The Yearly EGNOS Service Provision Workshop will take place in Lisbon next October 7-8. It is the perfect time to meet again with the EGNOS family, to present the improvements in the system and in the services, and to have a direct interface with EGNOS real users.
For more information on the venue & accomodation, click here.
To see the Actual Workshop Agenda, click here.
Registration & more information:
We want to know what do you think about EGNOS, the services it offers and any ideas you have to improve its quality. To help gather your views, a short EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey * has just been launched. Your views matter to us, so please take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire.
The actual EGNOS services are currently delivered by European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP SAS) under contract with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) for the period 2014 – 2021.
Together, ESSP and GSA work to meet and improve EGNOS users’ needs and expectations and to support the promotion and marketing of the services offered by the EGNOS programme.
*Completing the survey should only take about 15 minutes and all responses will be treated under applicable European Data Protection law.
Sucessful Meeting at Farnborough to announce Grants for EGNOS further adoption
Last July 17th, and in the frame of the Farnborough Air Show, ESSP and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised an Informative Session to announce the imminent publication of a new Call for Grants to foster EGNOS Adoption in European civil aviation.
Representatives from CMC Electronics, Universal Avionics, UK CAA, Belgian airports, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, PPL/IR Europe and several airport managers, among others, showed their interest in this incentive scheme prepared by the GSA and in which the ESSP will offer technical support.
This Call for Grants is targeted to users looking to equip their aircraft and rotorcraft fleets with SBAS enabled avionics, including the development of Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) or Service Bulletins (SB), and also to Air Navigation Service Providers and aerodromes willing to publish EGNOS-based operations and in particular APV SBAS procedures (LPV) in Europe.
The Total amount for the Call is 6 Million €.
The timing for the Call is as follows:
While the complete Call for Grants will be available for formal application in the coming days, further details may be found here. In the meantime, if you are interested in this initiative or you know someone who might be, you may contact:
EGNOS Service Provider, ESSP: firstname.lastname@example.org
European GNSS Agency, GSA: email@example.com
ESSP and Storuman Airport have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) to be used at this Swedish aerodrome.
EGNOS provides a cost effective alternative to ILS CAT I, offering similar performance, and increasing safety by allowing Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) approaches via APV-1 SBAS approaches; in particular at difficult locations or under degraded meteorological conditions where previously only NPA approaches were possible.
Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO said “we are happy to have a new member in the EGNOS family. From now on the Storuman Airport can benefit from the publication of EGNOS-based procedures that will improve the airport performance and accessibility, as done in several other European aerodromes”.
From Storuman Airport, Ivan Forsman informed that they are planning to publish an EGNOS-based approach procedure at the end of the current year, which should provide better minima to one of the runways. Actually, the aerodrome just relies in one ILS installed at RWY 33.
In the frame of the EU MEDUSA project, ESSP actively participated in the final event on GNSS for Aviation held in Tunis, June 4th, to support the potential use of EGNOS SoL Service in Civil Aviation applications beyond the European Union and specifically in the EuroMed region.
Hosted by GEMCO (Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office), the event presented the results of the activity carried out by MEDUSA last months in the aviation field, sharing the lessons learnt with the aviation communities from the Euromed countries, and mainly around the flight trials conducted of GNSS approaches designed for the airport of Monastir (Tunisia), making use of the EGNOS coverage available in the Northern fringe of the country.
Conducted by OACA (Office de l'Aviation Civile et des Aéroports), the Tunisian Air Navigation Service Provider, with the support of European experts (from Telespazio, ENAV , Helios, Ineco and ESSP), this event means a pioneer experience for LPV approach procedures implementation in the MEDA region.
ESSP was represented by Francisco Javier de Blas, who gave a full explanation on the role of the ESSP as EGNOS Services Provider and the existing framework for the implementation of EGNOS based operations in civil aviation.
Through its achievements, MEDUSA is making a breakthrough for the introduction of EGNOS Safety of Life service in North Africa and Middle-East region.
The message coming from the 14th annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) – the annual meeting and exhibition of the European business aviation sector – was clear: business aviation needs EGNOS. This is because the sector’s value lies in convenience, and to be convenient, business aviation demands access to airports.
Currently, many business aircraft are not specifically catered to by existing Air Traffic Management systems (ATM) and thus unable to utilize key airports. This is particularly true as Europe’s skies become increasingly crowded, meaning smaller airports are being pressured to make themselves available. In order to be available, these small and regional airports cannot rely solely on non-precision approaches.
And this is where EGNOS comes in!
Many of these small and medium sized airports lack the high-tech equipment found in commercial airports. For example, ILS navigation aids are often limited or simply nonexistent, increasing the risk of a flight diversion. However, EGNOS-based approaches (i.e. APV approaches based on SBAS or LPV approaches) do not require ground equipment. By next year, EGNOS will allow for SBAS CAT 1 approaches, allowing for a 200 foot decision height, which is comparable to what is available via ILS Cat 1, without the need for expensive ground equipment.
This is a message that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and ESSP, the EGNOS Services Provider, were discussing with the business aviation sector during EBACE. Both entities had numerous one-on-one meetings with such operators as Jet Aviation, NetJets and the Flying Group and manufacturers as Gulfstream, Bell Helicopters, Textron Aviation, Piaggio, DAHER-SOCATA, Airbus, AgustaWestland, Bombardier, Eclipse, Dassault, HondaJet, Embraer, Pilatus and Boeing Business Jets. The purpose of these discussions was to find out the SBAS forward fitting possibilities of their new aircraft fleet and the retrofitting opportunities for the older ones.
“We’re interested in understanding whether the new business aircraft models come with SBAS capabilities by default or whether they have to be ordered by the operator as an option, or service bulletin,” said Alejandro Fransoy, Marketing and Promotion Expert, ESSP. “For the models no longer in production, we also inquired about the available retrofitting options.”
What became apparent from these conversations was that most new business aircraft are SBAS equipped by default. “This is very good news as it means operators can start using the already published LPV procedures immediately,” said Gian Gherado Calini, Head of Market Development, GSA. “However, there is the ongoing challenge that individual operators are still required to obtain the operational approval from the authority where the aircraft is registered in order to be able to perform these types of approaches.”
EGNOS is There, Use It
Another positive outcome coming from EBACE is that the GSA and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) agreed to form a partnership with the specific purpose of facilitating this enhanced use of EGNOS within the business aviation sector.
As a result of partnerships like this and the GSA and ESSP’s ongoing work with the business aviation sector, today many small and medium sized airports are using EGNOS. Today more than 100 airports are benefitting from EGNOS and more than 400 runways plan to use EGNOS-enabled approaches by 2018.