Intense collaboration between Belgocontrol and ANA Lux is already bearing fruit

The Belgian and Luxembourg air navigation service providers work together in a growing number of domains. Today, both companies have set their priorities for 2018: the new year will see the implementation of satellite navigation procedures in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, thanks to Belgocontrol’s expertise.

Belgocontrol and ANA Lux share historical links: for several years now, part of the air traffic above Luxembourg (between 14,500 and 24,500 feet) is being managed by the Belgocontrol air traffic control centre, CANAC2. In March and June 2017 Belgocontrol and ANA Lux signed cooperation agreements, enabling them to work more closely together in numerous fields. Moreover, late November, at the Gaïchel X summit, the Belgian and Luxembourg governments have encouraged both organizations to continue in the same vein by reinforcing their partnership.

One of the first new areas of collaboration is Aeronautical Information Management or AIM. Since late June, the Luxembourg pilots also have access to Belgocontrol’s Flight Briefing, through which they receive flight information perfectly tailored to their needs.

Belgocontrol also put its know-how on the so-called « green landings » or CDO (Continuous Descent Operations) at disposal of ANA Lux, which enabled the publication of CDO procedures for the Luxembourg airport. The continuous descent technique of aircraft in their approach phase towards an airport allows to reduce noise hindrance, kerosene consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Satellite navigation procedures

By exchanging information and know-how, Belgocontrol and ANA Lux have strengthened their collaboration in the following areas: analysis regarding building wind turbines in the vicinity of airport installations, meteorological services, flight procedures and the exchange of radar data. ​

High on the priority list for 2018 will be the introduction of improved air navigation or RNP (Required Navigation Performance). Together with Belgocontrol, ANA Lux will elaborate new approach procedures for runways 24 and 06 at the airport of Luxembourg. That Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is very accurate, because it works in 3D. It further boosts safety levels and improves airport accessibility. In Belgium, Belgocontrol has already introduced those new generation procedures for Brussels Airport as well as at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk and Liège.

Other areas of collaboration between Belgocontrol and ANA Lux will be business continuity, safety management as well as a common representation at international fora.

Peggy Devestel, Belgocontrol COO: “Having been concluded a mere six months ago, the overarching cooperation agreement of June this year has already brought about various specific agreements and arrangements with tangible results for the users of the airspace above Belgium and Luxembourg. With this type of partnerships, focusing on concrete improvements, Belgium and Luxembourg are shaping the Single European Sky.”
Claudio Clori, acting ANA Lux president: “Belgocontrol and ANA Lux are historically linked. The overarching cooperation agreement enables both organizations to exchange information and know-how, so we can draw on our mutual skills in a wide range of areas: this is a win-win partnership. In the upcoming years, we would like to step up this cooperation in order to prepare ourselves as effectively as possible for the next European reference period.” ​

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skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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