BULATSA reports a 51.19% increase in the number of serviced flights in September this year compared to September 2020, as their total number last month was 61,573. An increase of over 54 percent was reported in the number of serviced international flights – departures and arrivals. In September this year, the Bulgarian air traffic controllers serviced a total of 6,920 international flights, whereas for comparison their number for the same period last year was 4,482.
There is also an increase in the number of serviced transit aircraft, which in September this year was 53,237, and in September 2020 – 34,657, which is an increase of 53.6 percent.
A decrease – by 10.72%, was reported only for the serviced domestic flights (departures and arrivals) for September 2021, or 1416 compared to 1586 for the same period in 2020.
On the 6th November the management of BULATSA and ROMATSA met in Sofia for the fourteenth meeting of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Georgi Peev, Director General BULATSA, and Mr Bogdan Costaș, Director General ROMATSA.
With a very dense agenda, ranging from technical matters to more high-level political aspects the ANSP Board members were briefed on of the progress of the latest round of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements, Inter-FAB coordination activities and the progress of the FAB High Priority projects. On this occasion, the members of the Board were informed on the immediate and timely implementation of another landmark of SEE FRA (South-East Free Route Airspace) project which will become operational 7th November 2019. Following this implementation, the Aircraft Operators will be able to plan their flights freely across the airspace of Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania 24/7 without the limitations of the geographical boundaries. This is the completion of the SEE FRA project (South East Europe Free Route Airspace) for implementing 24/7 cross border free route operations across the airspace of the three states.
Participants were further informed on preparations for the 2020 World ATM Congress, the outcomes of the InterFAB events attended by DANUBE FAB including the: Fragmentation workshop, 5th InterFAB communications workshop, 6th InterFAB Point of Contact Meeting and the 4th InterFAB performance workshop.
The DANUBE FAB Governing Council members held their fourteenth meeting in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria on the 7th November. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Armand Petrescu , Director General of the Romanian NSA and Mr. Georgi Peev, Director General BULATSA, 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 Republic of North Macedonia and from the Republic of Moldova.
The members of the Governing Council were briefed on of the progress of the latest round of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements, Inter-FAB coordination activities and the progress of the FAB High Priority projects.
Believing in the need for discussions about the future of the Single European Sky, the members of the Council discussed on the proposed Study regarding the evolution of the European airspace architecture as well on the recommendations of the Wise Persons Group in their “Report on the Future of the Single European Sky’. As a result, the DANUBE FAB members decided to issue a position paper on the Wise Persons Group Report recommendations and to propose that FABs can effectively contribute to the application of a total system approach to European aviation, supported by well-defined objectives, realistic expectations and pragmatic timelines ensuring commitment and involvement of all players.
Thirteenth Meeting of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board
The management of BULATSA and ROMATSA met in Bucharest on the 27th May for the thirteenth meeting of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General BULATSA, and Mr. Mircea Bostina, Director General ROMATSA.
The ANSP Board members were informed of the progress of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements, Inter-FAB coordination activities and the progress of the FAB High Priority projects, focusing on the immediate actions to be taken in order to ensure that DANUBE FAB can effectively deliver safe daily operations, improve capacity and contribute to the overall performance of the Network. The participants were further briefed on the DANUBE FAB coordination meeting with the European Commission, the DANUBE FAB participation at the World ATM Congress 2019 and the progress made by the Common Training Board.
The ANSP Board members were also briefed on the development of the Common Training Academy concept. The ANSP Board members were informed of the decision made by the DANUBE FAB Training Board to run a pilot-project, initially focussing on ATSEP training.
The ANSP Board Members discussed the necessary proceedings to maintain the operation of the two cross-border sectors, implemented in 2014, through the third reference period.
Thirteenth Meeting of the DANUBE FAB Governing Council
The DANUBE FAB Governing Council members held their thirteenth meeting on 28th May in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting was co-chaired Mr. Sorin-Aurel ENCUTESCU, Deputy Director General Romanian NSA and Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General BULATSA, and attended by representatives of the Ministries of Transport, Civil and Military Aviation Authorities, National Supervisory Authorities and ANSPs from both countries. Delegates were welcomed from the Republic of North Macedonia, who have held observer status since October 2015.
