• 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 six million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic.

Expert workshop

Expert Workshop: Vertical Flight Efficiency (VFE)
7 December 2021

Join us online from skeyes (onsite only for speakers and organizing committee)
You are invited to participate in next FABEC Expert workshop that will focus on environmental and operational topics in relation to Vertical Flight Efficiency (VFE). The objective of this meeting is to exchange views on how to improve VFE in the FABEC area and to discuss together with airlines and flight plan service providers what could be envisaged in the future.
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Latest News

  • 22 Oct 2021FABEC OPS Theatre hosts senior industry speakers at World ATM Congress 2021
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  • 27 Sep 2021Climate change and the role of air traffic control – turning new scientific evidence into policies, rules and operations
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  • 08 Sep 2021FABEC traffic sees recovery accompanied by uncertainty and volatility
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  • 02 Sep 2021FABEC States welcome stakeholders for consultation on Performance Plan for RP3
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  • 31 Aug 2021FABEC ANSPs recruiting over 300 air traffic control trainees to cope with the traffic recovery
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  • 14 Jul 2021Pandemic impact reviewed in FABEC 2020 performance report
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World ATM Congress

Call for Papers

For the 4th consecutive year World ATM Congress has partnered with FABEC to host the FABEC OPS Theatre in Madrid in October. Once again, it will provide a platform to debate operational topics and tackle the issues that drive business on a day-to-day basis. Participants are now invited to submit proposals for this year's agenda - with an abstract of no more than 500 words, detailing presentation title and content outline.

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FABEC Operations Plan

This interactive map gives an overview of ongoing 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.

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Research Workshop

Single European Sky and Resilience in ATM
15-16 September 2022 in Sofia/Bulgaria

DANUBE FAB and FABEC are pleased to invite you to a research workshop entitled "Single European Sky and Resilience in ATM" which will be hosted in Sofia/Bulgaria. The conference is organised in partnership with the German Aviation Research Society (G.A.R.S.). Until 11 March 2022 you are invited to submit an abstract containing research question, data gathering and analysis methodology.

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Video: Two different single skies?


Research Workshop

Climate Change and the Role of Air Traffic Control
22-23 September 2021 in Vilnius/Lithuania

Baltic FAB and FABEC organised a research workshop "Climate change and the role of air traffic control" taking place on 22-23 September 2021 in Vilnius. The conference was held in partnership with the German Aviation Research Society (G.A.R.S.) and the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

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  • 20 Sep 2021FABEC Bulletin #42 (September 2021)
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  • 15 Apr 2021FABEC Bulletin #41 (April 2021)
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  • 08 Mar 20212nd InterFAB ExpertTalk | "Economic surplus"
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  • 15 Feb 2021Invitation: InterFAB ExpertTalks | ATM performance data – can we do better?
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Expert TALKS

Upcoming Events

  • 08 Dec 2021SC OPS/74
  • 09 Dec 2021PMG 91
  • 09 Dec 2021PMT FRA 52
  • 17 Feb 2022AIM SG #50
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Performance Report 2020

A FABEC Briefing Paper from FABEC States

The achievements of FABEC and its importance to Europe's aviation recovery - and beyond

The value and importance of FABs are often not properly understood. FAB agreements provide a unique template for a single binding legal, technical, institutional and operational basis for neighbouring States to undertake cross-border operations.

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» Download Media Release
» Download Brochure

Online Conference

Recruiting in a changing environment
17 November 2020

This one-day forum will explore ways of encouraging a new generation to follow a career in air traffic control and will share expert opinion from across the industry. You are invited to attend the InterFAB online conference on recruitment of air traffic controllers and engineering professionals hosted by FABEC.

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AIM Workshop

Digitalisation - challenging and enabling future AIM
2/3 November 2020

You are invited to attend the InterFAB workshop addressing harmonisation of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) data. Attendees will learn about opportunities for AIM arising from emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) markets and examine potential new interfaces between AIM and Unmanned Air Traffic Management (UTM).

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Online Research Workshop

Online Research Workshop: Interdependencies within ATM Performance in the context of a dynamic environment, 21, 22 and 23 October

BLUE MED FAB and FABEC initiated this research workshop which brought together industry representatives, researchers and operational delegates. It was organised in partnership with the German Aviation Research Society (G.A.R.S.) and the University of Bologna.

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FABCE - FABEC Air Navigation Service Provider Joint Declaration signing ceremony
Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 1400-1500 hrs (web-based)

» Watch the signing ceremony here


FABEC_ACCs@LinkedIn: Approaching the New Normal

We were always there for you.
FABEC Air Traffic Controllers ensured that vital cargo, repatriation and rescue flights operated safely and efficiently even at the height of the Covid pandemic.
And now, as we take our first steps back to normality, FABEC Controllers are making sure that European aviation can once again play its role for the benefit of people and business.

Listen in to the stories told by our ATCOs!

FABEC Expert Workshop

4th FABEC Expert Workshop: Implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA)
12 February 2020, IBIS Paris CDG Airport

On 12 February 2020, FABEC organises the 4th Expert Workshop which will focus mainly on the operational topics relating to the implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) within FABEC.
The aim of the workshop is to present the upcoming huge change within the European airspace (deletion of the route network above FL195, impact on most flightplans in Europe, complete review of the RAD,...) and to discuss the solutions we can put in place together with NM, CFSPs and airlines.


FABEC Training Seminar

On 29-30 October 2019, FAB Europe Central organised the fourth FABEC Training Seminar at the DFS Academy in Langen, Germany. The agenda focused on ATM Training for the digital generation and covered the recruitment of digital generation trainees, the introduction of and experience with e-learning practices by trainees and instructors.
All the presentations held at the seminar may be downloaded here:

Research Workshop

Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance

On 14-15 May 2019, FAB Central Europe and FAB Europe Central organised a research workshop on Fragmentation in Air Traffic Management taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The conference was held in partnership with the FSR Florence School of Regulation and the German Aviation Research Society (GARS).

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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.

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