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).

To implement the idea of free routing, it's indispensable to understand the operational concept, from necessary surveillance and navigation equipment, through validation to full operations. During their visit at CRDS in October, two ENRI specialists - Mr Kota Kageyama and Mr Yoichi Nakamura - became acquainted with various validation projects beside the Hungarian Free Route concept already in operation. After the successful day they are considering further business and cooperation opportunities.

From 5 February 2015 HungaroControl abolished 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.