One of the highest-priority projects for DANUBE FAB is the FAB enlargement and as such, the first decision of the session was to formally approve the Republic of Moldova as Observer to DANUBE FAB.
The members of the Governing Council took note of the progress of DANUBE FAB strategic planning and reporting, status of the FAB procurements, Inter-FAB coordination activities and the progress of the FAB High Priority projects. The members of the Council discussed and took note of recommendations made in the DANUBE FAB Annual Report 2018, principally that DANUBE FAB Strategic Programme should be subject to a comprehensive review, taking into account the latest EU level developments, namely ‘A proposal for the future architecture of the European Airspace’ and the ‘Report of the Wise Persons Group on the future of the single European Sky’.
The DANUBE FAB Governing Council members were further briefed on the DANUBE FAB coordination meeting with the European Commission, the DANUBE FAB participation at the World ATM Congress 2019, the progress made by the Common Training Board and the reports of the ANSP Board and NSA Board.
The next round of DANUBE FAB Governing Bodies meetings are planned for Autumn 2019 in Bulgaria.
SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) and SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) organized a congress walking tour at the World ATM Congress in Madrid. It gave visitors an opportunity to meet with experts from the SESAR community and to get acquainted with the activities that are being prepared and deployed in whole Europe.
The walking tours took place within the context of a sequence of activities, organized by European aviation partners on the theme “Europe for Aviation”. DANUBE FAB for a second consecutive year presented many of its key projects contributing to the transformation of Air Traffic Management (ATM).
BULATSA and ROMATSA experts showcased SESAR related projects, representing technological solutions in various areas of ATM deployment, such as optimizing the performance of air traffic System-Wide Information Management and Security.
The DANUBE FAB sequence of presentations in the SESAR Walking Tours started with an overview on the latest solutions related to the implementation of the Traffic Complexity Assessment Tool (tCAT) project in Sofia ACC. It was presented by Ivan Hassamski, who also informed about a tCAT Visitors’ Day planned to take place on 26 March 2019 at BULATSA premises in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The DANUBE FAB stand hosted three SESAR Walking Tours on the topics of System-Wide Information Management and Security.
Mihai Spiridonescu (ROMATSA) made a presentation focused on the stakeholder’s contribution to the procurement and deployment of NewPENS.
Florin Stoian (ROMATSA), supported by Patrick Mana (EUROCONTROL), showcased SWIM Common PKI and the policies and procedures for establishing a secure framework, which allows ANSPs, airspace users, military, airports, etc., to identify themselves and encrypt/decrypt information via digital certificates.
Daniela Vasileva (BULATSA) presented the successful implementation of a local Security Operation Center (SOC) at BULATSA within the framework of SESAR. The local SOC in BULATSA provides a platform for monitoring, analysis and control of system logs, network traffic, system files and management of incidents related to information security. The platform is a comprehensive solution providing reliable protection of BULATSA’s IT infrastructure against conventional and unconventional cyber-threats.
A discussion hosted by FABEC on airspace capacity in Europe was held yesterday at the World Air Traffic Management Congress in Madrid. Representatives of functional airspace blocks in Europe (DANUBE FAB, BALTIC FAB, BLUE MED FAB, FABCE, FABEC) and the Network Manager discussed the views and experiences of passengers. The aim is to share the practices of the difficulties in servicing the increasing traffic and delays.
BULATSA’s position was presented by the Director of European Programmes, Projects and Strategies in BULATSA Mr. Veselin Stoyanov. Participants paid attention to factors, other than the provision of ANS, that have significant impact on airspace capacity. Analyzed was also the need to improve the environmental performance indicator, not only in the deviation from the shortest route, but also the possibility of using airspace and the preferences of airlines, for example an indicator that takes into account the free route compared to the other flight planning possibilities.
