Research workshop on Fragmentation in Air Traffic Management taking place on 14 – 15 May 2019 in Budapest at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The workshop aims to bring together academics and stakeholders from all sectors of the aviation industry. It also features contribution from the fields of aviation, economics, policy, law and management.
HungaroControl has landed at World ATM Congress 2019 to join industry dialogue and showcase solutions that tackle the big issues in air traffic management (ATM). At the world’s largest international ATM exhibition and conference, HungaroControl is bringing to the forefront its services and distinct capabilities that respond to the growing challenges and pace of change in the industry from innovation to digitalisation. Long-term traffic forecasts from EuroControl are projecting an annually compounded growth rate of 1.9% in flights in Europe out to 2040*. This surge in demand presents numerous challenges to service providers who manage the finite and ever diminishing airspace capacity. Coupled with increasing pressure from users to deliver greater efficiency, predictability and cost-effectiveness, service providers must now adopt new approaches to solving age-old problems. “Rapid growth in air traffic and an evolving operating landscape requires air navigation service providers to not only deliver services, but to also continuously innovate the way in which these services are delivered. HungaroControl is making strides in this through a research-driven approach that fuses forward-thinking and state-of-the-art technology to accelerate service improvements. The World ATM Congress gives HungaroControl, a Hungarian state-owned enterprise, the platform to highlight this to industry” said Kornél Szepessy, Chief Executive Officer of HungaroControl. At World ATM Congress 2019, HungaroControl has its solutions in the spotlight – from scalable air traffic management solutions like remote tower technology to advanced simulation and training services like SimulationHUB, Europe’s largest commercial radar simulator for validation activities. Research and development phase projects – like Gesture Control or Artificial Intelligence – and their implementation in air traffic management are also getting traction at the event. Further to its products and services, HungaroControl is also showcasing its successes to date and its innovation fuelled roadmap for future developments, including ongoing participation in the SESAR 2020 program. Enikő Győri – the Hungarian Ambassador to Spain – spoke at HungaroControl’s stand at this pre-eminent event “the key challenges facing the industry are widespread, and ultimately require a widespread response. HungaroControl is no stranger to these challenges, and it is positive to see the Company not only deliver improvements domestically, but to also bring its expertise across boundaries to collaboratively shape the future of air traffic management”. However, addressing the most pressing issues of the industry takes more than just technology and new operating concepts; first and foremost, success is underpinned by strong cross-industry collaboration. At the Congress, HungaroControl will be engaging with its international partners and suppliers to forge stronger collaborative and commercial relationships. *European Aviation in 2040 – Challenges of Growth Study – Flight Forecast, 2018
Budapest, March 7, 2019 – HungaroControl remains the only company in Europe that controls the airspace of a non-neighboring country. On behalf of NATO, Hungarian Air Navigation Service Provider controls the upper airspace over Kosovo from April to indefinitely, announced Andrea Bártfai-Mager, Minister Without Portfolio Responsible for the Management of National Assets, and Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl. HungaroControl has been providing service in Kosovo's upper airspace since 2014, 700 kilometers away from the state-of-the-art headquarter in Budapest. In recognition of the outstanding performance of the last five years, the North Atlantic Council has decided to amend the agreement for an indefinite period, so that HungaroControl can continue to provide this service in Kosovo. "This cooperation is a major success. There is no other country in Europe whose air navigation service provider is managing the airspace of a non-neighboring country," said Andrea Bártfai-Mager, Minister without portfolio. “For HungaroControl 2018 was an outstanding year in performance. More than one million aircraft transported safely with the help of Hungarian air traffic controllers contributing to the growth of the Hungarian economy,”she added. “Recently there has been a significant increase in Kosovo's upper airspace, the so-called KFOR sector. Almost 116,000 aircraft were controlled in 2018, which is the 30 percent of the total aircraft movement in the last 5 years. During the NATO mandate, in the upper airspace of Kosovo Hungarian air traffic controllers have been responsible for the safety of 394,000 aircraft so far”, emphasized Kornél Szepessy. In 2019 HungaroControl expects a massive increase in traffic. "The number of aircraft movements this January-February is already nearly 7% higher than in same period of 2018, and in the upper airspace above Kosovo we have experienced an average growth of 42.5% over the same period", the CEO said. According to estimates the reopening of Kosovo's upper airspace for civilian aircrafts’ overflight in 2014 could have reduced the average length of European air routes by 685,000 kilometers per year, which means lower fuel consumption by 24,000 tonnes per year, and 75,000 tons less pollutant emissions into the air. This contributes to one of HungaroControl's main objectives: to reduce the environmental burden of aviation.
Budapest, February 12, 2019 – Cooperation agreement was signed today by Tibor Benkő, Hungarian Defence Minister and Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services. From now on Hungarian civil and military air navigation is envisioning tighter cooperation in aeronautical information, aviation safety, airspace control, research and development and professional training. According to today’s agreement, infrastructure used by air traffic control of the two institutions will be also harmonized and where possible integrated, and the national interests are represented in a coordinated way on the international arena in the future. Parties are also commited to coordinate human resources plans to make noteworthy progress of air navigation. The partnership between Ministry of Defence and HungaroControl in the field of airspace control and air navigation services have a decade-long history. Tibor Benkő, Defence Minister said: “The Hungarian Defence Forces are focusing on the implementation of the so called Zrínyi 2026 Defence and Army Development Program. Today's agreement with HungaroControl greatly helps to enhance Hungarian defense capabilities ”. "With the strengthened partnership of the Defence Ministry and HungaroControl, the safety of all passengers in the Hungarian airspace can be guaranteed even better.", he added. “The success of the bilateral partnership so far can be proved by a number of facts. In the recent past, ATCO staff of the three Hungarian military airbases attended different training courses provided by HungaroControl: 34 military officers participated in 3D tower simulations, flight safety and flow management training in the last year, ”said Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl. "With this partnership agreement, we elaborate our common history, which has been defined as a close, professional, goal-oriented cooperation for more than 25 years," he added.
Last year, the number of drone sighting reports quadrupled in Hungarian airspace. In 2018, pilots reported disruption over a dozen times to HungaroControl - Hungarian Air Navigation Service Provider. The company took the necessary steps each time. The increasing number and frequent utilization of drones is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for business development in the upcoming years. It is important to know that inappropriate use of unmanned aerial vehicles has a serious safety risk. Recently, departures at Europe busiest airport Heathrow were temporarily stopped after a drone was reported to have been sighted. Earlier in the UK, Gatwick Airport’s runway was also closed for one and a half days due to extreme drone disruption. The number of incidents threatening aviation safety has also increased significantly in Hungary. In 2018, thirteen drone sighting reports were received from aircraft to HungaroControl. In 2017 there were a total of three such reports, in 2016 none. One of the most critical sightings was in November when a pilot of a departing flight reported to HungaroControl that a drone was just sixty meters (200 feet) below the aircraft. The company took the necessary steps with the involvement of the authorities in charge. HungaroControl has started the procurement of a system capable of detecting drones around the airport and displaying their data to air traffic controllers. Further information on the subject will be provided shortly.