Successful first SESAR 2020 Multiple Remote Tower validation for three airports
“Single” remote tower settings have already been deployed in former projects; however, most significant impacts in cost-effectiveness are to be expected with multiple and/or centre settings. The SESAR 2020 project PJ05 aims to bring the concept of remotely controlling multiple airports to the next maturity level. In November 2017, Frequentis AG, HungaroControl, DLR, and Selex ES GmbH (Leonardo LTP) conducted a first successful validation campaign on “Remote Tower for Multiple airports” in Braunschweig.


Air Traffic Controllers to remotely navigate Budapest Airport’s traffic
As a result of HungaroControl’s latest innovation, the so called Remote Tower system, Budapest Airport (BUD) will be the first among the world’s medium-capacity airports, where the arrival and departure air traffic control can be independent from airport environment.
Satellite navigation at 7 civil and 3 military airports
With 85% funding intensity and as an individual applicant, HungaroControl has been able to secure nearly 700 thousand euros in form of an INEA (Innovations and Networks Executive Agency) grant to carry out its project ‘Implementation of PBN procedures in Hungary (PBN4HU)’. Within the framework of this project performance based navigation (PBN) procedures will be designed for 7 civil and 3 military airports in Hungary. These procedures will enable airspace users to carry out satellite based navigation at those aerodromes. As an additional part of the project, a national GNSS- (GPS, Galileo and GLONASS) signal monitoring network is to be installed as well.
Hungarian-Romanian-Bulgarian Free Route: further decrease in the emission of airplanes
HungaroControl Zrt. and ROMATSA, the Romanian air navigation service provider helped to establish the free route concept in Bulgaria, which allows the free use of Bulgarian airspace from 30th March. Airplanes may freely use the airspace between the defined entry points and exit points without restrictions, even following the shortest route possible. Based on the experience, this results in a decrease of fuel consumption and emissions of airplanes.


Key Customers Meeting and Workshop: industry consultation for safer and more efficient flights in the Hungarian airspace
A professional forum was held in Budapest with the participation of pilots, navigation and ATC experts from five international airlines – Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Etihad, Ryanair and Wizz Air –, the representatives of Budapest Airport and HungaroControl’s air traffic controllers, flight safety and ATM system design specialists. Upon HungaroControl’s initiative, key aviation stakeholders met for the third time to jointly discuss and analyse issues related to increasing flight safety and improving air navigation services, work processes and procedures. The findings of this year’s two-day forum facilitate both the intensification of communication between pilots and air traffic controllers and efficient route and procedure design, and thus make aviation more economical and environmentally friendly in the airspace controlled by Hungarian air traffic controllers.
Budapest 2.0: The international collaboration demonstrating ATM developments with live traffic has been completed
Budapest 2.0, a project with international collaboration has demonstrated the benefits of three technological innovations co-financed by SESAR, the organisation setting the directions for the development of air traffic management in Europe, through real flights. The program has demonstrated the capabilities of solutions supporting continuous descent, the benefits of satellite-based arrival procedures, and the applicability of remote tower control in the vicinity of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. These demonstrations were evaluated during a professional workshop held in the middle of November at HungaroControl's headquarters. The total budget of the project is nearly EUR 2.5 million, 50 percent of which has been funded by SESAR Joint Undertaking.
CANSO Global ATM Safety conference in Budapest a great success
CANSO's (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) global air traffic management safety conference was held on 6-11 November in Budapest, with HungaroControl hosting the event. 
Summer Season Ends in October for HungaroControl
Air traffic in the Hungarian airspace grew by 2 to 3% monthly in the peak summer months. This increase is significant considering that the drastic, 20% traffic increase in the past two years has by now become integrated into the traffic handled by HungaroControl. Hungarian air traffic controllers handle this unique situation without any significant delays. In air traffic control, summer season ends at the end of October and the size of traffic is close to double the traffic in the winter season. 
First EGNOS-based Approaches Implemented in Hungary
The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) announces that on 15th September, the first EGNOS-based approaches implemented in Hungarian territory became effective at Budapest Airport. The publication of these procedures has been possible thanks to the work performed in the framework of Budapest 2.0 project, funded by  SESAR Joint Undertaking .
The European Commission recommends Hungarian ATM development projects for funding
The European Commission recommends two Air Traffic Management (ATM) development projects – elaborated by HungaroControl’s experts – for funding.  One project aims to extend Free Route Airspace (FRA) across European borders, the other aims to support the safe and efficient flow of aircraft arriving at Vienna airport while in the Hungarian airspace.  HungaroControl submitted its proposals with the professional support of the Ministry of National Development. The total budget for the two projects amounts to EUR 3.1 million, 85% of which (more than EUR 2.6 million) is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).