FAB CE improves cross-border service provision with development of common technical and service level agreement

The FAB CE CEO Committee, in its 10 June 2021 meeting, has approved the report and recommendations of the technical services agreement (TSA) and service level agreement (SLA) working group, set up to develop template agreements for sharing air traffic management (ATM) and communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) infrastructure data between FAB CE air navigation surveillance providers (ANSPs), a critical step in implementing cross-border digitalisation technology programmes.

The development of cross-border agreement templates will substantially shorten the time needed to update the existing agreements and harmonise TSA/SLA development and monitoring – including reducing times and resources required for National Safety Agency audits - as well as harmonising the rules, conditions and mandates between FAB CE ANSPs for sharing or exchange of ATM and CNS data.

According to the report:

“Cross-border interactions will require a higher level of data sharing and extensive data availability will bring direct operational benefits to the operational and engineering departments, better flexibility in airspace design and more flexibility in maintenance planning. In case of extensive cross-border sectorisation (as a result of the Airspace Taskforce), stronger cooperation on the level of ATM and CNS data sharing will be necessary and the rules and conditions for data exchange will need to be well defined in the bilateral or multilateral agreements between ANSPs.”

These complex legal documents cover critical aspect of cross-border ANS provision such as the technical and cost implications of the exchange of surveillance information, both internally and with ANSPs outside the FAB CE airspace alliance. The workgroup’s recommendations proposed developing further key principles of surveillance data sharing and service provision to meet the regulatory requirements for the performance and the interoperability of surveillance for the Single European Sky.

The CEOC’s approval of the report and recommendation closed the Common CNS Planning project.