New Plannable DCT Routes across Several FABs
47 new plannable direct routes (DCT) came into operation in continental Europe, covering the northwest-southeast axis between the United Kingdom and Hungary. In February 2016, more DCTs will be added that stretch through the UK to the Eastern borders of Ireland.
GATE One Agreed to Play an Active Role for Future Inter-FAB Cooperation
The members of the GATE One (GO) initiative, which is one of the largest regional ANSP platforms in Europe, agreed to play a more active role to explore potential for future inter-FAB cooperation.
HungaroControl Introduces CPDLC
A new communication channel, CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communication) ensures a digital connection between air traffic controllers and pilots in the Hungarian airspace.   As one of its major technology development projects, HungaroControl upgraded MATIAS (Magyar Automated and Integrated Air Traffic Control System), its state-of-the-art air navigation system. As part of this upgrade, the CPDLC feature went live at the end of November 2015, following nearly six months of testing, approximately three years ahead of the deadline set by the European Union. 
HungaroControl Showcased Its Innovative Technologies in Dubai
HungaroControl’s participation at the ATC Global held in Dubai was a definite success. Its simulation centre suitable for the validation of new technologies (CRDS) , its remote tower technology (rTWR), and the digital messaging solution between pilots and controllers (CPDLC) met with considerable interest from the professional audience from Dubai, the Middle and the Far East after a similar reception in Madrid in March.
Researchers from ENRI study Free Route Airspace operations at CRDS
The Japanese  Electronic Navigation Research Institue (ENRI)  has begun a new airspace sectorisation project to introduce Free Route Airspace (FRA) in Japan. The institute's two researchers studied the necessary processes for the implementation - through the already operating traffic organisation concept in the Hungarian airspace - in HungaroControl’s own research-development and simulation centre ( Centre of Research, Development and Simulation, CRDS ).
ICAO Air Traffic Management Group East (ATMGE) Conference and ATM 2020 Symposium
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) held its scheduled meeting known as the Air Traffic Management Group East (ATMGE) conference, followed by the ATM 2020 symposium, dedicated to the future of air traffic control, in Budapest on 14-18 September 2015. Representatives of twenty-three countries and six international organisations visited the Hungarian capital city to discuss the current aviation issues, visit the Hungarian air navigation service provider and CRDS, the Centre of Research, Development and Simulation of HungaroControl. The conference was hosted by ICAO, the Hungarian Aviation Authority and HungaroControl.
N-FRAB: common airspace above Hungary and Romania
For the first time in Central Europe aircraft can now plan their flying routes freely even across the borders of the two countries. Since 20 August 2015 HungaroControl, the Hungarian and ROMATSA, the Romanian air navigation service providers have been jointly operating the airspace of the two countries based on the new cross-border concept of free use of airspace (Night Free Route Airspace Budapest/ Bucharest - N-FRAB). Thus aircraft can fly on the shortest possible trajectory between the entry and exit points of the airspace of the two countries, without any unnecessary navigation points. 
HungaroControl: Record Traffic in the Air
In July 2015 the air traffic controllers of HungaroControl handled 100,856 aircraft, beating all previously measured records. New traffic records emerged in transit traffic, while the number of flights arriving and departing from Budapest also reached the highest figures since November 2011. On 26 July 2015 the air traffic controllers of the Hungarian control centre handled a record number of 3,644 flights in one day.
The European Commission recommends Hungarian ATM development projects for funding
The European Commission approved a total of 276 (including two Hungarian ATM-related) projects following the first calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility, published in 2014. The proposals were submitted with the approval of the Ministry for National Development and with the support of HungaroControl’s strategic partner, Tenderauditor Kft. The total budget of the two projects amounts to EUR 3.2 million, 50% of which is co-financed by the European Union through CEF Transport.
FAB CE: Important Results
During the Hungarian chairmanship of the FAB CE CEO Committee (CEOC) between June 2014 and June 2015 the members of FAB CE established an international company to support the implementation of the functional airspace block programme, and further enhanced InterFAB cooperation. The long-planned reform of the FAB CE programme was launched; and the new Program Manager for the FAB CE Programme was appointed, who also attends to the duties of the joint company’s director. Moreover, the RP 2 performance plan for the 2015-2019 period, a key factor in the FAB CE operation, was successfully finalised.