• we work together to keep the skies safe
  • we work together to keep the skies safe
  • we work together to keep the skies safe

FABEC - we work together to keep the skies safe

Since June 2013, the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central, known as FABEC is officially in operation. It comprises the airspace of the six FABEC States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland and is one of the busiest in the world. FABEC handles about 5.8 million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic.

Performance

FABEC Performance Report 2017

In 2017, FABEC has delivered a high level of service quality in terms of safety, capacity/punctuality and flight efficiency. This is in a nutshell the message provided by the seven FABEC air navigation service providers ANA (Luxembourg), Belgocontrol (Belgium), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), LVNL (Netherlands), MUAC (EUROCONTROL), and skyguide (Switzerland) in their annual performance report 2017. The report provides factual and detailed information about performance trends in FABEC air traffic management. It highlights that the growing traffic volatility which leads to unexpected shifts of traffic flows and impacts performance can only be solved by a coordinated effort of the entire aviation value chain.

Download FABEC Performance Report 2017

Latest Media Releases

  • 18/Sep/2018FABEC at ATCA Annual: Sharing expertise on air traffic volatility and the impact of climate change on aviation
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  • 11/Sep/2018Adverse Weather: New procedures help optimise air traffic management over the Alps in adverse weather conditions
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  • 30/Jul/2018Seasonably air traffic flow management reduces fuel burn and saves CO2 emissions
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  • 02/Jul/2018New record in safely handled traffic - volatility leads to capacity issues
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  • 24/May/2018Volatility: Manage the “known unknown”
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  • 27/Mar/2018FABEC ANSPs control 5.9 million flights safely – volatility and unpredicted traffic growth hampers punctuality and flight efficiency
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Workshop

Baltic FAB and FABEC organised a research workshop "Volatility in Air Traffic and its impact on ATM performance" taking place on 15-16 May 2018 in Warsaw. The conference has being held in partnership with the German Aviation Research society (G.A.R.S.) and the SGH Warsaw School of Economics.

Media release

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Inside ANSPs

  • DSNA | 09/Apr/2018Airspace changes and advanced Flexible Use of Airspace in the South-West of France
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  • DFS | 29/Mar/2018DFS Group takes over air traffic control in Edinburgh
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  • DFS | 23/Mar/2018Expert knowledge for drone pilots
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  • DFS | 06/Mar/2018Frequentis and DFS establish a joint venture for the worldwide delivery of turnkey remote tower projects
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  • DSNA | 06/Mar/2018RECAT-EU at Paris-CDG, a first in Europe!
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  • LVNL | 22/Jan/2018LVNL becomes KLM’s latest biofuel partner
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Upcoming Events

  • 20/Sep/2018FB4C
    Maastricht
  • 20/Sep/2018InterFAB PoC
    Sibenik
  • 25/Sep/2018Harmonisation&Advisory Committee
    Brussels
  • 25/Sep/2018RNDSG (Route Network and Design Sub-Group)
    Brussels
  • 03/Oct/2018Finance&Performance Committee
    The Hague
  • 08/Oct/2018Social Dialogue Operations
    Tbd
  • 16/Oct/2018Social Dialogue SESAR
    Brussels
  • 17/Oct/2018NETOPS (Network Operations Team)
    Brussels
  • 18/Oct/2018SC SAF
    tbd
  • 25/Oct/2018Performance Management Group
    Langen
  • 30/Oct/2018Social Dialogue Airspace Architecture 2035
    Geneva
  • 31/Oct/2018Social Dialogue Safety
    Geneva
  • 05/Nov/2018FABEC OPS Day
    Belgium
  • 06/Nov/2018NDOP (Network Directors of Operations Group)
    Brussels
  • 08/Nov/2018Harmonisation&Advisory Committee
    Brussels
  • 09/Nov/2018Social Dialogue Tripartite
    Paris
  • 13/Nov/2018Airspace Committee
    The Hague
  • 13/Nov/2018RMG/32
    Brussels
  • 14/Nov/2018FB4C
    The Hague
  • 15/Nov/2018Finance&Performance Committee
    The Hague
  • 15/Nov/2018skyguide Business Day
    Bern
  • 17/Nov/2018DFS VFR Pilot Day
    Langen
  • 21/Nov/2018LVNL ChiefPilots @LVNL
    Amsterdam
  • 27/Nov/2018Single Sky Committee
    Brussels
  • 28/Nov/2018SC FIN56
    Paris
  • 29/Nov/2018Provisional Council
    Brussels
  • 03/Dec/2018DFS Customer Operations Forum 2018
    Langen
  • 04/Dec/2018ECAC Forum
    Paris
  • 05/Dec/2018Network Management Board
    Brussels
  • 06/Dec/2018FABEC Council
    Paris
  • 06/Dec/2018ANSP Strategic Board
    Paris
  • 06/Dec/2018ANSCB
    Paris
  • 12/Dec/2018SC OPS/62
    Brussels
  • 13/Dec/2018NSA Committee
    Paris
  • 13/Dec/2018Performance Management Group
    Langen

Operations

FABEC Operations Plan

The optimization of safety, capacity and efficiency is at the core of all FABEC activities. This interactive map gives an overview of on-going or planned projects contributing to the FABEC performances targets. It lists local or multilateral projects of the FABEC partners deemed relevant to the FABEC achievement. It is based on the FABEC operations plan which is constantly evolving.

Open interactive map

Operations

Free Route

FABEC ANSPs agreed on one common concept of operations to ensure a harmonised process. First implementations took place in December 2017 in the Maastricht airspace and in March 2018 in the upper airspace controlled by DFS. To ensure smooth implementation airspace users, the Network Manager and dispatch providers are working closely together.

Here you can find more information on the implementation in Maastricht (read more) and in the German airspace (read more). The concept of Free Route Airspace has been illustrated in a brief video you can find here.