Earlier at the Congress was also held a debate on the participation of functional airspace blocks in SESAR solutions, hosted by DANUBE FAB and moderated by James Hanson, Helios. In the discussion took part Mr. Nikolas Warinsko (SDM), Mr. Filip Cornelis (DG MOVE), Mr. Jakob Kepa (SDM) and representatives of DANUBE FAB, BALTIC FAB, BLUE MED FAB, FAB Europe Central and FAB Central Europe.
A main focus was placed on the challenges and opportunities for developing the role of FABs. FAB representatives united in their desire to further develop the FAB concept and to ensure participation in the preparation of the future European airspace architecture. They expressed firm support for the development of the functional airspace blocks in the context of SESAR. According to Mr Nikolas Warinsko, SDM is ready to continue its work on FABs involvement as key factors in SESAR’s technological progress.
The members of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board met on the 23rd October 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria for the twelfth time since the establishment of the FAB in 2012. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General of BULATSA and Mr. CARNU Fanica, Deputy Director General of ROMATSA.
The participants were informed and exchanged views on the progress of the DANUBE FAB high priority projects in the operational domain like SEE FRA and seasonal FRA implementation, the status of DANUBE FAB procurements, FAB enlargement etc.
They also discussed a number of topics of common interest on which the FAB partners found a baseline for closer cooperation. These areas were identified within a Workshop organised by BULATSA in October 2018 with regard to the Synchronized Implementation of Regulation (EU) 2017/373, as well within a series of workshops held the umbrella of the Inter-FAB Cooperation Platform.
The members of the ANSP Board approved the necessary actions for the DANUBE FAB participation at the next World ATM Congress in Madrid 2019.
12th Governing Council meeting – 24th October 2018
On the 24th October, the DANUBE FAB Governing Council held its twelfth meeting in Belchin, Bulgaria.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Transport, Civil and Military Aviation Authorities, National Supervisory Authorities and ANSPs from both countries. Delegates from the Republic of Macedonia attended the meeting as Observers, reaffirming their interest to participate in the work of DANUBE FAB on topics of mutual interest.
The members of the Council took note of the current DANUBE FAB developments in the high priority projects regarding the technical and operational domains and were presented with the regular ANSP Board and NSA Board reports.
They also focused on the possible extension of the DANUBE FAB with neighbouring countries which has been an overarching goal since the establishment of the FAB between Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria. A formal process has been initiated to invite neighbouring countries to apply for Observer status in DANUBE FAB, following the defined application process as foreseen by the DANUBE FAB Observers Policy.
The members of the Council reiterated their commitment to an open dialogue with the European Commission on FAB matters especially in the light of the evolving regulatory SES framework.
The next round of DANUBE FAB Governing Bodies meetings is planned for spring 2019 in Romania.
DANUBE FAB partners organized a workshop on the synchronized implementation of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 of 1 March 2017 laying down common requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions and their oversight, repealing Regulation (EC) No 482/2008, Implementing Regulations (EU) No 1034/2011, (EU) No 1035/2011 and (EU) 2016/1377 and amending Regulation (EU) No 677/2011. The workshop was hosted by BULATSA on 1-3 October 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Representatives of the Romanian and Bulgarian NSAs together with operational, technical, safety, quality, training, CNS, MET, AIS and strategy and planning managers from ROMATSA and BULATSA participated at the event.
DANUBE FAB partners discussed topics such as compliance management, description of Functional Systems, Development of Formal interfaces, Change management, ATSEP Training and competence, Certification and transition process, EASA Rulemaking activities and other relevant subjects.
The workshop provided a framework for exchange of views and sharing of best practices between Romania and Bulgaria to reach an aligned approach towards compliance with Regulation EU 2017/ 373.
BULATSA participated in the 5th InterFAB Coordination Meeting together with representatives from Ministries of Transport, National Supervisory Agencies and Air Navigation Service Providers representing BALTIC FAB, BLUE MED FAB, DANUBE FAB, FAB CE, FABEC and South-West FAB met in Sibenik, Croatia, on September 21, to discuss current and upcoming challenges of European aviation.
