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

03 May 2018 3 min. read

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.