Successful cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina

5 July 2013

EUROCONTROL recently terminated a fruitful cooperation Agreement with the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHDCA) for providing support in implementing their ATM Strategy. This termination took place on BHDCA’s confirmation to EUROCONTROL’s Director General, Frank Brenner, that all the objectives of the Agreement - signed between two entities in 2006 - had been successfully met.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) ATM Strategy was adopted by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005. It was principally aimed at separating service provision from the regulatory function of the institutions involved in ATM in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The plan was to create a single, national, air navigation provider (ANSP) and to allow BH to participate in the CEATS (Central Europe Air Traffic Services) project on equal terms with the other participating states. When the BH ATM Strategy was adopted, there were five ANSPs involved in service provision in the Sarajevo FIR: two local, two from adjacent states and one military.

There were three main directions followed in implementing the Strategy: institutional transformation, CNS/ATM system development and the development of human resources.

The foundations for the institutional transformation were laid down in the CARDS/ASATC project in which BHDCA had been a beneficiary. The legal framework for the separation of ATM-related functions was completed by passing two laws: a Law on the ANS Agency of BH and the Aviation Law of BH. Both laws took into account the relevant regulations of SES I. The institutional reorganisation resulted in a newly established ANSP, BHANSA, and a reorganised regulator with an national supervisory authority, BHDCA, incorporated in it.

EUROCONTROL’s involvement focussed on the technical/operational and airspace areas aspects which were part of the CNS/ATM project.

Technical/operational work included the deployment of an ATM system, communication equipment and MSSR (monopulse secondary surveillance radar). The systems were specified according to studies produced by the CEATS Strategy Planning and Development Unit. EUROCONTROL’s biggest contribution was in the areas of communications and surveillance.

EUROCONTROL’s involvement in the airspace part of the project was done through the organisation and execution of two real time simulations, with the full participation of two ANSPs from the adjacent states. The airspace simulations and the resulting airspace plan were carried out in the context of FAB CE airspace planning, and fully in line with it, given that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a FAB CE member state.

The Agreement was found to have been very fruitful and useful for both parties, with a marked degree of professionalism displayed by both BHDCA staff and management. Transfer of knowledge was one of the highlights of the cooperation: this was achieved through secondment arrangements in both directions.

It is expected that EUROCONTROL will continue to be play a role in ATM matters in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the tasks of Network Manager, especially during the BHATM’s transition to the operational phase.

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