The Hungarian air navigation service provider and Entry Point North owned by the Swedish, the Danish and the Norwegian air navigation service providers are opening a joint ATM training academy in Budapest named Entry Point Central.
HungaroControl and Entry Point North have founded a joint venture. This long-term, cross-border partnership has been created with the purpose of increasing the level of initial air traffic controller training in Hungary, with the help of one of Europes most renowned ATM training center. In the long term, this partnership will contribute to the development of air navigation services in the region and the improvement of the competitiveness of Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE). The first training course will begin in September 2011 with 16 Hungarian students at the joint academy in Budapest, named Entry Point Central.
Until now, HungaroControl has conducted the initial training of Hungarian air traffic controllers on its own, and intends to enhance this activity in order to significantly increase the quality level of its training services. It has found an excellent partner in Entry Point North academy, since Scandinavian training represents world-class quality with regards to professional content and pedagogical methodology. Entry Point Central will provide the same competitive knowledge, proven training methods and education of high international prestige to the next generation of air traffic controllers.
Entry Point Central will initially train Hungarian students, and since the training is fully EUROCONTROL CCC compliant performed in English, the concept and Entry Point Central will be available for other partners requiring European harmonized air traffic controller training.
The Single European Sky program, which is to renew air traffic management in Europe, is expected to introduce a number of significant changes to air traffic control service providers as a result of which the human factor, i.e. training and education, will become even more essential. The harmonized, high quality training of professionals will be a factor of equal importance with that of operational-technological harmonization.
The Hungarian-Scandinavian cooperation sets an example for inter-FAB cooperation of air navigation service providers in Europe
HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. Ltd. Co., is a state owned company operating a state-of-the-art air traffic control center in Budapest.
Air traffic in Hungary has grown by 40 per cent in the past 10 years and HungaroControls air traffic controllers handle around 600 thousand flights a year. HungaroControl therefore launched several development initiatives in recent years with the aim to ensure the safe and efficient handling of continuously increasing air traffic, and promote the ongoing European ATM integration in the spirit of the Single European Sky program.
In addition to enhancing its air traffic control services, one of HungaroControls objectives is to promote regional cooperation e.g. in air navigation training and R&D, in cooperation with its partners. The establishment of Entry Point Central is based on the increasing demand for high quality and cost efficient training in support of air navigation, generated partly by European integration and the creation of functional airspace blocks. HungaroControls aim with the creation of the training center is to enable FAB CE, formed by seven Central European countries, to become one of the most renowned functional airspace blocks providing efficient services in Europe and operating at the highest technical-technological level.
About Entry Point North
Entry Point North is an award winning Air Traffic Management academy certified throughout Europe by national civil aviation authorities. Entry Point North was the first ATM academy accredited under the European Commissions directives towards the vision of the Single European Sky by 2020.
The academy is a total training solution provider, providing a wide range of services:
- Training for air traffic controllers and air traffic services personnel,
- Selection and recruitment according to EUROCONTROL FEAST testing
- Certified aviation English testing,
- Various consultancy services for ANSPs.
Every year up to 100 aspiring ATCOs from various countries begin their ab-initio training at its modern facilities in Malmoe, Sweden. Specialized courses within Human Factors and Safety areas are also offered to the entire range of ATM personnel. These courses develop the individuals non-technical skills such as decision-making and interpersonal communication. In addition, it provides a broad range of related ATM training and consultancies. The served customers are both regional and international public and private ANSPs, airports, airlines as well military clients, and it has delivered its services throughout Europe, Middle East and the Far East.
Entry Point North is a recognized international academy with more than 70 employees and consultants originating from over 8 countries. It has more than 180 state-of-the-art simulator positions, and furthermore two 360o tower simulators from 2010 and thirteen new 180o tower simulators All with high resolution 3D image generation. In addition, the academy has a CBT facility with 40 positions to ensure and reinforce the maximum learning capability throughout the courses.