Central European airspace alliance retains Helios and Integra

30 October 2020 Consultancy.eu

The Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE), the organisation that manages the airspace of seven Central European countries, has retained the services of Helios and Integra Consult. 

To control its air space, Europe has nine airspace blocks – regions beyond state boundaries which stipulate the provision of air navigation services and related functions. The FAB CE organisation oversees the air space above the Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia.

FAB CE has recently developed a new operational strategy to 2030 in response to the publication in 2019 of the European Airspace Architecture Study (EAAS) and the Wise Persons Group report – both of which called for an urgent transformation of European air traffic management services to a data-driven, services-based environment with increased collaboration, information sharing and automation.

Signalling its commitment to meet the demands, FAB CE is working on several initiatives aimed at creating a “value-adding and agile alliance” for its member air navigation service providers (ANSP), said Matej Eljon, Programme Manager at FAB CE.

Central European airspace alliance retains Helios and Integra

“FAB CE ANSPs have made a significant investment into the FAB to deliver added value to its users and we will continue to do so. We have all the structures in place, including a unique joint venture FAB CE Aviation Services Limited, and we have learnt how to work together efficiently. We are going to build on our achievements and transform.” 

Helios, an aviation consultancy part of Egis, and Integra Consult, a Danish consultancy with offices in Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic, have been supporting the Programme Support Office for the past three years. On the back of a successful collaboration, FAB CE has now extended the agreement with the two consulting firms for another two years. 

Juraj Jirku from Helios said: “We’re delighted to continue supporting FAB CE in its transformation. We achieved some important milestones recently which help to improve cost efficiency in the region. These include completing the surveillance and NAVAID optimisation projects which established important processes for joint planning and maintenance of CNS infrastructure.” 

Petri Hartikainen from Integra Consult added: “We have achieved concrete milestones during recent years such as the stepwise expansion of cross-border Free Route Airspace (FRA) both within FAB CE as well as with adjacent ANSPs and the development of a common contingency concept to enable continued service provision in case of a short term outage of a FAB CE ANSP.” 

“We look forward to continuing our co-operation with the FAB CE ANSPs as well as with our PSO partners during the next two years.”