Air traffic controllers and air traffic management (ATM) specialists from Croatia Control (CCL) in Europe have successfully participated in the South-East Axis Free Route Airspace (SEAFRA) Real-Time Simulation.
Held between 16 and 25 March, the SEAFRA Real-Time Simulation was conducted in partnership with Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services (SMATSA) and Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) at HungaroControl’s Centre of Research, Development and Simulation (CRDS).
During the programme, 39 controllers and 12 ATM experts tested a wide range of scenarios in a bid to improve the deployment of the cross-border free route planning concept.
A joint collaboration of CCL, BHANSA and SMATSA is planning to launch Free Route Airspace (FRA) without any time restrictions.
The partners aim to introduce the SEAFRA Real-Time Simulation concept from 8 December.
They evaluated the effect of the concept on airspace sector configuration, with special attention given to technological and operational solutions.
The main objectives of the introduction included the assessment of human factors, which included situational awareness and workload, as well as safety-related concerns, which provided required input to ensure easy and smooth future FRA operations in the region.
FRA operations aim to generate little to no impact on ATM systems for participating air navigation service providers (ANSPs).
According to Air Traffic Management, the project plays a major part in the European Union (EU) initiative to develop the Single European Sky regardless of state or FAB borders, with an aim to improve safety, efficiency and air traffic capacity in Europe.
ANSPs participating in the SEFRA project aim to improving anti-terrorism squad (ATS) safety, as well as reduce fuel, CO² and NOx emissions.
Image: SMATSA and BHANSA conducted the SEAFRA Real-Time Simulation. Photo: courtesy of HungaroControl.