- Definition and context
A Functional Airspace Block (FAB) is as an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of State boundaries. The FAB concept was developed in the first legislative package of the Single European Sky (SES I) as one of the main means for reducing airspace fragmentation.
The 2nd legislative package (SES II) addressed the creation of FABs in terms of service provision, in addition to the airspace organisation aspects.
Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland together form a single FAB known as the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC). The FABEC airspace is one of the most complex and highly used airspace in the world so enhanced cooperation and improved use of it is essential to the SES initiative.
The objective of the LARA FASO platform is to identify how LARA V3.0 could support airspace management in FABEC and comply with the operational requirements. The aim is to provide a complete up-to-date airspace reservation picture to all FABEC Member States in an automated manner in order to be able to perform all their ASM tasks according to their priorities.
The proposed solution will aim at reflecting Airspace reservations from each local OPS clusters into a single “LARA virtual FABEC cluster”, containing all FABEC data through which coordination could be enhanced for optimization purpose.