The World ATM Congress held in Madrid 10- 12 March has been the ideal venue for EGNOS to engage with partners and to introduce airports and ANSPs to the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN). An EGNOS stand and a dedicated Workshop organized by ESSP and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) brought together ANSPs and airports interested in operational implementation.
At the top of this list of benefits is RNP down to LPV approaches, which enable all weather near-precision approaches without the need for expensive ground equipment. Today, EGNOS allows 250 feet minima, with the objective being to reach 200 feet minima by the end of the year, which will significantly increase the operator’s real operational capability and safety.
“Nowadays, 176 LPV procedures are already in use in more than 113 airports across Europe, providing a cost effective alternative equivalent to conventional ILS CAT I instrument landing procedures,” says Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, who is EGNOS Service Provider under a contract with the GSA. “LPV200 will be a major milestone for the EGNOS programme and will further encourage the implementation of EGNOS procedures at airports across the full EU-28.”
EGNOS Enables an Integrated European Sky
Another advantage of EGNOS is its interoperability with other SBAS systems – without the need for different avionic equipment. As a result, most manufacturers in the general and business aviation sectors are already putting EGNOS-ready equipment on-board new models. At the same time, the commercial manufacturers are taking notice, with many OEMS installing EGNOS equipment into their latest models.
To put this in the frame of figures, an independent cost-benefit analysis commissioned by the GSA indicated that the benefits for Europe’s aviation sector will be total €2.4 billion by 2030. Of this total savings, about €1.2 billion is due to reduced flight delays, diversions and cancellations. Another €900 million in savings is the result of the reduction of Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) accidents, and €300 million due to the phase out of infrastructure navaids.
Today’s GNSS penetration in the global aviation market is over 80%, and GNSS is expected to reach over 90% penetration by 2022 as an enabler of PBN. The shipments of EGNOS enabled devices are expected to dominate the entire market, including the commercial/regional, business and general aviation segments. The penetration of SBAS enabled units in equipped aircraft is expected to increase from some 20% in 2012 to 60% in 2020.
To support this growing market, continued adoption throughout the segment must be ensured. To accomplish this, steps must be taken to facilitate EGNOS adoption through enablers/tools/methodologies to facilitate LPV implementation. This includes increasing the availability of cost efficient avionics solutions, supporting operators in getting both equipped and certified with EGNOS avionics and facilitating crew training for such operations.
In support of all these points, the GSA is overseeing several funding opportunities. The Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’s current call has €25 million available in funding. According to GSA Market Development Officer Carmen Aguilera, the GSA is particularly interested in aviation applications dealing with GNSS. “During the first call, five of the funded projects dealt with aviation,” she said. “As this is an important sector for EGNOS, similar numbers are expected from the second call.”
More so, in 2014 the GSA launched a call for proposals to foster further EGNOS adoption in the European civil aviation sector. According to Aguilera, the objective of the call was twofold. “On the one hand, the grant aims to support projects that enable users to equip and use their aircraft or rotorcraft fleet with GPS/SBAS-enabled avionics,” she said. “On the other hand, it aims to allow Air Navigation Service Providers and aerodromes/heliports to implement EGNOS-based operations in Europe.”
A similar call for proposals for 2015 is currently in development and is expected to launch in May.
Aviation powered by EGNOS: awards
In summary, for both operators and airports, EGNOS is a smart choice: with little need for on-board equipment and no need for a ground infrastructure, EGNOS offers all users increased accessibility and safety.
To celebrate this EGNOS advantage, the workshop concluded with an awards and recognition ceremony for some of the ANSPs and operators who have recently signed EWAs and/or published their first LPV procedures.
Working Agreement Signature Awards were given to the following ANSPs:
Awards for First LPV Implementation at Local Airport
Please take a look at the complete presentation here.
ESSP has renewed the ISO 9001: 2008 Certification after sucessful audits at both its sites in Toulouse and Torrejon.
The renewal is valid for 3 more years.
No non-compliance were identified and the auditor pointed out ESSP strong points and improvement opportunities within the company.
ESSP Quality Manager Olivier Allex highlighted the good level of preparation facing the audits and also the good level of imposition of the company's Quality Management System throughout ESSP daily actitvities.
"This prepares us for the future, not only to be ready to face the upcoming and more stringent ISO 9001:2015 standard, but also to support our ambition."
