Crimea Air Navigation, Simferopol
The Crimea Air Navigation branch of FSUE State ATM Corporation was established in April 2014 in order to provide air traffic management in the airspace of the Simferopol FIR (Republic of Crimea).
The area of responsibility of the Branch totals 163,496 km² above the Crimean Peninsula as well as the Black and Azov Seas.
The Branch provides air navigation services to Russian and foreign users of the Russian airspace and performs the following tasks:
- ensures safety in its area of responsibility including Simferopol civil aerodrome and Belbek joint civil and military aerodrome in Sevastopol;
- provides users with CNS and aeronautical communication services as well as data link and FIS;
- ensures alerting of agencies responsible for SAR as well as flight coordination during SAR operations;
- ensures airspace management and coordination within the area of responsibility of Simferopol ACC;
- ensures transmission of operational air navigation information and changes in aeronautical situation to crews;
- ensures transmission of meteorological information to the extent prescribed by regulatory documents on the provision of MET services for civil aviation of the Russian Federation, to crews;
- performs SAR functions in terms of providing aircraft and crews on alert;
- transmits in due course aeronautical and background information as well as planning and other information on aircraft operations to ATC units of adjacent states.
The number of employees is 726, including:
- ATC personnel: 209 (ATCOs – 150, authorized to perform radio communication in English);
- CNS personnel: 155.
Simferopol ACC provides en-route and approach control as well as flight information and emergency services. In order to maintain flexible use of airspace and enhance airspace demand ATS routes are regularly optimized.
Since February 2014, ICAO RNAV 1 (P-RNAV) arrival and departure procedures have been implemented.
Conventional terminal procedures and new procedures have been updated. Also, CTR and TMA limits at Simferopol airport have been modified.
Simferopol ACC has introduced feet as a uniform altimetry measurement standard and RVSM, thus significantly increasing en-route capacity. Apart from that, visual procedures for instrument flights are currently applied, which has contributed to airspace efficiency and reduced fuel consumption for airlines.
Automated communication between adjacent ACCs is performed via data link channels using OLDI protocol.
Crimea Air Navigation provides communication, navigation, and surveillance services at Simferopol ACC and the airports of Simferopol and Sevastopol (Belbek airport).
CNS facilities are located at 10 stations throughout the Republic of Crimea.
In order to improve flight safety and efficiency, the Federal Target Program for the Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol until 2020 foresees the reconstruction and technical upgrade of the CNS facilities in the Crimea and Sevastopol.