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==Description==
 
==Description==
  
'''Functional Airspace Block (FAB)''' means an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of State boundaries, where the provision of air navigation services and related functions are performance-driven and optimized with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block, enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider. ([[Regulation 549/2004 SES Framework|SES Framework Regulation]])
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'''Functional Airspace Block (FAB)''' means an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of State boundaries, where the provision of air navigation services and related functions are performance-driven and optimized with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block, enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider. ([[Regulation 549/2004 - SES Framework|SES Framework Regulation]])
  
 
==Regulatory Requirements==
 
==Regulatory Requirements==
  
The Single European Sky [[Regulation 550/2004 Provision of Air Navigation Services in SES|Service Provision Regulation]] requires that by 4 December 2012, Member States shall take all necessary measures in order to ensure the implementation of functional airspace blocks with a view to achieving the required capacity and efficiency of the air traffic management network within the [[Single European Sky (SES)|Single European Sky]] and maintaining a high level of safety and contributing to the overall performance of the air transport system and a reduced environmental impact.  
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The Single European Sky [[Regulation 550/2004 - Provision of Air Navigation Services in SES|Service Provision Regulation]] requires that by 4 December 2012, Member States shall take all necessary measures in order to ensure the implementation of functional airspace blocks with a view to achieving the required capacity and efficiency of the air traffic management network within the [[Single European Sky (SES)|Single European Sky]] and maintaining a high level of safety and contributing to the overall performance of the air transport system and a reduced environmental impact.  
  
 
The requirements for the establishment of Functional Airspace Blocks (FAB) are defined in the EUROCONTROL Report on the European Commission’s Mandate on the subject. It identifies improvements in flight-efficiency within each FAB which provides significant opportunities for savings to operators and benefits for the environment. According to [[EUROCONTROL]], one quarter of European route extension issues can only be solved across FABs and Europe-wide, a strong and effective network management and design function at European level is necessary.
 
The requirements for the establishment of Functional Airspace Blocks (FAB) are defined in the EUROCONTROL Report on the European Commission’s Mandate on the subject. It identifies improvements in flight-efficiency within each FAB which provides significant opportunities for savings to operators and benefits for the environment. According to [[EUROCONTROL]], one quarter of European route extension issues can only be solved across FABs and Europe-wide, a strong and effective network management and design function at European level is necessary.
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Overall nine FAB initiatives have been declared to the [[European Commission]]:
 
Overall nine FAB initiatives have been declared to the [[European Commission]]:
  
[[File:European FABs.jpg]]
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|Lithuania and Poland
 
|Lithuania and Poland
 
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|'''Northern UAC'''
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|'''Danish - Swedish FAB'''
 
|Denmark and Sweden
 
|Denmark and Sweden
 
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|'''North Eastern FAB'''
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|'''North European FAB (NEFAB)'''
|Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
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|Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway  
 
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|'''FAB UK-Ireland'''
 
|'''FAB UK-Ireland'''
 
|United Kingdom and Ireland
 
|United Kingdom and Ireland
 
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|'''FAB Europe Central'''
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|'''FAB Europe Central (FABEC)'''
|Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland
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|Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and EUROCONTROL Maastricht
 
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|'''FAB Central Europe'''
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|'''FAB Central Europe (FAB-CE)'''
|Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia
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|Austria, ''Bosnia & Herzegovina'', ''Croatia'', Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia
 
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|'''Danube FAB'''
 
|'''Danube FAB'''
 
|Bulgaria and Romania
 
|Bulgaria and Romania
 
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|'''SW FAB'''
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|'''South West FAB'''
 
|Portugal and Spain
 
|Portugal and Spain
 
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|'''Blue MED'''
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|'''FAB Blue MED'''
|Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, and Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Albania as observers or associated members
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|Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta. (''Albania'', ''Egypt'' and ''Tunisia'', as associate partners. ''Kingdom of Jordan'' and ''Lebanon'' as observers
 
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==FAB Common Objectives==
 
==FAB Common Objectives==
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*[[Single European Sky (SES) II]]
 
*[[Single European Sky (SES) II]]
*[[Regulation 551/2004 Organisation and Use of the Airspace in SES]]
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*[[Regulation 551/2004 - Organisation and Use of the Airspace in SES]]
*[[Regulation 552/2004 Interoperability of the European ATM Network]]
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*[[Regulation 552/2004 - Interoperability of the European ATM Network]]
*[[Regulation 1070/2009 Improving the Performance of European Aviation System]]
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*[[Regulation 1070/2009 - Improving the Performance of European Aviation System]]
 
