Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) and ANS Finland sign a contract with Thales to provide the FINEST programme with a joint TopSky ATC system
FINEST is a bilateral cooperation programme between EANS and ANS Finland. Responding to the demands of increased air traffic and Single European Sky requirements EANS and ANS Finland decided to further strengthen their cooperation. On the 12th of March, at the World ATM Congress, a contract was signed with Thales to move forward with the FINEST initiative for the provision of a single TopSky ATC system shared between Estonia and Finland.
“The objective of the FINEST programme is consistent dynamic, cost-efficient and competitive cross-border Air Navigation Service (ANS) provision for the benefit of airspace users,” said the CEO of EANS, Tanel Rautits. The programme will provide contingency solutions, give flexibility during periods of operation, bring cost efficiencies and improve the service provided to the airspace users”.
“EANS and ANS Finland have worked together since 2005 in different areas. We have a similar historical and cultural background, but we need to strengthen our position in the Gulf of Finland area, which is why, the FINEST programme is a logical continuation in our cooperation,” added Raine Luojus, CEO of ANS Finland. “At the moment, EANS and ANS Finland are both using similar but independent TopSky systems. In order to achieve the goals of FINEST, a joint Flight Data Processing System in required” added Luojus.
“Growing aircraft numbers make air traffic management more complex and requires increased collaboration between aviation stakeholders and particularly ANSPs. The contract signed today shows that EANS and ANS Finland are working systematicallly to meet the challenges of the market. I’m excited that we can work with both organisations to provide one single TopSky ATC system that will enable them to control both the Finish and Estonian FIRs” said Jean Ferré, VP Air Traffic Management at Thales.