Air Transport World is reporting that the European Commission has initiated legal proceedings against Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; for not implementing FABs by the deadline. A quote says:
FABs are a cornerstone of the SES initiative and are intended to reduce the capacity, cost and environmental constraints that continue to dog Europe's fragmented air traffic management (ATM) system by establishing common airspace blocks arranged around traffic flows rather than state boundaries.
What exactly are SES and FABs, in laymans terms?
SES = Single European Sky Legal Framework. It started in 2004 when the EU Parliament and Council adopted Reg 549/2004 (framework regulation), 550/2004 , 551/2004 and 552/2004 (interoperability regulation). Also, a very important regulation was 219 which established EASA! (All these legislation is called SES I... amendments later came in place along a myriad of Implementing Regulations) which dealt mainly with What and How the Air Navigation Providers (ANSPs) must provide ANS services. This legislation aims at Uniting the National FIRs (Flight Information Regions) into BIGGER FIRs (Called FABs - Functional Airspace Blocks). Most of the operational advantages of FABs: Direct Routes, lower CO2 emissions and lower fuel burns for air companies are True and EU citizens will gain overall.
Since FABs will include the airspace of more sovereign nations, from a legal point of view, FABs need to be created with a Multilateral Agreement in the adjacent States.
So every once in awhile I see an article talking about the air traffic control strikes in Europe like this one: European air traffic controllers to strike. How does this affect me if I am flying to Europe? Do they just close the doors and all airspace becomes uncontrolled airspace? I'm guessing not, but that's what I envision when I hear that! What happens if they go on strike while I'm over the ocean on my way there?
Air Transport World is reporting that the European Commission has initiated legal proceedings against Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; for not implementing FABs by the deadline. A quote says: FABs are a cornerstone of the SES initiative and are intended to reduce the capacity, cost and environmental constraints that continue to dog Europe's fragmented air traffic management (ATM) system by establishing common airspace blocks arranged around traffic flows rather than state boundaries. What exactly are SES and FABs, in laymans terms?
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