ATS and ASM User Forum

June 12, 2019

Within the regular user consultations, Croatia Control (CCL) held a forum on air traffic services (ATS) and airspace management (ASM) today at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Zagreb, Borongaj Campus.
The forum gathered the representatives of air alliances, aero clubs, the Croatian Unmanned Systems Association, Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior, Croatian Air Force, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Croatian Firefighting Association, gliders, UAS operators, VFR pilots, and others.
After the salutation on behalf of the host by Prof. Doris Novak, Head of Dept. of Aeronautics, the participants were greeted on behalf of the organizer by Vladimir Bračević, Zagreb ATCC Executive Director, who referred to multiple activities having been conducted since the last forum which took place two years ago.
“The project for the implementation of flexible airspace structures has been completed, enabling simpler and quicker reservation of airspace,” said Bračević, clarifying that the project was part of the FUA concept, i.e. a process keeping track of the EU legislative changes in airspace management. He added that the National Airspace Management Committee was the highest-level body monitoring the FUA application in Croatia and performing annual reviews of airspace use and user requirements.
“Lateral boundaries of Pula and Zadar terminals have been changed, so they are now laterally connected with the Zagreb terminal; the Lučko-Zagreb VFR route has been changed, and changes of the parachuting procedures and zone are in queue,” Bračević stated. Also, Osijek airspace terminal services are to be improved by installing the ILS equipment for runway 11, thus completing the long-term Croatian lower airspace radar service deployment project. The new Lošinj VOR/DME equipment increases the availability of navigational equipment and instrument procedures at Lošinj airport.
He announced the commissioning of the Konavle radar in 2020, which would raise the quality and safety of the Dubrovnik terminal radar coverage. A PBN procedure had been implemented at Zagreb and Osijek airports, with other airports planned for end 2019, i.e. the beginning of 2020, he said.
“In cooperation with other entities for airspace organization, CCL works on Croatian airspace reorganization, whereas in the field of ASM, we have been constantly developing our web tool the AMC Portal, which is now available as a mobile application too,” said Bračević, announcing the complete digitalization of the communication with airspace structure users.
According to his words, the AMC Portal enabled informing the drone users in real time when conducting their activates as well as the overview of relevant information on a joint platform, which is CCL’s contribution to raising the drone users’ awareness and providing relevant information to the VFR traffic, either via the AMC Portal of FIC.
“We actively follow and take part in developing the unmanned aircraft systems legislation to enable their safe broader use and integration into airspace, which is at the same time our biggest challenge,” concluded the Zagreb ATCC Executive Director.