HungaroControl plots hi-tech future

Hungarian ANSP HungaroControl has started building a new 10,000 sq m ATC centre in Budapest.
The total value of the investment exceeds 40 million Euros which the European Union contributes to with nearly 6 million Euros in the framework of Trans-European Transport Network.
The foundation stone of the investment increasing the competitiveness of air navigation in the Central-European region was laid on 28 March in Budapest.
“The objectives of the Single European Sky directive can only be achieved by making a better use of capacity, increasing efficiency and continuous development. The investment project of HungaroControl is exemplary because, besides getting prepared to fulfil increasing demands at the highest possible level, enhances the performance of air traffic control in Central-Europe” says Dr Pál Völner, under-secretary in charge for infrastructure of the Hungarian Government
“Its professional knowledge, outstanding technological background and active strategy make HungaroControl capable of being recorded among the best air navigation services in our region” added Mr. Zoltán Schváb, deputy under-secretary in charge for transport, at the ceremony.
“HungaroControl now complies with the major performance objectives specified for 2014. The Hungarian Air Navigation Services virtually cause zero second delay, and its unit rates are more than 30% lower than the European average. Serving the airlines’ and passengers’ demands at the highest level is the most important task for us, that is the reason why we decided to upgrade the technological background indispensable for maintaining our performance and developing our services” says Kornél Szepessy, chairman and CEO of the Hungarian Air navigation Services.
“Beside all these, HungaroControl is firmly resolved to actively contribute to the renewal of European air transport. This investment promotes the development of the whole region, and takes us nearer to the creation of FAB CE cooperation at the highest technical-technological level.”
As the first step of the complex service developing programme, HungaroControl will construct a new air traffic control centre of nearly 10,000 sq m area, which will be equipped with up-to-date communication systems.
In the second phase the customised, presently world standard MATIAS Hungarian Air Traffic Management system will be upgraded by Thales.
The work in the new air traffic control system is expected to be started in September 2012.
In the existing air traffic control centre, HungaroControl will establish a unique air navigation knowledge centre, a single centre in Central Europe where any airspace event can be modelled by being based on real data in an identical technological environment with the operational room. The 3-dimension tower simulator of HungaroControl presenting 360-degree cyclorama will be accommodated here, too.