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EGNOS Yearly Service Provision Workshop 2015 Agenda
The new EGNOS LPV-200 (Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance) service level now enables aircraft approaches that are operationally equivalent to ILS CAT I: providing lateral and angular vertical guidance without the need for visual contact with the ground until a Decision Height (DH) of down to only 200 ft. above the runway. These EGNOS-based approaches are considered ILS look-alike, but without the need for the expensive ground infrastructure required for ILS.
EGNOS LPV-200 based approaches, lowered from LPV-250, guarantee all the advantages provided by an ILS CAT I approach with the airspace design flexibility of a PBN approach. Benefits include:
This new EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) service level is available free of charge to all European users within the service coverage area. EGNOS LPV-200 supports civil aviation operations during approaches to airports and helipads. The service requires no upgrade to an airport’s ground infrastructure or to existing certified EGNOS receivers.
“EGNOS LPV-200 is now the most cost effective and safest solution for airports,” said GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides. “This is another big step forward for European satellite navigation and aviation.”
LPV-200 is a key milestone in the development of European Satellite Navigation and EGNOS, Europe’s SBAS, which has provided civil aviation-certified GPS augmentation over Europe since 2011. Today over 150 European Airports use EGNOS and it is estimated that by 2018 the number will increase to 440.
EGNOS is managed by the GSA, on behalf of the European Commission. ESSP SAS is the EGNOS Service Provider, under contract with the GSA.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and Hungarian Air Navigation Service Provider HungaroControl 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 in this country.
The agreement was sealed last September by Thierry Racaud from ESSP, and Barnabás Kis and Gabor Bajkó from HungaroControl.
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 Airport / Navigation Entity willing to use this service. The EWA is the prior step to the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches that offer similar performance to ILS CAT 1.
Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO said “we are happy to have a new member in the EGNOS family. This makes number 37 of EGNOS Working Agreements signed between ESSP and European Air Navigation Services Providers. From now on, Hungary can benefit from the publication of EGNOS-based procedures that will improve the national airports’ performance and accessibility, as done in other European countries”.
Barnabás Kis, HungaroControl Chief Technology Officer added, “Relying on the EGNOS services fits perfectly into HungaroControl’s strategic portfolio, and offering the potential to use satellite based augmentation systems will further improve service quality. In the mid-term future, EGNOS might also be applied by aircraft controlled from HungaroControl’s “virtual” tower (rTWR) that will possibly be the first remote tower at an airport the size of Budapest Airport from which air traffic control will be tested and demonstrated.”
Signing the agreement with ESSP is an important enabler for HungaroControl in its ongoing procedure design development. As part of an international consortium demonstrating the benefits of ATM technology improvements, the Hungarian ANSP will introduce LPV procedures at Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport by the first quarter of 2016. After successful demonstrations, these precision approach procedures will be available for all airspace users with EGNOS capabilities. Later on, LPV procedures are planned to be published for Hungarian regional airports as well.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA). This is a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at Karup airport, a regional civil aerodrome co-located in Karup Airbase, Denmark, in which RDAF provides Air Navigation services.
The agreement was sealed on August 2015 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Colonel Henrik Larsen from RDAF.
The signature of an EGNOS Working Agreement is the prior step before the publication of EGNOS approaches (LPV procedures) in airports. This satellite –based procedures perform similarly to ILS based procedures, but with no ground infrastructure. EGNOS based approaches are very useful in bad weather conditions, at small airports that cannot afford costly Instrumental Landing systems.
For the time being RDAF plans are only to facilitate the need for EGNOS procedures for the civil aerodromes co-located within military airbases.
This is the second EWA signed with a military Institution, being the first one to sign with the Royal Netherlands Air Force last July. This paves the way to new agreements with military Air Navigation Service Providers that provide navigation services to civil aerodromes.
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.