The COOPANS (COOPeration of ANS Providers) framework agreement between Croatia Control, IAA, LFV, Naviair and Austro Control (providers from Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Austria and Croatia) has gone further than the traditional relationship between Air Navigation Service Providers and the ATM supply industry and has set the foundations for a strong and long-term partnership.

COOPANS has adopted a common managerial approach where the 5 ANSPs act as one organisation together with the supplier Thales, focusing on common success. The harmonisation of functionalities and joint investments enable the implementation of an advanced and unified ATM system.

Activities include, inter alia, common stepwise operational and technological evolution, optimisation of life cycle costs, sharing the same system and support baseline for operation and maintenance.

COOPANS members maximise benefits using common tools, methods, and operational procedures throughout the system life cycle. From a financial perspective, common procurement is defined for all major programme steps: development, integration, deployment and maintenance.

COOPANS’ highest priority is to provide a customer-oriented solution supporting economic efficiency and environmental protection, with a focus on maintaining the required level of safety whilst increasing capacity to meet our customers’ demands. COOPANS intends to be at the forefront of the European standards, implementing the latest proven ATM tools to minimise CO2 emissions and improve situational awareness.

In February 2014, Croatia Control launched the new ATM system based on the COOPANS latest version. The operating software is based on the Thales TopSky system and has been applied by 7 ATC centres in 5 European countries. It ensures Croatia Control’s permanent harmonisation with the EU standards and competitiveness on the European market of ANS.

Through joint development and cooperation with Thales all 5 ATM systems are harmonized, including all upgrades, usually twice a year. The member states make joint investments and share expenses, thus reaching cost savings and safety benefits.