The Lithuanian air navigation service provider Oro Navigacija and the Polish ANSP PANSA officially joined the European iTEC alliance during the World ATM Congress in Madrid, after having expressed their intention to do so during last year’s World ATM Congress.
The common use of the iTEC flight data processing system and controller working position is a major step towards improved operational performance and increased cost-efficiency in a single European airspace.
The founding members of iTEC – The ANSPs DFS (Germany), ENAIRE (Spain) and NATS (UK) – and their partners account for 31 percent of European air traffic.
Oro Navigacija and PANSA signed a system group agreement with the German ANSP DFS, together with the Dutch partner LVNL and system provider Indra. The Norwegian ANSP Avinor joined the iTEC alliance in 2016 through a system group agreement with NATS.
iTEC technology enables 4D trajectory-based operations, featuring conflict detection, flight path monitoring and interoperability between control centres in Europe. It will improve the environmental impact of flights.
New members of the alliance will benefit from sharing development costs and risks.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, CEO of DFS, said on behalf of the DFS System Group: “The iTEC collaboration provides a platform for synergies and thus cost reductions, helping to realise a common and interoperable European air traffic management with greater efficiencies and service standards for Europe’s airspace users. The partnership with Lithuania and Poland will extend these benefits to even more airspace users.”
Mr. Mindaugas Gustys, Acting Director General of Oro Navigacija, said: “Being a proactive implementer of the Single European Sky concept, iTEC is also a great example of efficient inter-FAB collaboration as well as of successful partnership of Europe’s West and East, big and small, public and private, technology and service. The innovative approach and expertise of iTEC members are brought together to provide airspace users with the quality environment for more efficient performance.”