HungaroControl pins technology aspirations on €20m investment

HungaroControl is implementing new technology development to the tune of €20 million, the most significant investment in its history.

Four of the Hungarian air navigation service provider’s projects are co-funded by the European Union, the most significant of which is the mir TWR (Modular Integrated Remote Tower) programme which will develop a suite of advanced tools. This will allow HungaroControl remote tower solution to be tested in a single simulation environment.

The development has also raised international attention: Changi Airport in Singapore tests the prototype of a remote tower control center similar to Budapest, and HungaroControl is participating in the project.

The software development of the MATIAS control system, developed by Thales and HungaroControl’s experts, has also received funding. As the member of an international consortium HungaroControl is also engaged in two other projects.

In 2018 HungaroControl reports that it provided secure air traffic for more than one million aircraft – the first time since the company’s establishment. Air traffic in Hungarian airspace has grown almost tenfold in recent decades, in line with global trends, breaking ecords in almost every month last year.

HungaroControl said it kept safety indicators at an excellent level even with this increasing air traffic while thanks to HUFRA (Hungarian Free Route), aircraft can transit Hungarian airspace as quickly as possible, thus reducing fuel consumption, and saving the environment.

One of HungaroControl’s goals is to become an outstanding player industry of unmanned aerial vehicles. For that very reason, in 2018, with the involvement of Hungarian stakeholders, the provider presented the first version of the UTM portal for recording drone flights, and the MyDroneSpace smart phone application.