FullDescription:Airspace Organization and Management

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Air Traffic Control Unit Airspace

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ATC Unit Airspace

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AUA

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Airspace under provision of air traffic control service.

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EUROCONTROL (2005), EUROCONTROL Glossary for Flight Statistics & Forecasts, v.1.0 [1]

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Airside Capacity Enhancement

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ACE

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project part of the EUROCONTROL Airport Operations Programme, the main aim of which "is to support airports to release latent airside capacity by implementing guidelines for runway, taxiway and apron operations."

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EUROCONTROL, public website, web page on ACE [2]

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Airspace Use Plan

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Airspace Use Plan message

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airspace management (ASM)

Notice to airmen (NOTAM)

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AUP

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"an ASM message of NOTAM status notifying the daily decision of an Airspace Management Cell on the temporary allocation of the airspace within its jurisdiction for a specific time period, by means of a standard message format."

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EUROCONTROL (2010) EUROCONTROL Guidelines, The ASM Handbook, Airspace Management Handbook for Application of the Concept of the Flexible Use of Airspace, Edition 3.0, 15/06/2010, Reference nr: EUROCONTROL-GUID-140

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EUROCONTROL, NM Glossary (2014)

Airspace block

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Functional Airspace Block

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an airspace of defined dimensions, in space and time, within which air navigation services are provided.

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Regulation (EC) No 549/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 laying down the framework for the creation of the single European sky (the framework Regulation)

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Airspace capacity

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The number of aircraft that can be fitted into ATC sectors, keeping in mind aircraft separation and safety standards, area navigation direct routings and other factors.

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EUROCONTROL (2004) EATM glossary of terms, reference: (EATCHIP, 1996)

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Airspace structure

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"A specific volume of airspace designed to ensure the safe and optimal operation of aircraft."

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EUROPEAN UNION (2005) Commission Regulation (EC) No 2150/2005 of 23 December 2005 laying down common rules for the flexible use of airspace

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Airspace structure data

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airspace structure

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"Set of data defining the airspace structure on which the functions comprising an automated ATS system are based."

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EUROCONTROL (2004) EATM glossary

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Buffer area

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holding area

holding pattern

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"the area extending 9.3 km (5.0 NM) beyond the boundary of the holding area within which the height and nature of obstacles shall be taken into consideration when determining the minimum holding level usable in the holding pattern associated with the holding area."

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ICAO, Official definition, PANS-OPS/II, 1993, Amdt 7, p. 4-6

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Centralised Airspace Data Function

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Airspace Management Cell (AMC)

Conditional Route (CDR)

Airspace Use Plan (AUP)

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CADF

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A function that has been established within the Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC) to collect Airspace Use Plan (AUP) information from the Airspace Management Cells (AMC).

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EUROCONTROL, NM Glossary (2014)

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The abbreviation ARCID is used within EUROCONTROL/Network Manager Directorate.

Conditional Route

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Conditional Route Availability Message (CRAM)

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CDR

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an ATS route that is only available for flight planning and use under specified conditions.

A Conditional Route may have more than one category, and those categories may change at specified times:

a) Category One - Permanently Plannable CDR:

CDR1 routes are available for flight planning during times published in the relevant national Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).

b) Category Two - Non-Permanently Plannable CDR:

CDR2 routes may be available for flight planning. Flights may only be planned on a CDR2 in accordance with conditions published daily in the CRAM, and

c) Category Three - Not Plannable CDR:

CDR3 routes are not available for flight planning; however, ATC Units may issue tactical clearances on such route segments.

Definition Source

EUROCONTROL (2010) Guidelines: The ASM Handbook, Airspace Management Handbook for Application of the Concept of the Flexible Use of Airspace, Ed. 3.0, Reference nr: EUROCONTROL-GUID-140

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Conditional Route Availability Message

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airspace management (ASM)

Centralised Airspace Data Function (CADF)

Airspace Management Cell (AMC)

Airspace Use Plan (AUP)

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CRAM

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a special consolidated ASM message issued daily by the CADF to promulgate in one message, on behalf of ECAC States, the AMC decisions on Conditional Routes availability notified by the AUPs for all the ECAC area. The CRAM is used by Aircraft Operators for flight planning purposes.

