Hungarian air traffic controllers have received nearly 50 laser attacks so far this year on aircraft using the airport of Budapest. Shining a laser at an aircraft is serious incident, these devices can distract pilots from up to ten kilometers away. It threatens the physical integrity of the flight crew and rushes thousands of passengers into danger.
A declaration on the full implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) was signed in Brussels by Europe's leading aviation stakeholders. Signatories are calling for a unified air navigation network that fully meets traffic challenges through the use of new technologies, guarantees the highest possible level of safety, reduces its environmental impact caused by the flights, as well as cyber-security risks can be mitigated.
Until June of this year, one hundred aircraft at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport had to interrupt final approach on a request by air traffic controllers or pilot's decision. By the end of the year it is likely that the record of the so called go-around procedure will break. Aborted landing itself does not mean an emergency, but requires special attention from air traffic controllers of HungaroControl.
Gate One coordination platform - CEOs of thirteen ANSPs - agreed on common positions on the Airspace Architecture Study and the Report of Wise Persons Group. Both these documents will play a crucial role in shaping future Single European Sky legislation package, which is to be prepared by the European Commission. Gate One also agreed that they support high level structural changes in European ATM and consider it an opportunity to which they would like to contribute in a constructive manner. Gate One partners will continue to closely collaborate within CANSO Europe to its advocacy activity, as they constitute a substantial part of its membership.