Improving airspace design and network – FABEC CWEST

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FABEC CWEST approached us for assistance in validating improvements to their airspace design network in a very dense and complex core area.

Careful planning and preparation

Together, we needed to determine whether the FABEC CBAL/CW STEP 2 solution was workable for civil ATCOs and military fighter controllers. To prepare the ground, we carried out two prototype sessions in December 2013.

Multi-actor contributions for large-scale simulations

By March 2014, we were ready to complete 2 large-scale RT stimulations over a 2-week period with the help of 40 ATCOs from 6 civil ACC and military controllers from RNLAF and GAF. To cover a wide range of essential traffic situations, we simulated 7 organisations over 21 simulations.

Comprehensive feedback for a powerful validation case

To ensure comprehensive feedback, we also completed questionnaires and debriefings focusing on subjective controller performance (workload and situation awareness) and operational issues relating to the robustness of the proposed airspace design. Nearly all elements of the airspace design, sector layout and procedures proved successful.

At a glance

ACC (6 civil + 2 military)


Simulations (2 prototyping + 2 real-time)

Simulation exercises

For a copy of the final report, please contact us.

Dinand Abels

Dinand Abels

RTS project manager, FABEC Cross Border Area / Central West airspace

“The ESCAPE platform gives the opportunity to execute large scale simulations, not possible anywhere else, but even more important is the flexibility”

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