On 16-17 November 2012 another Baltic Functional Airspace Block project meeting of VĮ "Oro navigacija"’s and PANSA’s experts will be held in Vilnius.
The signing of the “Cooperation Agreement of the Baltic FAB Air Navigation Service Providers” is planned on 19 November 2012.
The program of the Baltic Functional Airspace Block (FAB Baltic) establishment is an obligation imposed on the Member States, by the European Union legislation relating to the creation of the Single European Sky .
According to the new SES II legislative package Functional airspace block (FAB) is defined as follows: "A FAB means an airspace block based on operational requirements and established regardless of State boundaries, where the provision of air navigation services and related functions are performance-driven and optimized with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block, enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider. "
The Polish-Lithuanian Baltic FAB initiative is based on the many years of close cooperation between the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) of Poland and Lithuania and the Baltic ANS Commission activities set up under the Memorandum of Co-operation by the Civil Aviation Authorities.
Baltic FAB project is conducted in cooperation with the Polish and Lithuanian Ministries of Transport, the respective Civil Aviation Authorities as well as the Military Authorities of both countries.
The cost-benefit analysis of the opportunities and Baltic FAB as a whole shows a positive Net Present Value (NPV). The benefits are largely cost savings to the ANSPs, through efficiencies from working together which can be passed through as unit rate reductions. There are also benefits from fuel savings and delay reduction, which accrue directly to airspace users.
The Baltic FAB organisational structure was the subject to approval by the presidents of both ANSPs and performs all tasks in accordance with the schedule approved by the Polish - Lithuanian Strategic Committee.
European Union Member States are obliged to create FABs by 4 December 2012.