The BLUE MED Functional Airspace Block was established with the signing of the State Level Agreement in Cyprus on 12 October 2012. Following this milestone the FAB entered into the Implementation Phase. Apart from the establishment of a new institutional set up, one other major undertaking was the drawing up of an FAB Implementation Programme document. This document contains a number of major operational and technical projects which BLUE MED States have to implement by 2014 and beyond, as well as a number of other activities having the scope of improving the capacity, efficiency, safety and harmonisation on an FAB-wide basis and the reduction of environmental impact.
The major projects include the Route Network Catalogue, Free Route Operations, ATFCM optimisation, Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) , Air Ground Data Links, Ground/Ground IP Network implementation, and Complementary OLDI Messages implementation.
Other activities some of which have to be implemented to meet SES requirements include Aeronautical Data Quality, FAB-wide Radar Maintenance Plan, ATM System upgrade, and...
The objectives of BLUE MED FAB are not limited to the full implementation of the Single European Sky in the territory of the Member States but also include the full or partial integration of neighbouring non- EU States’ Flight Information Regions with the FAB. This can be achieved when these States adopt parts or all of the European Aviation Acquis that will allow them to take an active role within the FAB. There are advantages to both the non-EU States as well as to the BLUE MED States and the European Union because firstly the former will be able to raise their ATM standards, opt for the deployment of SESAR in their territory (and possibly become integrated in route charges collection systems), secondly the applicability of the SES legislation will extend beyond the EU borders, and finally lead to a safer and more harmonized cross border situation at the boundaries of the Flight Information Regions of all States concerned.