adjacent air navigation service providers to those in a FAB
relevant airspace users or user groups
staff representative bodies,
as well as the procedures for the provision of the information to and of the observations from the above parties.
The Regulation (popular as “FAB implementing rule”) applies to the Member States having mutually agreed to establish a FAB under Regulation (EC) No 550/2004.
States shall provide the FAB-related information specified in the annex of the Regulation:
before ‘formal’ notification of the FAB to the Commission, but not later than 24 June 2012;
at least six months before a modification of a FAB is implemented (A FAB is considered as modified in case of changes to its defined dimensions.)
The information to be provided shall include:
dimensions of the functional airspace block and point of contact;
designated air traffic (and meteorological) service providers and their respective areas of responsibility;
information on the arrangements concluded regarding the establishment or modification of the FAB;
information, including supporting documentation, pertaining to:
FAB safety case;
optimum use of airspace, taking into account air traffic flows;
consistency with the European route network;
overall added value based on cost-benefit analyses;
assurance for smooth and flexible transfer of responsibility for air traffic control between air traffic service units;
assurance of compatibility between the different airspace configurations, including optimisation of current flight information regions;
regional agreements concluded within the ICAO;
other regional agreements in existence;
consistency with European Union-wide performance targets.
Within one week of the information provision the Commission shall make it available for observations to EASA, other Member States and interested parties. The observations shall be submitted within two months of the receipt of the information.
The Member States concerned shall duly consider the observations received before establishing or modifying their functional airspace block.