Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) were established to optimise capacity and efficiency in European airspace and facilitate cooperation. Created irrespective of national borders, these blocks involve numerous players, HMIs, flight plans and aircraft for both military and civil purposes. Validating changes to networks and ATM concepts within any FAB therefore requires a powerful platform capable of realistically simulating complex scenarios on a large scale, such as ESCAPE.
FABEC: modifying a complex airspace design network
Over a 5-year period, we worked closely with MUAC, LVNL, DFS Bremen, DFS Langen, DFS Maastricht, DFS Karlsruhe, NATS and military controllers from RNLAF and GAF to improve the airspace design network in a dense, complex core area.
FAB DANUBE: guaranteeing safety and performance
With 22 ROMATSA and 14 BULATSA controllers and 5 ROUAF and 2 BUAF military controllers, we conducted customised RTS to analyse the impact on safety and performance of extending Free Routes from nighttime to 24-hour implementation.
“At the beginning it seemed almost an impossible challenge, but the EUROCONTROL team managed to successfully simulate a very large part of the FABEC airspace with 6 civil and 2 military human machine interfaces and delivered an excellent validation report.”
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