HARMONISATION OF THE APPLICATION OF ICAO AIRSPACE CLASSIFICATIONS

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					     AUTORITATEA AERONAUTICA                                                        ROMANIAN CIVIL
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                       Air Navigation & Aeronautical Information Services Department
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      HARMONISATION OF THE APPLICATION OF ICAO AIRSPACE CLASSIFICATIONS
        THROUGHOUT ECAC AIRSPACE AT AND BELOW FL 195 ACCORDING TO
                         EUROCONTROL ACTION OI-2A


1.      PURPOSE

        The purpose of this Aeronautical Information Circular is to present information in respect of the
        plan to harmonise the application of ICAO Airspace Classifications at and below FL 195
        throughout ECAC airspace. It is intended to implement this change to Romanian airspace on 13
        April 2006.


2.      BACKGROUND

2.1     The increase in demand for the use of airspace by all airspace user groups is expected to
        continue. Current forecasts show an increase of 50% in commercial transport flights throughout
        Europe by 2012 based on 2000 traffic levels. It has been recognised that airspace capacity
        within Europe must be increased in order to satisfy this demand. One of the main areas for
        change highlighted in the ATM 2000+ Strategy concerns the organisation of European airspace.
        A major obstacle to producing more capacity is that the present European airspace structures
        are complex and disparate.

2.2     The EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy for the ECAC States addresses this complexity by
        establishing a set of strategic objectives and actions necessary to provide a simplified and
        harmonised airspace structure throughout ECAC airspace up to 2015 and beyond. Such
        simplification and harmonisation will facilitate capacity enhancing measures whilst maintaining
        or improving levels of safety.

2.3     The EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy for the ECAC States identifies, in particular, the need
        for a simplified airspace organisation and seeks first to establish a harmonised ICAO Airspace
        Classification above a common agreed level throughout ECAC airspace; this has been achieved
        during the period since 27 November 2003 by the application of Class C Airspace above FL
        195. This change was promulgated in AIC A09 dated 20 October 2003.

2.4     Following the application of Class C Airspace above FL 195, the process of the simplification
        and harmonisation of airspace classification is now extended to the airspace at FL 195, and
        below, to the surface. This Aeronautical Information Circular describes these changes.




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3.       DESCRIPTION OF THE ICAO AIRSPACE CLASSIFICATIONS TO BE APPLIED

         In accordance with the EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy for the ECAC States, the ICAO
         Airspace Classifications to be applied at and below FL 195, to the surface, will be selected from
         Class C, Class D, Class E and Class G Airspace Classifications.                  These Airspace
         Classifications are defined at ICAO Annex 11, Chapter 2.6.

         At and below FL 195, where a State has opted to apply only Controlled Airspace above a lower
         Flight Level, then Class C Airspace and/or Class D Airspace are to applied above that Flight
         Level. Where a State has opted to apply Airspace Classes C, D, E and G from FL 195 to the
         surface then a general description of the distribution of the Airspace Classifications C, D, E and
         G follows. Accordingly, in FIR Bucuresti, with effect from 13 April 2006:

3.1 Class C Airspace will be applied at and below FL 195 to the currently published minimum flight
levels.

3.2 Airspace Classes C and G will be applied below the currently published minimum flight levels to the
surface.

Note: TMA Bucuresti is to remain, until further notice, Class A Airspace.

 Following date 13 April 2006, the civil and military authorities, in close coordination with the ANSPs,
shall endeavour to harmonise the lowest level of controlled airspace within CTA Bucharest so as to
impose minimum constrains to VFR flights operating below controlled airspace while maintaining or, if
possible, improving the current levels of flight safety.


4.       VFR FLIGHTS

         According to EUROCONTROL action OI-2A, within the Class C and/or Class D Airspace at and
         below FL 195 to the surface, General Air Traffic VFR flights will be accommodated in:

            In Reserved Airspace (Temporary Segregated Airspace or its equivalent) or

            In accordance with an ATC Clearance or

            In accordance with a specific arrangement that may be required by the appropriate ATS
            authority or

            In a corridor of airspace established, either permanently or temporarily, for the use of aircraft
            flying under VFR.


5.       ACTIVATION OF TEMPORARY SEGREGATED AIRSPACE

5.1      Guidance concerning the activation and de-activation of Temporary Reserved Airspace is
         available in Chapter 2 of the EUROCONTROL Handbook for Airspace Management – Edition 2,
         that describes the application of the Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) concept which has been in
         place in the ECAC area since March 1996.

5.2      Procedures to establish and use any of the options for access by General Air Traffic VFR flights
         to Class C and Class D Airspace, which are described at Paragraph 4, and that are not already
         listed in the AIP will be described in a subsequent AIC.




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6.       DESCRIPTION OF AIRSPACE CHANGES

         • The minimum flight levels in CTA Bucharest are to remain as currently published, until further
           notice.

         • The changes regard only the classification of current Class A and Class G airspaces into
           Class C Airspace at and below FL 195 to the currently published minimum flight levels of
           controlled airspace.


7.       IMPLEMENTATION TIMESCALES

         According to EUROCONTROL, depending upon the current airspace structures in States, each
         State will have to make different changes in order to establish this harmonised and simplified
         airspace arrangement. The agreed implementation date for the majority of ECAC States is 13
         April 2006, but, due to the extent of the changes required, some ECAC States will implement
         these changes on a later date.


8.       REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

         • ICAO Annex 2 - Rules of the Air

         • ICAO Annex 11 - Air Traffic Services

         • EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy for the ECAC States

         • Transition Plan for the Implementation of the EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy for the
           ECAC States - Vols 1 & 2

         • The EUROCONTROL Handbook for Airspace Management – Edition 2, Chapter 2.



9.       ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

         Further information on policy, planning and implementation issues for the application of a
         harmonised and simplified application of ICAO Airspace Classifications below FL 195 to the
         surface can be obtained from:

         Contact Person for Romania:

         Mr. Liviu BUNESCU, aeronautical inspector in the Romanian CAA, Directorate for Supervision
         of ANS, who is also the acting secretary of the FUA strategic civil-military high level body
         (CMSA – Consiliul pentru Managementul Spaţiului Aerian) în România.

         Romanian CAA (Autoritatea Aeronautică Civilă Română)
         Sos. Bucureşti-Ploieşti 38-40
         RO-013695 Bucharest
         Romania
         Telephone: +40 21 208 1515
         Fax:       +40 21 208 1565
         e-mail:    liviu.bunescu@caa.ro

         or from:




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         Secretary to the EUROCONTROL Airspace Strategy Task Force A:

         EUROCONTROL HQ,
         Rue de la Fusée 96
         B-1130 Brussels
         Belgium

         Telephone: +32 2 729 3954
         Fax:       +32 2 729 9003
         e-mail:    philip.atlay@eurocontrol.int

         or at

         http://www.eurocontrol.int




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