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PJ.06-02: Is Free Route Airspace possible in the lower high complexity airspace?

BALTIC FAB partners Oro navigacija (Lithuania) and PANSA (Poland), both B4 Consortium members, are actively contributing to PJ.06-02 activities.

The first validation of cross-border free route airspace (FRA) with full integration of RPAS in Baltic FAB’s high complexity lower airspaces has successfully taken place on December 10-14, 2018 at the Eurocontrol Experimental Center (EEC).
The exercise scenario envisaged use of Baltic FAB lower airspace (FL095-FL310) and real traffic sample of the summer of 2017. To reach the high complexity target, the airspace was also affected by the activated TSAs (Temporarily segregated areas) and presence of RPAS (remote piloted air systems). All traffic flew direct routes rather than choosing existing route network – and air traffic flow changes and ATCO‘s workload was constantly monitored. After the completion of the exercise our air traffic controllers presented their feedback at the Open Day Event.
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In  2019, to perform comprehensive Solution validation, Pj.06-02  partners are introducing an extra factor to the exercise scenario – simulation of cyber attack to ATM system which would affect correctness and accuracy of data received by ATCOs.

In this regard, 2 more validation sessions were performed according to the Solution‘s Validation Plan:

•    In Poland‘s airspace (February 17-19, 2019, hosted by PANSA in Warsaw)
•    In Lithuania‘s airspace (on March 12-14, 2019, hosted by Oro navigacija in Vilnius).  

The scenarios envisaged testing in both (FRA and fixed route network) environments. The airspace structures used are those currently in operation in terms of sectors, terminal maneuvering area (TMAs), military areas.
Three sectors (Lower, East, Upper) were active first in Warsaw FIR (February)and then in Vilnius FIR (March). Although Solution 2 is focused on lower airspace (below FL310), as mentioned above, the upper airspace was also be simulated. Also, the military zones in the scenario create higher complexity therefore it was chosen to activate three temporary segregated areas as well as ensure presence of RPAS (remote piloted air systems). These zones remained activated the whole exercise.

Both excercises were performed by the teams of PANSA's and Oro navigacija’s ATCOs supported by Eurocontrol’s data collection and analysis experts and representatives of Indra, the Solution’s industry partner.
The validations were culminated by the Open Day events on February 19, 2019 in Warsaw and on March 13, 2019 in Vilnius when the Solution partners shareed their insights regarding the exercise run. The results will be later presented in the Solution’s Validation Report.