrades of National ASM/ATFCM systems for 2013 – 2015 and the development of harmonized integrated FAB CE ASM/ATFCM processes, based on the results of the Live Trial.

In terms of safety assessment activities, the main focus will be on reviewing and validating the assumptions made within the scope of the preliminary safety assessment activities during the pre-implementation and implementation phase as well as carrying out detailed pre-implementation safety assessment of the particular integration model selected for implementation.

Leaflet 1 - Final Project Report
Leaflet 2 - Report Real Time Simulation 


 

20 February, 2013

Bosnia-Herzegovina ratifies FAB CE Agreement

Bosnia-Herzegovina has become the seventh and final state to ratify the FAB CE Agreement. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Slovenia informed the contracting states, the respective Instrument of ratification was deposited on February 6th, 2013. The agreement will subsequently enter into force for Bosnia-Herzegovina on April 7, 2013.


 

13 February, 2013

EU Notice on FAB CE published 

The Notice concerning the implementation of Article 9a(7) of Regulation (EC) No 550/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of air navigation services in the single European sky (Publication of Member States' decisions establishing functional airspace blocks) regarding FAB CE has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Notice (2013/C 31/10).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06 February, 2013

FAB CE-wide "Free-Route" Airspace to become operational by 2018 

„Free Route Airspace“ Concept in FAB CE -  Users will be able to freely plan a route between a defined entry and exit point, with the possibility to route via intermediate (published or unpublished) way points, without reference to the ATS route network.

Implementation of “Free Route Airspace” has already begun in Croatia and Austria. The step by step realisation within FAB CE will result in incremental benefits by applying “Free Route Airspace” structures and principles and deploying “Free Route Airspace” stepwise across the borders to a FAB CE-wide implementation by 2018 thereby substantially improving horizointal flight efficiency within the FAB.


 

21 January,  2013

9th FAB CE CEO Committee meeting held in ViennaFABCE CEOC

The 9th FAB CE CEO Committee took place in Vienna on January 18th.The main topics on the agenda included the on-going FAB CE strategy development, an update on project activities by the Program Manager as well as TEN-T financing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

14 January, 2013

FAB CE established: Substantial Benefits for Airlines and Passengers

The successful launch of FAB CE on December 4th represents a major milestone in the implementaion of Single European Sky. The flow of air traffic in the Central European Region will see significant improvements over the coming years generating substantial benefits for airlines and passengers.  The overall added value of all FAB CE projects has recently been summarized in a detailed document.

Through the implementation of the FAB CE Airspace Plan around 4 million km are saved in excess route distance by 2015 from route improvements, increasing to 14.7 million km saved by 2018, with the implementation of “Free Route Airspace”. The consequent savings in CO2 emissions are 44,260 tons by 2015 and 162,150 tons by 2018. More than 70 proposals for route optmisiations are to be implemented within FAB CE as part of the Airspace Plan. The FAB wide „Free Route Airspace“ should be fully operational by 2018.

As of January 1, Croatia in accordance with the FAB Agreement has assumed the presidency of the FAB CE Council for 2013.


 

 

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Events

19/05/15

FAB CE Social Dialogue in Budapest

FAB CE Air navigation service providers and representatives of trade unions from the FAB CE region came together for the first Social Dialogue meeting of 2015 on May 19 at the headquarters of HungaroControl in Budapest.

The meeting was chaired by Kornél Szepessy, CEO HungaroControl and the head of the Croatian Air Traffic Controllers´ Association, Zeljko Oreski. More than 40 participants discussed numerous topics ranging from the current status of SES2+, the FAB CE Performance Plan and ongoing activities regarding interFAB cooperation. One major point of the discussion was on how to deal with unplanned traffic increases caused by regional crises. Jozsef Bakos, Head of ATM at HungaroControl, presented the common approach developed by the FAB CE OPS Sub Committee (Presentation:  “A common FAB CE Plan to cope with sudden heavy increase of traffic”)

Matej Eljon,  the newly appointed Director of  FAB CE Aviation Ltd., talked about the new Compnay and ongoing call for tenders for project support services. Danube ATCU called for a common FAB CE approach for "Just Culture Guidelines". In addition, union representatives recommended the harmonization of the quantitative Safety Indicators.

