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EGNOS Yearly Service Provision Workshop 2015 Agenda
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and London Biggin Hill Airport Ltd have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA). This is a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at this aerodrome located South East London that serves the executive and corporate aircraft market.
The agreement was sealed on 27th July, 2015 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Peter Mirams, Head of ATS at Biggin Hill Airport.
The signature of an EGNOS Working Agreement establishes the operational and legal framework to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as navigation aid. The EWA is the prior step to the publication of EGNOS based approaches (LPV procedures) performing similarly to ILS based procedures, but with no ground infrastructure.
Up to this moment ESSP has signed 34 EGNOS Working Agreement in 25 different European states that have facilitated the publication of more than 250 EGNOS based procedures.
Thierry Racaud, from ESSP stated “we are glad that a new British Airport is now able to use EGNOS, improving airplanes approach performance and accessibility, especially in case of bad weather conditions”.
Peter Mirams, Air Traffic Services Manager at London Biggin Hill Airport explains the background.
“At present, runway 21 at Biggin Hill is served by an ILS system of 1980’s technology which is supported by a NATS-operated VOR/DME based on the airport as the back-up facility. Under NATS strategic forward planning, the VOR is scheduled for removal and this situation requires Biggin Hill to establish a new authorised approach procedure in replacement. Subject to CAA approval, a new GNSS / LPV procedure will be published shortly” he says.
“The reciprocal runway 03 currently has no instrument approach procedure. Commercial and flight safety considerations demand an upgrade and a GNSS / LPV procedure is now in the final stages of development prior to submission for CAA approval. A mid-2016 introductory date is targeted” says Peter Mirams.
Biggin Hill Airport actually serves the executive and corporate aircraft market. Many of the operators in this sector are already capable of utilising a GNSS LPV procedures.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and the Belgium Air Navigation Service Provider Belgocontrol have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA). This is a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) to be used at the different Belgium airports.
The agreement was sealed on 11th June, 2015 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Johan Decuyper, CEO from Belgocontrol.
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 correspondent national Air Navigation Service Provider. The EWA is the prior step to the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches (LPV procedures) that offer almost similar performance to ILS CAT 1.
Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO said “From now on airports in Belgium can benefit from the publication of EGNOS-based procedures. This will improve airplanes approach performance and accessibility, especially in case of bad weather conditions. Let’s welcome a new EGNOS player at European skies”.
The implementation of APV-1 approaches at Brussels Airport and at regional airports where Belgocontrol is providing air traffic services, will significantly enhance their accessibility by allowing safe and smooth operations under adverse weather conditions.
Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO said “The implementation and publication of instrument approach procedures with vertical guidance at runway ends without ILS fits into the Belgocontrol policy aiming to guarantee and even improve an efficient and quality service to our customers”.
Implementation plans for up to 16 procedures at Belgian aerodromes have been drafted; the design of the initial ones have been initiated for Antwerp International Airport, Charleroi Airport and Brussels Airport.
The first LPV-procedure using the EGNOS system is expected to be operationally available at Antwerp International Airport by December 2015.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a public questionnaire to understand surveyors’ and reference network providers’ needs with respect to EGNOS and Galileo.
Express your opinion at gsa portal!
The EGUS SC-2 [Specific Contract # 2] Project is tailored to give support to the EGNOS adoption by EU flight operators.
Its objective is the development of EGNOS implementation projects in different locations via LPV procedure implementation, aircraft upgrades and assurance of availability of retrofit solutions at lower cost for similar aircraft types.
A workshop will take place at the Aviation Event EFA, located at the Prague-Kbely Military Airport next June 11th.
Participants from all the sponsored implementation project leaders will discuss the roadblocks and difficulties identified during the process, and they will share with the audience the solutions and mitigation actions put in place to achieve the final goals.
The EGUS Workshop is open to everyone; you can confirm your participation by sending an e-mail to:
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!!