Following the publication earlier this year of the report by the Wise Persons Group on Air Traffic Control and the SESAR JU’s Airspace Architecture Study (see below), the FAB CE Steering Committee has begun work to align its portfolio of cooperative programmes with these publications and will announce a new development strategy in early 2020.
“Functional airspace blocs such as FAB CE will have to play a pivotal role in translating these high level strategies into operational programmes, ensuring the priorities of the European Commission, Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU, States and air navigation service providers are all taken into account” says Matej Eljon, FAB CE Programme Manager and director of FAB CE Aviation Ltd.
In April 2019 FAB CE established a Task Force to study further areas of regional cooperation with the aim of establishing an airspace design optimized for all airspace users (See https://www.fab-ce.eu/news-media/news/218-fab-ce-airspace-task-force-starts-to-gather-stakeholder-views-on-airspace-architecture-study-re-sectorisation-proposals-2). The new development strategy will be launched in the first quarter of 2020.
- The Airspace Architecture Study, or AAS, was published in March 2019 by the SESAR JU in coordination with the Network Manager. It contains proposals to address airspace capacity and resilience challenges by combining airspace configuration changes and new technologies to decouple the service provision from the local infrastructure, by enabling cyber-secure data sharing and by increasing progressively the level of automation support.
- The European Commission’s DG MOVE established a Wise Persons Group on the future of the Single European Sky (SES) and in April 2019 the group delivered its ten recommendations. These included new ways of accelerating the implementation of a Digital European Sky, establishing a seamless European (Upper) Airspace System including a common route charge system, creating a new market for ATM data service providers, using the performance and charging scheme to support the digitalisation of air traffic services and simplifying economic regulation.