 


 

27/11/2014

 

Second FAB CE Social Dialogue Forum for 2014 held in Budapest

Air navigation service providers of Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE) and representatives of trade unions from the FAB CE region held their meeting on November 27, 2014 in Budapest, at the headquarters of HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte.

 

The participants of the FAB CE Social Dialogue forum had a consultation about their views regarding SES II+, the common strategy of FAB CE, the tasks of the new FAB CE legal entity, the impact of the restriction in Ukrainian airspace, the opportunities to further improve the cooperation between European FABs as well as HR&TRN activities. The conference was co-chaired by Kornél Szepessy, current Chairman of FAB CE CEO Committee and CEO of HungaroControl, and by Alexander Rovina, air traffic controller of Austro Control representing the FAB CE Union Alliance.

 


 

08/05/2014

FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop on April 30 in Prague

The Social Dialogue Forum, held on April 30 in Prague, was chaired by Mr Dragan Bilac, FAB CE CEOC Chairman, and co-chaired by Mr Janos Lakatos, who represented the FAB CE social partners, and is also the Chairman of the Danube ATCU, a trade unions association representing the air traffic controllers from Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

The EC representative Mr Patrick Bernard, and Mr Zdenek Jelinek from the Czech Ministry of Transport, as the Chairman of the FAB CE Committee, also participated in the forum.

The next Social Dialogue Forum will be held in October 2014.

Presentations:

Status of the FAB CE program – Mr Ivan Hubert
OPS Roadmap development – Mr Peter Oberhofer
SES 2+ and FAB CE - EU Pilot – Mr Zdenek Jelinek
SES 2+ ANSP perspective- Mr Ondrej Fabrici
Centralized Services – Mr Ondrej Fabrici
Gate One initiative – Mr Ondrej Fabrici
Performance management – Mr Martin Podesva
FABEC paper on Performance: EU/US comparison – Mr Janos Lakatos

  


 

16/12/2013

FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop in Zagreb

SD workshop 1 smThe FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop was held in Zagreb on 12th December 2013, hosted by Croatia Control. It was attended by 25 participants: Chairman Dragan Bilać (FAB CE CEOC Chairman),  Co-chairman Peter Biro (FAB CE Unions Alliance), Program Manager Ivan Hubert and staff representatives from 7 unions from 4 ANSPs. 

In his welcoming speech Mr Bilać expressed his gladness with re-starting SD relations after over one-year pause since the last SD Forum took place. He announced expected completion of the FAB CE Strategy at the beginning of 2014. New strategic roadmap will SD workshop 2 smbe based on a so-called Freemove Scenario and will introduce a Free Route Airspace within the whole of FAB CE as its most significant element.
Furthermore audience was presented with the status of the FAB CE projects and latest developments by Ivan Hubert, Program Manager, as well as the possible impact of the potential social issues in the projects to the ANSPs staff by Chairmen of Human Resource SubCommittee Zoran Jakšić and of Technical SC Michael Loeffler.

In light of the ongoing process of the European ATM reform through the SES 2+ Initiative aimed at accelerating the process of the overall SES implementation, in particular regarding its objectives related to the cost efficiency, performance and defragmentation of the European airspace, all participants stressed out high importance of cooperation and active participation of all SD partners.

Mr Bilać announced that next Social Dialogue Forum will be held in Prague in April 2014.

 


 

17/10/2012

FAB CE Social Dialogue Forum in Budapest

The 2nd Social Dialgoue Forum 2012 will be held in Budapest on the premises of Hungarocontrol on October 17th. Among the items on the Agenda are:

  • Project Status
  • EC Consultation Process  
  • Social Partners' Position Paper on ATCO mobility  
  • SD Charter 
  • Effects of RP2 on FAB CE 
  • ATCO Retirement Age

 

   
14/03/2012

FAB CE Social Dialogue Forum in Prague

Jenec (Prague) 

The agenda includes the following topics:

  • Project Status
  • Distribution of SD relevant Information to SD Partners (Procedure)
  • Social Partners' Position Paper on ATCO mobility
  • SES Conference in Venice (16/17 Nov 2011)
  • Update on FAB CE Training
  • Unions Alliance letter to CEOC Chairman

 


Past events:

 

24/11/2011

FAB CE Social Dialogue (SD) Forum

ATCC Praha (Prague), ANS CR Headquarters 

The agenda includes the following topics:

