News

2015

Air Navigation Research and Development Platform Established in Hungary
On 8 May 2015, HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. Ltd. concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation with eleven higher education institutes and with the Institute for Transport Sciences (KTI) and the Institute of Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (SZTAKI) about the establishment of a Research and Development Platform. The purpose of the cooperation is to explore areas of research, development and innovation closely related to air navigation activities, to coordinate common projects, to support the research work of students and teachers, to support the development of international relations, and to use the benefits of possible EU funding.
Co-operation agreement between the Hungarian and the Icelandic air navigation service providers
A partnership agreement was signed by HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte Ltd. and Isavia, the Icelandic air navigation service provider on March 10, 2015 during the World ATM Congress 2015 exhibition in Madrid. The agreement will coordinate the future research and development (R&D) activities of the two organisations and the joint utilisation of their resources and expertise. This co-operation will provide an appropriate background, in accordance with the requirements of the Single European Sky (SES) programme, to their joint participation in the research and development programs of the EU.
HungaroControl to showcase its most recent research, development and innovation achievements in Madrid
The Hungarian ANSP is outlining its most successful projects and future air navigation procedures at the prestigious international exhibition. Digital messaging between pilots and air traffic controllers, remote tower control, smart glasses that track the ATCO’s eye and head movements, a simulation centre suitable for testing new technologies – future air navigation services will be characterised by such state-of-the-art technology. HungaroControl presented its latest developments and the services of its Centre of Research, Development and Simulation (CRDS) at the prestigious World ATM Congress 2015, held in Madrid from 10-12 March. 
Implementation of the Hungarian "virtual” tower has begun
HungaroControl has just launched its “virtual” tower implementation project (Remote Tower, rTWR), which will enable providing location independent aerodrome control service. According to the contract that was signed by the managements of the Hungarian air navigation service provider (ANSP) and INDRA Navia AS, a complete Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) will be set up by INDRA Navia AS until March 2016 to implement a remote tower at Budapest. The integrated radar and camera system will be provided by the Norwegian company and the Canadian SeaRidge Technologies as subcontractor as part of the 4.9 million dollars agreement.
HungaroControl has awarded its best partners in 2014
At the beginning of every year, HungaroControl traditionally announces its Best Customer, Best Business Partner and the HungaroControl Partner awards. These awards are given to key Hungarian and international partners who, through their activity and constructive collaboration, have contributed to the fulfilment of the company’s strategic objectives  during the year.
HungaroControl is first in Europe to introduce the most effective version of Free Route
Following 5 February 2015, HungaroControl will be first in Europe to abolish the entire fixed flight route network, thus enabling airplanes to use the airspace freely, without any restrictions. The significance of the new traffic management concept (Hungarian Free Route Airspace, HUFRA) is that airplanes can take the shortest possible flight path between the entry and exit points in Hungary’s airspace. According to experts, this solution suggests potential yearly savings of 1.5 million kilometres by aircraft flying over Hungary. As a result, airlines may save nearly million worth of fuel per year, which may also lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 16 million kilogrammes.

2014

Budapest 2.0: HungaroControl to Participate in an International Research & Development Programme
The results of the most recent technological developments are being tested in simulations and actual flights in the framework of the Budapest 2.0 project, organised by a large international collaboration. The programme, scheduled to last for two years, will demonstrate the arrival and departure procedures of the Budapest terminal approach airspace, the remote tower control solution and the extension of the solution that supports continuous descent approach in the Hungarian airspace. The project budget is nearly EUR 2.5 million, 50 percent of which is provided by the European Union’s Single European Sky (SES) programme through its SESAR Joint Undertaking tender.
CPDLC Introduction for Romania and Bulgaria Simulated at HungaroControl CRDS
In HungaroControl’s CRDS (Centre of Research, Development and Simulation), the various procedures of implementing the CPDLC technology in the Romanian and Bulgarian airspace were put to the test. In the course of the nearly two-week long series of simulations, the effect of the new data link system on air traffic controllers’ workload and on capacity in the Bulgarian and Romanian airspace was analysed. The findings of the real-time simulation prove that the CPDLC technology will reduce the frequency load used by ATCO’s.
Key Customers Meeting and Workshop
A professional forum was held in Budapest with the participation of pilots from four international airlines – Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Ryanair and WizzAir –, air navigation and technological experts, as well as flight safety and navigation specialists. Upon HungaroControl’s initiative, key stakeholders of the air transport sector met for the second time to jointly analyse issues related to increasing flight safety, the improvement of air navigation services, work processes, and aviation procedures. The findings of this year’s two-day forum facilitate both the intensification of communication between pilots and air traffic controllers, and efficient and cost-saving route design, and thus make aviation more economical and environmentally friendly in the airspace controlled by Hungarian air traffic controllers.
Second FAB CE Social Dialogue Forum for 2014 held in Budapest
Air navigation service providers of Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE) and representatives of trade unions from the FAB CE region held their meeting on November 27, 2014 in Budapest, at the headquarters of HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. The participants of the FAB CE Social Dialogue forum had a consultation about their views regarding SES II+, the common strategy of FAB CE, the tasks of the new FAB CE legal entity, the impact of the restriction in Ukrainian airspace, the opportunities to further improve the cooperation between European FABs as well as HR&TRN activities. The conference was co-chaired by Kornél Szepessy, current Chairman of FAB CE CEO Committee and CEO of HungaroControl, and by Alexander Rovina, air traffic controller of Austro Control representing the FAB CE Union Alliance.