Beyond the technological developments, for Belgocontrol, building the future means investing in its talents. The employees and their skills remain the number one force of the company. A new strategy and a new company culture are in motion to provide a unique user experience. To adapt to a world that is evolving ever faster, cooperation has also become essential. Belgocontrol is pursuing and intensifying the collaboration with its partners and forming new partnerships to strengthen its position and its performance, thus contributing to securing the future of the aviation sector in Belgium.
1. OUTLOOK FOR AIR TRAFFIC GROWTH
annual growth is foreseen in the number of IFR movements (commercial aviation)
additional IFR traffic in 2024 versus 2017 (EUROCONTROL – ECAC zone)
IFR movements in 2024 (EUROCONTROL – ECAC zone)24%
increase foreseen in the number of service units in 2024 versus 2017 (EUROCONTROL – ECAC zone)
annual growth is foreseen in the number of IFR movements
2. BETTING ON PEOPLE TO RESPOND TO THE GROWTH
new staff members were hired in 2017
air traffic controller candidates started their training in 2017
newly trained air traffic controllers started their job in 2017
air traffic controller candidates are still in training and will start their job in the coming years
Belgocontrol and Entry Point North concluded a joint-venture focused on training
To organise its training sessions, the Belgian service provider of air navigation services concluded in December 2017 a joint-venture with Entry Point North, one of the largest air traffic service academies in the world.
The joint venture with Belgocontrol will create a new subsidiary called Entry Point North Belgium which will be operational by the summer of 2018. Belgocontrol and Entry Point North will each hold 50% shares in the new Belgian subsidiary. This joint venture will offer high-quality training to Belgocontrol, adapted to the needs of the company and with a good cost-effectiveness ratio. The new training organisation will be able to benefit from the know-how and the vast experience of Entry Point North as well as its internationally recognised training methodology and philosophy, while Belgocontrol will provide its personnel and infrastructure.
Horizon 2020: a strategy to accomplish a dream
At the end of 2017, Belgocontrol engaged in a change process to bring the most safe, sustainable and unique experience to every single airspace user.
This is a dream shared by the employees at Belgocontrol and will become a reality thanks to a threefold strategy:
Partner with our customers: by end 2020, each airspace user will consider Belgocontrol as their preferred partner.
Partner with our people: by end 2020, 80% of Belgocontrol’s employees will be highly engaged in achieving the goals of the company.
Build a future-proof company: by end 2020, Belgocontrol will be seen as the example to follow in the world of aeronautics.
To support this strategy, on a daily basis, Belgocontrol is building a company culture which promotes respect, taking responsibility, open-mindedness and collaboration.
3. COOPERATE TO STRENGTHEN
Johan Decuyper, CEO at Belgocontrol, head of FABEC
Since 14 December 2017, Johan Decuyper has chaired the CEO group of FABEC, the block of functional airspace that groups Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland as part of the Single European Sky. With its partners, Belgocontrol wants to strengthen the role of FABEC as a cooperative platform in the heart of the most important airspace in Europe.
During his leadership, Johan Decuyper wants to strengthen the role of FABEC as a platform for exchange and cooperation, both at the operational and technological levels. Strong partnerships between the air navigation service providers of the six countries and EUROCONTROL are indeed necessary to achieve the excellent performance of safety, fluidity and capacity of air traffic in the FABEC airspace.
Considering the growth of air traffic across the world, strategies should also be developed to effectively manage the increase in the number of air movements and the reorganisation of the airspace to the benefit of all users, both civilian and military. The FABEC is the ideal platform to lead this deliberation, considering the importance of the airspace managed by the organisation (5.9 million flight movements controlled per year, which is more than half of European air traffic).
The FABEC airspace : 1.7 million square km; 5.9 million flights controlled per year; 14 area control centres; 88 airports
Belgocontrol and ANA Lux are strengthening their collaboration
In March and June 2017, Belgocontrol and ANA Lux signed cooperation agreements which will allow them to collaborate closely in several areas.Thanks to these agreements, ANA Lux and Belgocontrol reinforce each other in the areas of Continuous Descent Operations (‘green’ landings), flight procedure design (development of flight procedures), meteorological services, safety, contingency, and the exchange of radar data.
One of the first new areas of collaboration is aeronautical information or AIM (Aeronautical Information Management). Since the end of June 2017, Luxemburgish pilots have access to Belgocontrol’s Flight Briefing , which allows them to receive flight information perfectly adapted to their needs. Belgocontrol has also made its know-how regarding “green landings” or CDO (Continuous Descent Operations) available to ANA Lux, which has allowed for the publication of CDO procedures for the Luxembourg airport. The continuous descent technique of planes in the approach phase towards an airport allows for the reduction of noise pollution, consumption of kerosene and the emission of greenhouse gases.
The exchange of data and knowledge between Belgocontrol and ANA Lux has also strengthened the collaboration in the following areas: implementation analysis of wind turbines near airport facilities, meteorological services, flight procedures and exchange of radar data. One of the priorities in 2018 will be the introduction of the improved air navigation or RNP (Required Navigation Performance).
Peggy Devestel, COO at Belgocontrol:
“ The framework cooperation agreement signed in June this year has allowed us, within only six months, to reach agreements and specific engagements with tangible results for the users of the Belgium-Luxembourg airspace. Thanks to this type of partnership which is focused on concrete improvements, Belgium and Luxembourg are giving shape to the Single European Sky. ”