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).   

One project recommended for funding is an extension to the FRA (Free Route Airspace) feasibility study, co-financed in 2015. This will enable MATIAS (HungaroControl’s air traffic management system) to handle cross-border Free Route Airspace and thus to support the introduction of extended cross-border Free Route Airspace in selected FAB CE (Functional Airspace Block Central Europe) countries. The project also aims to upgrade MATIAS’ FDP (Flight Data Processing) functionality to make the system capable of supporting flexible airspace planning and use – as this is a pre-requisite to introducing cross-border Free Route Airspace.

The other project recommended for funding by the European Commission aims to upgrade MATIAS by adding new functionality to support the safe and efficient flow of aircraft arriving at Vienna airport in the Hungarian airspace. The objective of the project is to support the AMAN (Arrival Management) system serving Vienna airport by adding AMAN and E-AMAN (Extended AMAN) functionality to the MATIAS system. This project will be accomplished by a consortium led by the Austrian air navigation service provider (ANSP), with HungaroControl and the Czech and Slovak ANSPs as further participants.