News

2015

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.
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.