Entry Point North Belgium
Furthermore, thanks to the joint venture, Belgocontrol can position itself as a player in the international training market. It is expected that Entry Point North Belgium will be able to extend their training offer to external (foreign) customers.
This far-reaching collaboration with Entry Point North perfectly reflects the strategy of Belgocontrol to enter into partnerships in many of its activity domains. In doing so, the company preferably looks towards organisations of comparable size.
Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO:
Entry Point North is a trustworthy partner with the highest professional standards. The partnerships they have already built with other European air traffic control centres -each and every one of which is successful- are proof of that. Through this joint venture, we wish to establish a strong foothold in the Single European Sky of tomorrow.
Anne Kathrine Jensen, Entry Point North CEO:
Entry Point North is honoured to be awarded this important contract. While delivering training in Malmö for new air traffic control trainees from Belgium in the past few years, we have established an excellent relationship with Belgocontrol and are looking forward to continue our cooperation. We see Belgium as an attractive location for any third party customers in the future.
François Bellot, Belgian Minister for Mobility:
I look forward to this first partnership between Belgocontrol and a renowned actor in the field of training for air traffic controllers. It guarantees the best balance between the two companies’ expertise and a maintained high level of qualification of our air traffic controllers.
7 December 2017
Some additional comments:
In the past, future Belgian air traffic controllers were trained on site at Belgocontrol, which required heavy investments. Currently, the initial training is done in Sweden (Malmö), but European regulations require part of the final training to be done on site. Belgocontrol examined which possibilities could be looked at for the future. There were three options:
- In-house training: heavy investments
- Complete outsourcing: but still final training in-house as required by European Regulation
- Strategic partnership: this was the solution retained after a tendering procedure for a joint venture which was won by Entry Point North.
The joint venture will provide that the whole training can occur in Belgium, at the Belgocontrol facilities. These training facilities could even host foreign students.
The first Belgian students to undergo this new procedure will start their training at Brussels Airport at the end of 2018.
On another topic, Minister Bellot said that the Belgian skies are very complicated with civilian and military zones on a small territory, plus the additional issue of drones. He is working on a project to unify the Belgian sky.
The press conference was preceded by a visit to the air traffic simulator room with a demonstration by students under different conditions: sunshine, snow, night, and even a terror attack on a Brussels Airlines A330 on the tarmac.
Text and pictures © André Orban