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As of May 6th, and after months of redesign and tests, EGNOS users can benefit from a renewed EGNOS User Support Website.
The website has been completely redesigned and restructured to better fit user needs in the different market segments, improving at the same time its overall performance.
The EGNOS User Support website is the on-line channel managed by ESSP, the EGNOS Services Provider under contract with GSA, to interact with EGNOS users, giving access to the EGNOS Helpdesk 24/7 and to the EGNOS degradations notifications services, and offering different information such as forecast / real-time / historical EGNOS performance figures, implementation and adoption material and tools, as well as plenty of documentation related to the EGNOS system and services: EGNOS bulletins, Monthly Performance Reports; Service Notices; Service Definition Documents, etc.
It is also the registration point for EDAS (EGNOS Data Access Service) users and the portal where they can get information about EDAS services status and the complete documentation and SW package required to connect once they are registered.
Currently there are more than 1200 registered users at the EGNOS User Support Website.
With a brand new image and increased usability, this website is adapted to the new times. This combination of enhanced functionality and usability will absolutely improve the web visitor's experience.
EGNOS User Support Website. Find the support you need!!
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.