Ukraine's Air Traffic Services Enterprise hires Helios for systems upgrade

03 May 2018

The Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) has called in aviation consultancy Helios to support the ramp up of its air traffic management systems. 

Established in 1992, UkSATSE is Ukraine’s main air navigation service provider (ANSP) – the organisation manages air traffic on behalf of the country’s authorities and airports. The organisation operates with 4 area control centres and 15 towers spread across Ukraine, and employs over 5,000 professionals.

As part of UkSATSE’s digital roadmap, the air traffic organisation has decided to upgrade its communication, navigation and surveillance systems infrastructure for air traffic management. The upgrade work is being funded by a grant obtained by UkSATSE from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). 

The project builds on several previous IT upgrades, including the enhancement of the air traffic control systems at the area control centres of both Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk. UkSATSE also in recent years implemented high frequency radio telecommunication centres in the south of Ukraine and installed VOLMET, an automated meteorological information system, at Odessa’s area control centre. 

Ukraine's Air Traffic Services Enterprise hires Helios for systems upgrade

The latest project, which is planned to take nine months for completion, will kick-off with an analysis of the existing CNS/ATM infrastructure, after which an action plan will be crafted for critical infrastructure renewal, including the technical requirements needed for procurement and build and delivery activities. 

The modernisation project is supported by a team of Egis, led by consultancy Helios – the firm’s aviation consulting wing. Oleksandr Dotsenko, Acting Director of UkSATSE said: “A key aim of the work is to harmonise UkSATSE ANS systems with both the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan and the European ATM Master Plan. In the short-term, the consultants will help determine the necessary capital investments to be financed by EBRD and the EIB for the further modernisation of UkSATSE, with the aim in the longer term of facilitating our integration into a common data processing centre.” 

Commenting on the project win, Mike Shorthose, Helios’ executive chairman stated: “The selection of Egis for this contract underlines the Group’s presence in Ukraine and continues Helios’ association with UkSATSE as well as the EBRD and EIB. It’s great to have the support of local Egis colleagues based in Ukraine, and we are looking forward to supporting UKSATSE on this important project.” 

Meanwhile in Europe’s Central Eastern aviation consulting space, two NATO operating units, in Hungary and Germany, in February this year selected Baines Simmons to support them with the implementation of EMAR's (European Military Airworthiness Requirements) 21, 145 and M stipulations.


Azerbaijan's air navigation service provider flies in Helios

19 April 2019

Azerbaijan’s Azeraeronavigation, the country’s air navigation service provider, has selected aviation consultancy Helios to support it with the upgrade of its communication, navigation and surveillance systems infrastructure for air traffic management.

Bordering with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russia from the north and east, Iran from the south, and Georgia, Armenia and Turkey from the west, Azerbaijan’s airspace is used by dozens of international and national carriers. The country’s airspace, of which 86,600 sq. km is land and 78,000 sq. km is above the Caspian sea area, currently spans a route network of around 8,000 km. 

Azeraeronavigation, the organisation which control the country’s air traffic management (ATM) and communication navigation and surveillance systems (CNS), needs to prepare for a growing number of commercial flights passing through its airspace. The organisation has also developed a strategy to become one of the best performing and innovative air navigation service providers in the region. To support delivery of both objectives, the organisation has brought consultants from Helios on board.Azerbaijan's air navigation service provider flies in HeliosHelios will assess Azeraeronavigation’s current infrastructure with a particular focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its components, and help to develop an implementation roadmap. This will include an action plan and development of options for evolution of the infrastructure, covering criteria such as capacity, new technology, safety, cost-efficiency and more.

“This project will enable us to fully prepare for the future, improve our efficiency and take advantage of innovative technologies, as well as to decide on the best way forward in order to meet the ultimate goal of providing high-value and excellent services to our users,” said Farhan Guliyev, director of Azeraeronavigation. 

Commenting on the project, Helios’s chief executive officer Claire Davies said, “We are delighted to be supporting Azeraeronavigation on this ambitious and important project. Helios has extensive experience and a deep understanding of air traffic management and communication, navigation and surveillance systems. I am confident we will be able to help them accelerate their exciting programme of improvement.” 

Last year, Ukraine's national air traffic service provider hired experts from Helios to oversee a systems upgrade project.