ENAIRE and the General Staff of the Air and Space Force make progress in civil-military coordination
On Monday, 23 January, the Headquarters of the Air and Space Force hosted a meeting between the Chief of Staff of the Air and Space Force, General Javier Salto Martínez-Avial, and ENAIRE's CEO, Angel Luis Arias, together with their management teams.
The flexible use of airspace and the management of new scenarios involving the mass use of drones and high-altitude and space operations are examples of collaboration
Civil-military coordination in airspace management and control and in the provision of air navigation services is essential for the development of civil aviation and of military operations, as these pertain to the flexible use of airspace and to the management of new scenarios involving the massive use of drones and high-altitude and space operations.
As a demonstration of the need and importance of this collaboration, in 2020, ENAIRE added to its structure the Civil Military Coordination Division, which is headed by a general-rank officer in the Air and Space Force, and whose mission is to enhance this collaboration at all levels.
ENAIRE and the Air and Space Force interact and collaborate constantly as part of their ongoing effort to achieve safer, more efficient and sustainable aviation, and to ensure the completion of the surveillance, security and control of sovereign airspace, and spatial surveillance missions of the Air and Space Force.
ENAIRE is the air navigation service provider in Spain.
As a company of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, it provides en route control services for all flights and overflights from five control centres in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Gran Canaria and Palma, as well as approach services to every airport in the country.
In addition, 45 control towers receive ENAIRE's communication, navigation and surveillance services, and 21 airports, including the country's busiest, rely on its aerodrome control services.
ENAIRE is Europe's fourth largest air traffic manager and participates in the A6 Alliance, a coalition of air navigation providers responsible for over 80% of European air traffic, and which is seeking to modernise the air traffic management system. It is also a member of other international alliances promoting the Single European sky, such as SESAR Joint Undertaking, SESAR Deployment Manager, iTEC, CANSO and ICAO.
ENAIRE, as the agency appointed by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda to implement the U-space system in Spain, will be the provider of the Common Information Services (CIS), which are essential for administering U-space services to drones and Urban Air Mobility, in interaction with local air traffic control services, so that all types of aircraft can fly safely in the same airspace.
ENAIRE has received the highest score in Europe on the aviation safety key performance indicator. It has also been awarded the EFQM 500 Seal for its safe, efficient, innovative and sustainable management of air navigation services.