Israel joins our IFPS system

3 July 2017

At midnight, 22 June 2017, Israel joined the Initial Flight Plan Processing System (IFPS) Zone, bringing the number of participating states to 43.

Not only will Israel’s participation improve the accuracy and consistency of flight plans in the European air traffic management (ATM) area overall, but it will also pave the way for improved regional airspace design and extended air traffic flow management in the critical south-east part of the European region.

The switchover from local flight plan processing to the centralised IFPS occurred seamlessly and without any issues for airspace users, thanks to the excellent preparation and seamless coordination between the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), the Israeli Airports Authority (IAA) and EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager Operations and Planning teams.

Maximum consistency and the rapid updating of flight plans are essential in maintaining an accurate picture of demand throughout the European ATM network - and in defining the impact this demand may have on capacity. Having this clear picture is the aim of our centralised flight plan processing and distribution service. The IFPS (Integrated Initial Flight Plan Processing System) is one of the main services provided by the Network Manager Operations Centre.

For Israel, joining the IFPS family is a natural progression following on the signature of a Comprehensive Agreement between EUROCONTROL and Israel on 2 June 2016. The Agreement makes provision for Israel’s full integration into EUROCONTROL’s working structures, so that it can benefit from all services the Agency provides. One of these is Flight Plan Processing, supported by the Network Manager Operations Centre.

Background

The IFPS zone covers the flight information regions (FIRs) in these states: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It also includes the airspace controlled by Maastricht UAC.

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