  • FAB CE Legal Framework (Content of FABA and ANSP Coordination Agreement)
  • Organization of FAB CE
  • Overview of Status of Projects
  • Report Projects OPS, TECH, HR
  • Social impacts of possible ATCO/staff/airspace mobility

25/11/2009

2nd FAB CE Stakeholders Workshop

Prague/Jenec, at Czech ANS
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Programme
FAB CE 2nd Stakeholder Workshop
FAB CE 2nd Social Dialog Workshop


25 February 2009

FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop

The FAB CE Social Dialogue Workshop was held in Zagreb on 25 February 2009, attended by all concerned National Staff representatives/Unions, from the 7 ANSPs.


Working papers
Agenda
Information paper to social partners
Minutes from the FAB_CE 1st Social Dialogue Workshop
     


9-10 October 2008

PIM 4


June 12, 2008

FAB CE Ministerial Conference

A FAB CE Ministerial Conference will be held in Luxembourg on June, 12 2008.


May 30, 2008

Constitutional Meeting of FAB CE CEOs’ Committee

The Constitutional Meeting of FAB CE CEOs’ Committee took place in Budapest on May 30, 2008. A MoC was signed by the 7 ANSPs.
              
Communique





2 April 2008

PIM 3

FAB_CE participated to PIM/3 meeting. All participants expressed, inter alia, the common wish of FABs to study the impact of ASM/ATFCM integration.


March 5, 2008

1st Stakeholders Workshop

The FAB Central Europe 1st Stakeholders Workshop was held in Prague, at Czech ANS Jenec IATCC premises, on 5 March 2008. The Workshop was attended by over 50 participants, including FAB CE States representatives, CAAs, NSAs, Military ATM, ANSPs, IATA and several Staff representatives. This wide audience was presented with the status and expected concepts related to FAB CE implementation.
  
Following Presentations were given:

  • Background
  • Master Plan
  • CBA
  • IATA
  • Operations
  • Systems
  • Human


Main Conclusions of the Workshop:

  • As emphasized by IATA and by other contributors, the time has come to go ahead: FAB must be implemented, without delay.
  • The Master Plan provides the conclusion that FAB CE is feasible and provides a roadmap and key milestones for the implementation.
  • The Cost Benefit Analysis has shown that the Static AoR Scenario is beneficial. The Dynamic AoR Scenario brings additional benefits on the condition that it is implemented as from 2021, and on the basis of business decisions. The meeting concluded also that more benefits may be achieved than the ones addressed in the CBA.
  • The early stages of development of FAB CE should equally focus on staff involvement, through social dialogue. Some existing models for social dialogue should be examined.


Documents:

Presentation - Background
FAB CE CBA presentation to Stakeholder Forum 5 Mar 2008 v1.0
FAB CE Internal Stakeholder Workshop_Operations v2
FAB CE Internal Stakeholder Workshop_Systems v2
FAB CE Internal Stakeholder Workshop_Human (final)  


Photos:


View of the Workshop Room


View of the Workshop Room


Head table, from left to right : Mr. Ivan Hubert Chairman of FABCE SG, Mr. Jan Klas, CEO ANS CR,
Mr Alex Hendriks Director/Programme manager, Mr. Nicolas Gautier Project Coordination manager


Head table, from left to right : Mr Ivan Hubert, Mr. Jan Klas, Mr. Alex Hendriks


December 14, 2007

PIM 2

FAB CE participated to the PIM2 meeting. The Terms of Reference (ToRs) for PIM were agreed.


2007

PIM 1 workshop

FAB CE attended the first PIM (Periodic Information Meeting) and presented the overview of FAB CE Feasibility Study project.


2007

Real-time Simulation (SSRTS/9 CONOPS)

A Small Scale Real-Time Simulation (SSRTS/9) of FAB CE Military Advanced Concept of Operation (CONOPS) has been conducted between 15th – 26th of October 2007 by the EUROCONTROL CRDS (CEATS Research, Development and Simulation Centre) in Budapest, Hungary with participation of civil and military controllers from the FAB CE States and operational experts from CFMU.

The simulation was run to evaluate feasibility of FAB CE Military Advanced Concept of Operation in the frame of Central Europe FAB(s) feasibility study project.

