The SESAR deployment project 2015_217_AF4 was successfully completed by BULATSA. The initiative implemented a traffic complexity management system in Sofia ACC, fully satisfying the requirements of PCP – Sub-AF 4.2, related to the implementation of automated support for traffic complexity assessment. The project was funded by CEF and coordinated by SESAR Deployment Manager. The new system provides FMP managers and ACC Supervisors with tools for detailed workload assessment, sector configuration optimization and local STAM evaluation. In the following years, BULATSA plans further expansion of the system in order to strengthen the integration with other internal systems and take advantage of the full palette of NM B2B services.
Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA) notifies aircraft operators and users of the Bulgarian airspace regarding the publication of Aeronautical chart 1:500 000, edition 8.0.
The chart is available free of charge only in electronic form on the corporate website of BULATSA HERE.
BULATSA received a jubilee decoration from the Federation of Science and Technical Unions in Bulgaria (FSTUB) for active, creative and union activity and the 50-th anniversary of the enterprise. The Director General Georgi Peev was awarded with the “Golden Decoration of FSTUB” for personal contribution and merit in the Federation’s activities, at an official meeting of the aviation community dedicated to the 74-th anniversary of Bulgarian aviation.
The passenger air transport in Bulgaria was launched on June 29 at Vrazhdebna Airport with the opening of the first line Sofia-Plovdiv-Burgas. The event was organized by the Union of Veterans of Bulgarian Civil Aviation, the Bulgarian Airlines Association, FSTUB, the Science and Technical Unions on Transport at the Air Transport Institute and with the support of BULATSA, Sofia Airport SPJSC and DG CAA.
PMI (Project Management Institute) Bulgaria presented its first yearly awards, recognizing outstanding project management achievements by nominating individuals, projects and organisations that have shined with exemplary results in project management during the last year.
BULATSA was awarded first place in the public sector category with the project for the implementation of a traffic complexity management system (tCAT project). The project also received recognition in the EU-funded category.
The tCAT system integrates information from a variety of sources to build a forecast assessment of traffic complexity in a tactical time horizon. It enables optimized management of airspace and available resources.
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The EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, held in Luxembourg, adopted a common position on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the reform of the Single European Sky.
The representatives of the Member States agreed on the position “general approach” regarding the reform, which aims to optimize European airspace management and the air navigation service system by increasing capacity, improving cost-efficiency and boosing the system’s ability to adapt to changes in traffic. The changes are also expected to reduce aviation CO2 footprint.
BULATSA was actively involved in drafting the position of the Republic of Bulgaria, with concrete proposals on the texts in the adopted documents. The opinions presented are the basis for the Council’s balanced approach in achieving set objectives and forming effective solutions.
Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Christina Velinova expressed Bulgaria’s support for the main goals of the Single European Sky. According to her, the compromise texts proposed by the Portuguese Presidency are a major step in the right direction.
The agreement on the Council’s “general approach” gives a green light to the EU Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the final version of the text. At the end of June 2021, the legislative proposal will be adopted in the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), which will kick off an inter-institutional trialogue between the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament.
In order to increase the mutual understanding between the DANUBE FAB Social Partners and their respective national member organisations, the members of the SCF convened online for their 16th meeting on 19th May 2021. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and give opinions on the current strategic actions taken by DANUBE FAB, as well as the technical and regulatory changes that have occurred at a European level since the last meeting.
The staff representatives were informed of the outcomes of the Strategic Programme, Annual Plan and Annual Report documents which were adopted by the Governing Council at its last meeting. Following this, BULATSA and ROMATSA representatives focused on other ongoing initiatives, in particular, those which will have significant positive impacts long into the future, such as the Strategic Impact Study.
Regarding specific progress made by DANUBE FAB, attendees were informed of the status of procurements and the progress made on the FAB’s High Priority Projects. A number of successes were highlighted in relation to these projects, despite the challenging landscape, with attendees informed that on 27th January 2021, Slovakia joined SEE FRA and talks were already ongoing for the further extension of SEE FRA to other neighbouring countries. In addition, attendees were informed of the completion of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Data Link Services (DLS) above FL285 projects.
Finally, InterFAB coordination was discussed. Whilst several meetings and workshops have occurred since SCF/15 a future InterFAB Research Workshop is expected to be hosted by DANUBE FAB in late 2022 in Sofia.
The next DANUBE FAB social consultation will be organized in Autumn 2021.
The DANUBE FAB Governing Council members held their sixteenth meeting online on 28th April. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Adrian FOGHIS, Secretary of State, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania and Mr. Hristo SHTERIONOV, Director General CAA Bulgaria, and attended by representatives of the Ministries of Transport, Civil and Military Aviation Authorities, National Supervisory Authorities and ANSPs from both countries. Delegates were also welcomed from the European Commission and the Republic of North Macedonia.
The Council was briefed on the progress of the latest round of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements, the NSA Board Activity Report and the progress made on the FAB’s High Priority projects.
Participants adopted the Strategic Programme 2021 – 2025, Annual Plan 2021 and Annual Report 2020, which had been updated based on interviews with DANUBE FAB experts and project managers. These documents identified areas for developments within the FAB to enable a quick and efficient recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and to ensure the High Priority projects are significantly progressed in 2021.
Members discussed the main ongoing regulatory initiatives taking place at European level and their potential impact on the FAB. The SES 2+ proposals and the Airspace Architecture Study Transition Plan, with a particular focus on ATM Data Services, were explored in detail. The members of the Council also recognised the impacts of COVID-19 on the FAB, for example the updates to the Performance and Charging Scheme Regulation currently being discussed to allow for revised targets to be submitted by States. Attendees expressed their gratitude to the European Commission for participating to the meeting as an Observer and hearing first-hand the challenges faced and solutions implemented by DANUBE FAB to mitigate the impact of the current crisis.
A great emphasis was also given to enlarging DANUBE FAB. The Council was pleased to hear of the intentions expressed by the representatives of the Republic of North Macedonia that by the end of 2021 a decision on the way forward will be presented to the DANUBE FAB partners.
The next round of DANUBE FAB Governing Bodies meetings are planned for late 2021.
On 27th April the management of BULATSA and ROMATSA met online for the sixteenth meeting of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General BULATSA, and Mr Adrian COJOC, Director General ROMATSA.
The meeting had a busy agenda, ranging from technical matters to more high-level political aspects. ANSP Board members were briefed on the progress of the latest round of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements and the progress made on the FAB’s five High Priority projects.
During this meeting, attendees were updated on projects which have recently been completed within the FAB, most notably the inclusion of Slovakian airspace in SEE FRA (South-East Free Route Airspace) as of January 2021. DANUBE FAB also completed the deployment of Voice Over Internet Protocol and Datalink Services above FL285. The ANSP Board agreed to investigate options for expanding FRA further, and identify technical infrastructure projects that could be completed cooperatively between BULATSA and ROMATSA.
Participants were briefed on the potential impact on the FAB of the recently released Deloitte Report on the Future of EUROCONTROL. InterFAB events attended and planned were also discussed, notхing that DANUBE FAB expects to host a research workshop in Sofia in late 2022.
Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA) notifies aircraft operators and other users of the Bulgarian airspace that the distribution of aeronautical chart 1:500 000 on paper is suspended. The chart will be provided free of charge only in electronic form on the corporate website of BULATSA on the following address:
We would like to express our congratulations on this date to all professionals or just fans of aviation and cosmonautics! BULATSA employees made their card with messages about aviation.