Transition to the new SES developments
The European Commission’s vision for a Single European Sky continues to evolve with the release in 2019 of several key documents that will shape the next phases of ATM regulatory developments. These documents included; The Airspace Architecture Study, Wise Persons Group Report, Airspace Architecture Study Transition Plan and ATM Master Plan Lv3.
The impact of these documents on FABs and indeed on future SES package of legislation (e.g. SES2+) are unclear for the moment. Nevertheless, and rather than wait until the impact does become clear, there is an opportunity for DANUBE FAB to take the initiative in anticipation of those next phases of ATM regulatory developments. In other words, DANUBE FAB could analyse the opportunity to become an early mover and undertake projects that might allow it to transition towards the Target Airspace Architecture even before that Architecture becomes clear. To do this will first require:
SAPSC to develop an Impact Study of the Future architecture of the European airspace (based on the operational and technical dimension set out in the AAS Transition Plan) and the anticipated direction of EU regulations, no later than the end of Q1 2020.
A reassessment of DANUBE FAB activities against the anticipated direction of travel for EU regulations (including which are applicable at DANUBE FAB level and which are only applicable at individual ANSP level).
Securing sufficient buy-in to progressing in the anticipated direction. Success will only be possible through collaboration and commitment from all ATM stakeholders including professional staff as well as Member States.
An update of the DANUBE FAB Strategic Program 2020-2024 and Annual Plan 2020 to reflect the new regulatory direction.