A diverse range of topics at stake like the airspace architecture strategy, the preparation of RP3, the advantages and disadvantages of fragmentation and a system approach for European Air Traffic were discussed. In addition, participants agreed on several actions to address severe issues like the impact of climate change and volatility. FAB representatives shared best practices on social dialogue, agreed on further steps on the execution of the common InterFAB communication strategy and discussed studies on the EU-US Comparison as well as on the added value of FABs.
Following to the intense and constructive discussions, participants concluded that the InterFAB initiative – and by this the FABs as such – are demonstrating substantial benefits and agreed to further streamline the work to be conducted in the upcoming years.
The DANUBE FAB Governing Bodies held their eleventh meetings on 21st and 22nd of May 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.
21st of May 2018
The ANSP Board met on the 21st of May in Bucharest for the eleventh time since the creation of DANUBE FAB in December 2012. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. CARNU Fanica, Director General of ROMATSA and by Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General of BULATSA.
During the meeting, the members of the ANSP Board discussed on the ATM/ANS service provision related strategic FAB prospects for the next 5 years’ planning cycle, the status of DANUBE FAB procurements, operational activities (e.g. SEEN FRA, seasonal FRA in the Bulgarian airspace, SEEN FRA extension to 24H, LoAs, etc), so as on future technical projects, such as the assessment of the use of space-based ADS-B capabilities in DANUBE FAB.
During the meeting, the members of the Board were also updated on the recent activities of the DANUBE FAB Common Training Board and decided to take advantage of ROMATSA and BULATSA wide experience in the field of training, maintaining the competence and assessment of competence, thus, taking the development of the content and delivery of courses at regional level.
Regarding the FAB external environment, the two ANSPs tackled, among other important subjects, the FAB enlargement, a high priority objective settled for DANUBE FAB, inter-FAB coordination matters and nonetheless the outcome of the DANUBE FAB participation at the sixth World ATM Congress, Madrid 2018. 22nd of May 2018
The DANUBE FAB Governing Council held their eleventh meeting on the 22nd of May in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Transport, Civil and Military Aviation Authorities, National Supervisory Authorities and ANSPs from both countries. Delegates from the Republic of Macedonia were welcomed to the meeting as Observers following the official mandate received at the sixth Governing Council meeting in 2015. The Macedonian delegation expressed their appreciation of the support from DANUBE FAB and their interest to participate in the work of DANUBE FAB on topics of mutual interest.
The members of the Council took note on the NSA Board and ANSP Board reports, the status of current DANUBE FAB procurements and plans for 2018 and the high priority projects under the Annual Plan, including the new template of the planning documents, which were designed to make the documents easier to follow and understand.
During the meeting, the Council’s members analyzed the prospects for the FAB developments, both in political and economic terms, as well as regarding the technical and operational particularities reported by NSA Board and by the ANSP Board. In this context, the Council took note of the status of the recent developments regarding the FAB enlargement. Also, the members of the Council were updated regarding the status of the inter-FAB cooperation and the recent development taken under this platform: the workshops on Volatility in Air Traffic and its impact on ATM Performance, Performance in ATM and Communication.
From an operational perspective, the Governing Council took note of the status of implementation of SEE/SEEN FRA, as well on the on the information provided regarding the seasonal FRA in the Bulgarian airspace.
Following the DANUBE FAB Governing Council meeting, Bulgaria and Romania extended an official invitation to Serbia to join DANUBE FAB with an observer status. Within this initiative and in the framework of an official delegation led by the President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev in Serbia on 21 and 22 June 2018, BULATSA Director General Georgi Peev held discussions with the Serbian ANS provider (SMATSA) on the same topic.
The next round of DANUBE FAB Governing Bodies meetings is planned for autumn 2018 in Bulgaria.
Mr. Veselin Stoyanov, Director European Programmes, Projects and Strategy at BULATSA, presented DANUBE FAB experience and know-how at the InterFAB Panel – Volatility in ATM: Cases, Challenges, Solutions at the FABEC OPS Theatre in the framework of the World ATM Congress 2018. Together with other functional airspace blocks representatives and the Performance Review Unit, participants discussed how different kinds of volatility (political conflicts, weather, low fare carrier behavior, ANS fees) impact the operational management of day-to-day business and how predictability should be improved in the given framework.
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