Denmark puts COOPANS through early paces

Danish air navigation service provider Naviair has implemented a comprehensive upgrade of the computer system which operates the air traffic in Danish airspace as well as departure and approach to and from the airports in Copenhagen, Roskilde and Billund.
Naviair said the upgrade was implemented at the beginning of April and that the system has operated without causing airlines and passengers any inconveniences or delays.
The system called COOPANS Build 1 was launched in 2006 involving around 150 Naviair employees and at a price of approximately $51.3m. Development of Build 1 was established in cooperation with Irish IAA, Swedish LFV and Thales and was implemented on time and within the fixed budget..
In 2006, the partners established the COOPANS-alliance, which frames an intensive cooperation of harmonisation, development, installation and maintenance of air traffic management systems in Ireland, Sweden and Denmark. Since then, Austro Control from Austria and Croatia Control from Croatia have joined the alliance.
Naviair said the cooperation offers huge economic advantages as well as ensures that the partners are at the fore in terms of meeting the EU’s ambitions of a harmonisation of European air traffic management.
The cooperation also means air traffic in the joint Danish-Swedish airspace (DK-SE FAB) is managed by the same system, generating an average cost saving of approximately 30 per cent.
“We have a well-prepared, thorough and good project, which Naviair can be proud of. Above all because the system was efficient from the start. However, also because the upgrade proves our strategy of developing Naviair through international cooperation and alliances to be the way forward. The effect of the COOPANS-alliance consolidates the best possible air traffic management. And we are part of harmonising air traffic control in Europe in line with the objective in EU’s Single European Sky programme,” said Morten Dambæk, CEO Naviair.
The COOPANS partners are already developing the next system upgrade Build 2, which is being deployed in the five Danish, Swedish and Irish control centres as well as in the control centres in Austria and Croatia. In this way, seven control centres and five countries will be using the COOPANS-system by 2015.
From January 2013, Naviair, IAA and LFV will have upgraded all five control centres with Build 2. Basically, this means that the control centre systems are identical.