The European Commission has launched a formal consultation on the Europe-wide targets under the performance scheme for air navigation services in the second reference period for the years 2015-2019. For this purpose, document "Union Wide Targets for the 2nd Reference Period of the Single European Sky Performance Scheme" has been released by the Performance Review Body (PRB).
Consultations are conducted in the period from May 17 to July 3, 2013, the notes and comments should be submitted via an electronic form on-line (form available in the attached link).
The present document describes the principles and proposals of indicators and targets for the second period of reference performance system for the years 2015-2019.
The second reference period will be developed on the basis of a new Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 390/2013 of 3 May 2013 laying down a performance scheme for air navigation services and network functions in conjunction with the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 391/2013 of 3 May 2013 laying down a common charging system for the use of air navigation services.
In accordance with the basic premise of Regulation 390/2013, performance plans for the second reference period will be developed at the level of functional airspace blocks (Functional Airspace Blocks - FAB).
Indicators and performance objectives for the second reference period have been developed in four areas: safety, capacity, environmental protection and cost effectiveness. After the first targets are set for the area of security, therefore, that the safety is considered as the overriding element. These objectives are to apply safety management efficiency ratio and application of Risk Analysis Tool (these goals are to be at the level of the EU and the FAB. Moreover, at the FAB level a target for so-called “Just Culture” is expected.
For the area of capacity targets are expected for delays en-route ATFM (Air Traffic Flow Management) - at EU level and at the level of FAB, also the national target of ATFM delays generated by airport air navigation services. PRB emphasizes in its paper that there has been significant progress so far in delays en route, but also points out that it does so in view of declining air traffic in Europe.
However, the area will be subject to environmental targets for pointer horizontal flight efficiency. There will be determined two-fold purposes - a target for flight efficiency, measured as the difference between the route resulting from the last completed flight plan and geodesic lines and the target based on the difference between the actual trajectory and the geodesic lines.
The area of cost-effectiveness is to be the subject of most attention in the second reference period. It is expected to set objectives on en-route costs (in the first period of the fixed rate unit) for en route services - at the EU level and in the en-route charging zone and the targets at EU level and zone terminal charges for terminal services (airport).
It is worth noting that in the run-up to the second reference in this document there has been used the Total Economic Cost approach, which consists in the fact that it takes into account not only the direct costs borne by airspace users (air navigation charges) as well as the costs generated by the service Air navigation for ATFM delays and inefficient routings.