The simulation aimed to assess from an operational point of view the feasibility and added value of Airspace Management (ASM) / Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) integration and Collaborative Decision Making process at FAB level.

FAB CE Information (176/2011)

April 2014

The FAB CE/EU Consultation took place in Prague on April 29th.

October 2012 

FAB CE Response to observations submitted during EC Consultation Process


FAB CE has duly considered the observations in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 176/2011 and has put together a detailed and thorough response to the observations made during the EC Consultation Process. The overall added value of all FAB CE projects has also recently been summarized in a detailed document.

Overall added value of all FAB CE Projects
Common Response document
Abbreviations

 

May/June 2012

European Commission Consultation Process - Commission Regulation (EU) 176/2011

Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) shall be implemented by 4 December 2012. Currently, we have entered the consultation phase.

As part of FAB implementation and to facilitate an exchange of views, Member States in all FAB initiatives will consult other Member States, the European Commission, EASA, and other "interested parties". The consultation material of all FABs shall be submitted to the European Commission.

Please find below the presentations prepared for EC Consultation Meeting on June 8.

 

Please find below the documents submitted by FAB CE to the European Commission for consultation:


Annexes:


 

FAB CE Objectives

The main objectives of FAB CE are:   

Safety

The implementation of FAB CE will maintain and wherever possible improve the current level of safety notwithstanding the increased traffic through the establishment of a common safety management system.

FAB CE has put in place an ongoing safety assessment process that will result in the production of a FAB CE Safety Case. The FAB CE Safety Management Systems Roadmap plans activities in the safety area with the aim to harmonize the existing national Safety Management Systems processes within the next five years and manage safety efficiently.  

Optimum use of airspace, improved Flight Efficiency and environmental performance

The ATM services within the FAB CE will be provided in an environment characterised by cross-border airspace design and extensive cross-border sectorisation. The airspace design process will therefore not be constrained by borders between the FAB CE States but will be based on operational needs and air traffic flows resulting in better horizontal and vertical flight efficiency, improvements in productivity and the consequent increase in capacity.

Substantial Benefits for Airlines and PassengersFAB KM

Through the implementation of the FAB CE Airspace Plan around 4 million km are saved in excess route distance by 2015 from route improvements, increasing to 14.7 million km saved by 2018, with the implementation of “Free Route Airspace”. The consequent savings in CO2 emissions are 44,260 tons by 2015 and 162,150 tons by 2018. More than 70 proposals for route optmisiations are to be implemented within FAB CE as part of the Airspace Plan 2012 and the FAB wide „Free Route Airspace“ should be fully operational by 2018.

„Free Route Airspace“ Concept in FAB CE

With the „FreeFAB CO2 Route Airspace“ concept the expected benefits are even more substantial. Users will be able to freely plan a route between a defined entry and exit point, with the possibility to route via intermediate (published or unpublished) way points, without reference to the ATS route network.
Implementation of “Free Route Airspace” has already begun in Croatia and Austria. The step by step realisation within FAB CE will result in incremental benefits by applying “Free Route Airspace” structures and principles and deploying “Free Route Airspace” stepwise across the borders to a FAB CE wide implementation by 2018.


Capacity

FAB CE will result in a reduction of flight delays, while at the same time handling more air traffic. Capacity will be increased to cope with the expected rise of  traffic. The Enhancement of Civil Military Cooperation and application of the Flexible Use of Airspace will also be a benefitting factor to capacity. FAB CE is projected to improve financial and economic cost-effectiveness by around 3-4% compared to the situation without the FAB, as indicated by the CBA.

The number of flights within FAB CE in 2012 is around 1,907,000, increasing to 1,994,000 in 2014, based on a “base” traffic growth scenario. Considering the planned reduction in average delay per flight from 781,870 minutes in 2012 to 658,020 minutes in 2014 a total of 123,850 minutes of delay are saved.

Technical Services Harmonisation

A Communication network is the Key enabler for cross-border operations. It will improve cost efficiency by replacing the point-to-point connections with network connectivities. Frequency management will allow best use of limited aviation radio spectrum. The above mentioned measures will represent € 1.1 m savings in 2012 which will gradually increase to € 6.6 m in 2017 and onwards. Implementation of the new technology based on the common roadmap, will bring a capital cost reduction of € 5.2 m spread over the period 2012-2015.