*[[ATM Master Plan]]
 
*[[ATM Master Plan]]
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
 
'''European Commission'''
 
'''European Commission'''
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/460.pdf Regulation (EC) No 549/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 laying down the framework for the creation of the Single European sky]
 
 
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/468.pdf Regulation (EC) No 550/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 on the provision of air navigation services in the Single European Sky]  
 
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/468.pdf Regulation (EC) No 550/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 on the provision of air navigation services in the Single European Sky]  
*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1079.pdf Organisation and start of peer reviews of NSAs EC Letter to NSAs]
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*[http://www.skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/1079.pdf Organisation and start of peer reviews of NSAs - EC Letter to NSAs]
 
'''EUROCONTROL'''
 
'''EUROCONTROL'''
*[http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air/studies/doc/traffic_management/evaluation_of_fabs_final_report.pdf EUROCONTROL PRC - Evaluation of Functional Airspace Block (FAB) initiatives and their contribution to performance Improvement]
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*[https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/modes/air/studies/doc/traffic_management/evaluation_of_fabs_final_report.pdf EUROCONTROL PRC - Evaluation of Functional Airspace Block (FAB) initiatives and their contribution to performance Improvement]
*[http://www.eurocontrol.int/fab_ce/ FAB Central Europe website]  
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*[https://skybrary.aero/bookshelf/books/4900.pdf Towards Establishment of FABs] September, 2011
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*[http://www.eurocontrol.int/single-sky Single Pan-European Sky portal]
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[[Category:Safety Regulations]]
 
[[Category:Safety Regulations]]
 
[[Category:Single European Sky]]
 
[[Category:Single European Sky]]
[[Category:SES Construction]]
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[[Category:SES Implementation]]
[[Category:Glossary]]
 

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Description

Functional Airspace Block (FAB) means an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of State boundaries, where the provision of air navigation services and related functions are performance-driven and optimized with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block, enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider. (SES Framework Regulation)

Regulatory Requirements

The Single European Sky Service Provision Regulation requires that by 4 December 2012, Member States shall take all necessary measures in order to ensure the implementation of functional airspace blocks with a view to achieving the required capacity and efficiency of the air traffic management network within the Single European Sky and maintaining a high level of safety and contributing to the overall performance of the air transport system and a reduced environmental impact.

The requirements for the establishment of Functional Airspace Blocks (FAB) are defined in the EUROCONTROL Report on the European Commission’s Mandate on the subject. It identifies improvements in flight-efficiency within each FAB which provides significant opportunities for savings to operators and benefits for the environment. According to EUROCONTROL, one quarter of European route extension issues can only be solved across FABs and Europe-wide, a strong and effective network management and design function at European level is necessary.

FAB Initiatives

Overall nine FAB initiatives have been declared to the European Commission:

European FABs.jpg


The table below indicates the Member States who have declared their involvement in FAB development:

FAB INITIATIVE MEMBER STATES
Baltic FAB Lithuania and Poland
Danish - Swedish FAB Denmark and Sweden
North European FAB (NEFAB) Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway
FAB UK-Ireland United Kingdom and Ireland
FAB Europe Central (FABEC) Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and EUROCONTROL Maastricht
FAB Central Europe (FAB-CE) Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia
Danube FAB Bulgaria and Romania
South West FAB Portugal and Spain
FAB Blue MED Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta. (Albania, Egypt and Tunisia, as associate partners. Kingdom of Jordan and Lebanon as observers

FAB Common Objectives

The FABs share common strategic objectives:

  • Safety: ensure an improved safety level despite civilian traffic growth;
  • Capacity: meet the demand of civil air traffic foreseen to increase;
  • Cost-effectiveness: balance the cost of operations within FABs by establishing more effective route structure and ATC service;
  • Flight efficiency: improve flight efficiency through improvements in routes, flight profiles and distances flown;
  • Environment: reduce the impact on the environment through improvements in routes, flight profiles and distances flown.
  • Military mission effectiveness: improve military mission effectiveness through improved training capabilities and readiness postures as required by States.

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Further Reading

European Commission

EUROCONTROL