Safety is key

The foremost strategic objective of all FABEC partners is to ensure that flying through our airspace is safe. This means that aircraft need to keep their distance from one another and from other vehicles and obstacles. As simple as that sounds, in FABEC airspace, one of the densest and most complex airspaces worldwide, it is an ongoing challenge. Our staff is trained to plan traffic flows, to recognise possible conflicts between aircraft in advance and to provide ad-hoc solutions to ensure a smooth flight for each passenger. Backed by modern technologies, air traffic controllers always have a comprehensive picture of the traffic they are in charge of. 
Safety is the result of more than just an allocation of skills, technologies and procedures. It requires a dedicated culture of respect and openness. This can be supported by reflecting on human behaviour and decisions taken by an air traffic controller as well as by analysing influencing factors such as the impact of technologies. In this sense, occurrences actually add value, as they are an important source for detecting issues and identifying solutions to improve safety in concrete terms. This is why, over the past decades, FABEC ANSPs have implemented dedicated means such as safety panels, audits, workshops, or safety bulletins to facilitate a continuous learning process. 

Civil air traffic control centers within FABEC (Status 31.12.2016)
Civil air traffic control centers within FABEC (Status 31.12.2016)