One Sky for Europe

The Commission’s Single European Sky initiative provides for the unification of European airspace. Today, the sectorisation of airspace is still based on national borders, and the sky above Europe is fragmented.  SES is aimed at creating a common Europen airspace independent of national frontiers, organised exclusively in accordance with operational requirements and thus helping to make aviation safer, more efficient and with less emissions. Functional Airspace Blocks were established December 2012.

 

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Austro Control together with the Air Navigation Service Providers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia  and Bosnia-Herzegovina has successfully implemented the Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE). 

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The ANSPs of Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden joined forces in the partnership COOPANS (Cooperation between ANS Providers) expecting to develop and operate a common ATM System. The first COOPANS systems of this sort entered service in Ireland (Shannon and Dublin) in 2011. Sweden (Malmö) and Denmark (Copenhagen) were next, in 2012, and Vienna  asd well as Stockholm has followed suit 2013. Altogether, 70% of the world’s air traffic is now managed using TopSky solutions.
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SESAR is the “operational” part to the legislative packages of SES and is proposing a new approach to reform the ATM structure in Europe in regards to innovative technological solutions. 

 

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The A6 alliance was founded in 2011 by the six ANSP members of the SESAR JU – DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV (Italy), NATS (UK) and NORACON – a consortium including Austro Control (Austria), AVINOR (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland), IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark).

Seven of Europe’s nine Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) – the geographic pillar of SES – are now represented within the A6 Alliance and our members are responsible for the safe management of more than 80% of Europe’s air traffic, and more than 70% of the investment in the future European ATM infrastructure.

While the FABs are primarily focused on operational performance improvement, the A6 Alliance is focused on SESAR development and deployment, SESAR deployment execution (planning, governance, funding), and key strategic areas of A6 common interest related to transport and aviation legislation.

The A6 is an inclusive initiative for ANSP contribution to modernising the European ATM system and welcomes interest and input from non-A6 members.

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