The project BEYOND ( Building EGNSS capacitY ON EU Neighbouring multimodal Domains) kicks-off next March 17 in Prague.
The purpose of this project is capacity building and awareness raising for multi-modal applications, focused mainly on aviation using EGNSS in different Eastern European and Mediterranean countries.
ESSP is the Project Leader, managing a consortium composed by 19 partners, involving Air Navigation service providers and their correspondent Civil Aviation Authorities, SMEs, potential end-users and industrial companies like Telespazio and GMV.
The duration of the project is 24 months and the main outcomes are the organization of training sessions, guided excercises and workshops focused on different topics in multimodal domains.
From February 5th, two airports in the Slovak Republic will be able to use EGNOS-based approach procedures in their runways.
The Airports of Bratislava-M. R. Stefanik and Kosice are the first ones in the Slovak Republic to publish these type of procedures that will allow a safer and more efficient air navigation.
EGNOS-based flight procedures (LPV) are already in use in more than 140 airports across Europe, providing a cost effective alternative equivalent to conventional ILS CAT I Instrument Landing procedures. LPV procedures offer similar performance without the need for significant on-site infrastructure installation and maintenance. For these reasons, they are becoming a very valuable navigation aid to small and medium-size airports, increasing safety and accessibility to those aerodromes.
The publication of LPV procedures at these Slovak airports has been possible through the funding of ACCEPTA, a European grant given by the GSA (European GNSS Agency) to foster the use of EGNOS in the Aviation domain.
Rastislav Primus, Head of ATM Planning and Procedures Department at LPS SR (Slovakian Air Navigation Services Provider) is the person in charge of coordinating the process for the publication ““This has been a very demanding project” he emphasizes, “the introduction of LPV procedures has required the involvement of many professionals at LPS SR, but also the collaboration and commitment of our Transport Authority”.
LPS intends to implement the use of EGNOS in three more Slovak airports in the next two years.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and the UK Airport Land’s End (in the very South-West of the Island) had signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) which will allow the publication of LPV (EGNOS-based) approaches at this airport.
The agreement was sealed last November 2014 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Robert Goldsmith, the Airport’s CEO.
The signature of an EGNOS Working Agreement establishes the operational and legal framework to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as navigation aid between the EGNOS Service Provider – ESSP- and the Air Navigation Services Provider signing the agreement.
As explained by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO “the signature of an EWA is the first step for the implementation of EGNOS- based approach procedures within an Airport. We are glad to cooperate in increasing safety and accessibility to Land’s End Airport”.
Land's End Airport intends to make full use of EGNOS and implement an LPV approach to its four main runways. That is why they have applied for grant to help the publication process to the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Target date for starting to use them is end of 2015. Prime users include the commercial airline, ‘Isles of Scilly Skybus Ltd’ and Trinity House Helicopters. Based public transport airline “Isles of Scilly Skybus” requires procedures to increase reliability for its lifeline services to the Isles of Scilly, which currently is achieved with no instrumental approach. Also will benefit based Trinity House helicopter operation (Safety of Life Operation looking after maritime aids around Cornwall – lighthouses, lightships, buoys, etc.). The LPV approach will provide a more reliable service to these users.
Land’s End Airport Manager, Chris Pearson, commented: “we are very excited to sign our EWA agreement – a major step towards implementing an EGNOS GPS Instrument Approach at Land’s End. We continue to work closely with the UK CAA as we progress with the implementation process – we hope towards the end of 2015 our customers and passengers will benefit from the improved reliability – particularly in poor weather – that this type of approach brings.”
The EC has released today a new version of each of the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already made available for the EGNOS users:
These are the current versions in force for each of the EGNOS SDDs.
The EGNOS Service Definition Document (SDD) describes the characteristics and conditions of access to the corresponding EGNOS service offered to users. Each SDD also contains updated information about the EGNOS system architecture and Signal-In-Space (SIS) characteristics, the service performance achieved, EGNOS interfaces with users and provides information on the established technical and organizational framework, at European level, for the provision of this service.
The first version of each SDD was published when each of the EGNOS Service was declared operational (1st October 2009, 2nd March 2011 and 26th July 2012 respectively for Open Service, Safety-of-Life and EDAS). New SDD versions -like the ones published today- are periodically published to reflect the significant changes in the EGNOS service.