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Stakeholders consulted at annual Air Navigation Services Consultative Board meeting

The 3rd Air Navigation Services Consultative Board (ANSCB) meeting took place in Helsinki on October 12, 2015. The purpose of the ANSCB is to ensure the consultation of air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airspace users and staff associations on matters relating to the provision of services within NEFAB.

Mr. Anders Sætre from the NEFAB Programme Office briefed stakeholders about the coming major changes in airspace structure and airspace management in North European functional airspace block, NEFAB. On November 12, NEFAB states will implement Free Route Airspace (FRA) which initially will consist of two volumes - Finland, Estonia and Latvia above FL95 as one - and Norway above FL135 as another.  These two volumes will connect above FL285 with the already existing FRA in the Danish-Swedish functional airspace block using harmonized flight planning rules. This will be the first incremental step towards one FRA volume across two functional airspace blocks, to be connected seamlessly in summer 2016 so that from the airspace users’ point of view it will appear as one free route airspace volume. In practical terms this means that airspace users will be able to plan their flights using own preferred trajectories, without having to cross over fixed predefined points between the FRA volumes or six state borders.

Mr. Jakub Kepa, Civil ANSPs Liaison Officer within the SESAR Deployment Manager, informed the participants on SESAR Deployment Manager and the Deployment Programme.  He encouraged the stakeholders to submit projects for the modernization of the air traffic management system eligible for EU funding in the framework of the CEF Calls. Mr. Kepa advised the stakeholders to analyse the gaps left by the current projects and planning.

The airlines and labour unions presented their point of views to NEFAB and the upcoming free route airspace.  Presentations about the ANSP Business Plan for 2016-2020, state of play of the Northern Europe Aviation Meteorology Consortium (NAMCon) and the current issues under discussion in the NEBAF Council and Committees were also heard. 

Presentations from the meeting are available here: