News

2015

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.
Homebriefing: safer flights for general aviation
HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Service’s new, free-of-charge, web-based service offers general aviation pilots faster and simpler preparation for safe flights. The Homebriefing system helps pilots submit flight plans from wherever they may be for flights in the airspace below 2900 metres (9500 feet) to HungaroControl’s Flight Information Centre. The website collects the most important, regularly updated air navigation and meteorological information. Through the use of this system, flight safety and traffic flow control in the uncontrolled airspace can be improved, airspace infringements can be avoided and in the event of an accident the work of search and rescue services will become easier.
HungaroControl has contributed to the concept of Dubai contingency remote tower
An international team lead by Independent Business Group including experts from HungaroControl has been working on a concept of operations (CONOPS), operational requirements and business case for the use of remote tower technology in order to provide a sustainable and safe contingency solution for the Air Traffic Control tower operation in Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. The project also covers an additional feasibility study to assess if remote tower technologies can be used in Dubai in order to ensure contingency sufficient enough to maintain 100 per cent of the actual traffic at these airports.
HungaroControl: Air Traffic Hits Record High
In 2014 HungaroControl’s air traffic controllers navigated a record high number - nearly 750,000 - of aircraft. The primary reasons behind the outstanding traffic data include the events in Ukraine, and the re-opening of the upper airspace over Kosovo. The Company’s 2014 revenue was HUF 32.11 billion and this figure is expected to exceed HUF 34 billion in 2015.