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EUROCONTROL (2010) Guidelines: The ASM Handbook, Airspace Management Handbook for Application of the Concept of the Flexible Use of Airspace, Ed. 3.0, Reference nr: EUROCONTROL-GUID-140

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Predecessor of European AUP/UUP.

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EUROCONTROL, NM Glossary (2014)

Danger area

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prohibited area

restricted area

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airspace restriction

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An airspace of defined dimensions within which activities dangerous to the flight of aircraft may exist at specified times.

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ICAO, Official definition,

ANNEX 2 Rules of the Air 2005

ANNEX 4 Aeronautical Charts 2001, 10th ed. (Amdt 53, 12/07/2004)

ANNEX 15 Aeronautical Information Services 2010

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Functional Airspace Block

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functional block of airspace

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airspace block

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FAB

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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 optimised with a view to introducing, in each functional airspace block,enhanced cooperation among air navigation service providers or, where appropriate, an integrated provider

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REGULATION (EC) No 1070/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 October 2009 amending Regulations (EC) No 549/2004, (EC) No 550/2004, (EC) No 551/2004 and (EC) No 552/2004 in order to improve the performance and sustainability of the European aviation system

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Holding area

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buffer area

holding pattern

holding stack

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The airspace to be protected for holding aircraft in accordance with ATC holding criteria.

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Transport Canada (2010) Glossary for Pilots and Air Traffic Services Personnel (TP 11958E) [3]

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Holding fix

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holding area

holding stack

Holding Procedure

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A geographical location that serves as a reference for a holding procedure.

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ICAO, Official term and definition added to PANS-ATM by Amdt 4 (24/11/2005) and to PANS-OPS (Doc 8168, Volume I) by Amdt 3 (Interim Edition 2008).

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This term supersedes the formerly used term holding point.

Holding pattern

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holding area

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1. A predetermined racetrack pattern flown as part of a holding procedure.

2. U.S.: Expression for: Holding Procedure

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Transport Canada (2010), Glossary for Pilots and Air Traffic Services Personnel (TP 11958E) [4]

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Holding point

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holding area

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A specified location, identified by visual or other means, in the vicinity of which the position of an aircraft in flight is maintained in accordance with air traffic control clearances.

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ICAO, FORMERLY Official definition, Official term and definition deleted from PANS-ATM by Amdt 4 (24/11/2005).

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Holding stack

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holding area

holding point

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A number of aircraft holding at a common fix with vertical separation.

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Transport Canada (2010) Glossary for Pilots and Air Traffic Services Personnel (TP 11958E)[5]

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also called: stack

North European Functional Airspace Block

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NEFAB

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a planned expansion of the Swedish/Danish airspace block DK/ SE FAB. NEFAB encompasses the countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia and Latvia.

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LFV - Air Navigation Services of Sweden, website on Collaborative Projects [6]

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Prohibited area

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danger area

restricted area

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airspace restriction

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An airspace of defined dimensions, above the land areas or territorial waters of a State, within which the flight of aircraft is prohibited.

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ICAO, Official definition,

ANNEX 2 Rules of the Air 2005

ANNEX 4 Aeronautical Charts 2001

ANNEX 15 Aeronautical Information Services 2010

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Restricted area

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danger area

prohibited area

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airspace restriction

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An airspace of defined dimensions, above the land areas or territorial waters of a State, within which the flight of aircraft is restricted in accordance with certain specified conditions.

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ICAO, Official definition,

ANNEX 2 Rules of the Air 2005

ANNEX 4 Aeronautical Charts 2001

ANNEX 15 Aeronautical Information Services 2010

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Updated Airspace Use Plan

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airspace management (ASM)

Notice to airmen (NOTAM)

Airspace Management Cell (AMC)

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Airspace Use Plan (AUP)

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UUP

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"an ASM message of NOTAM status issued by an AMC to update and supersede AUP/previous UUP information."

Definition Source

EUROCONTROL (2010) EUROCONTROL Guidelines, The ASM Handbook, Airspace Management Handbook for Application of the Concept of the Flexible Use of Airspace, Edition 3.0, 15/06/2010, Reference nr: EUROCONTROL-GUID-140

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