EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and Romanian Air Navigation Service Provider ROMATSA 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 22nd by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and ROMATSA General Director, Ion Aurel Stanciu.
To recognize this signature, an award was given to ROMATSA Technical Director during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop held in Lisbon last October 7 and 8.
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.
Avram Iancu – Cluj International Airport will be the first Romanian airport to have an EGNOS-based procedure, planned for early 2015. The procedure design and implementation is actually being co-financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of the support plan to pioneer implementations to foster the EGNOS further adoption in the Aviation sector.
“We are happy to have a new member in the EGNOS family. From now on, Romania can benefit from the publication of EGNOS-based procedures that will improve the national airports performance and accessibility, as done in other European countries.”, Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO.
“Signing of EWA with ESSP enables the implementation of ICAO Assembly Resolution 37-11 and represent the first step to support APV EGNOS-based procedures, improving the accessibility of the airspace users at Romanian civil airports.”, Ion Aurel Stanciu, ROMATSA General Director.
Around 170 participants, more than 26 countries represented, two full days of Presentations…the 2014 EGNOS Service Provision Workshop has been once again a total success this year, being held in Lisbon last 7-8 October.
Opening speeches from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), ESSP, European Commission and Nav Portugal (as hosting country) welcomed the Workshop attendees.
Day 1 was devoted to explain the latest updates in EGNOS services & status, and the actual situation of the EGNOS market. The afternoon was lighten up by various presentations regarding successful EGNOS implementation stories in Aviation, debriefed by skyguide, DSNA, Aviation Southwest and VLM. Another presentation from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was particularly appreciated by the participants. And to end the day, CMC Electronics and an Airbus Test Flight pilot gave a practical symposium on SBAS avionics.
The first day session was closed awarding four European ANSPs that have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) with ESSP: Cambridge Airport; Wolverhampton Green Airport; ROMATSA and LPS SR.
Another highlight of the day was the signature of a Cooperation Agreement between ESSP and ASECNA, the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (more information to come in the following days).
EGNOS other applications out of the Aviation world were the main subject for the second day, mainly which regards to EGNOS land and maritime applications –there were presentations from UNIFE, Telespazio, RSOE, TOPCON and the General Lighthouse Authority of the UK & Ireland. The EDAS service for added value applications was also a main theme of the day. Previous to these presentations, the GSA and ESSP explained in deep the actual status of EGNOS markets, and the actions that are being taken for further EGNOS adoption in multimodal domains.
To take a look at the Workshop presentations, please click here:
Presentations October 7
Presentations October 8
On 18 September 2014, Gothenburg City Airport became the first in Sweden to publish an EGNOS-based approach procedure. As a result, today runways 1 and 19 are operating LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance) landing procedures.
“For the aircraft, the use of the new procedures will improve safety, increase capacity use, and save on costs over the long term” says Annika Nyberg, CEO of Gothenburg City Airport.
LPV procedures are already in use in more than 114 airports across Europe, providing a cost effective alternative equivalent to conventional ILS CAT I instrument landing procedures. LPV offers similar performance without the need for significant on-site infrastructure installation and maintenance. For these reasons, it is becoming a very valuable navigation aid to small and medium-size airports, increasing safety and accessibility to those aerodromes.
Cost-effective and safe
Gothenburg City Airport was chosen for first implementation in a pilot case launched by GSA due to two aircraft operators showing interest in LPV procedures and several EGNOS-equipped aircraft already flying from the airport. In addition, it was an ideal location for a pilot implementation project.
“LFV has done a great job in design, construction and implementation of new approach procedures,” says Karin Schagerlind, Head of Operations, LFV Air Traffic Services at Gothenburg City Airport. “With the right training we are now excited to start a procedure that will benefit aviation a great deal.”
LFV, the Swedish air navigation service provider, is currently working to publish LPV procedures at Sweden’s Storuman airport, also supported by GSA. LFV has final contracts with four further Swedish airports to start SBAS procedure design and implementation, and is also discussing offers with a number of other airports across the country.
At midnight of the 21st of August, just as the LPV approach procedure at Exeter Airport became operational; the Beechcraft 76 GBXWA from Aviation South West (ASW) performed the first approach of this type ever operationally flown in the UK.
The aircraft started the approach to Runway 26 at 01:02 am local time, just two minutes after it became operational (00:00 GMT, 01:00 BST).
Richard Bristowe, Head of Training at ASW, had the privilege to become the first UK pilot to operationally fly an LPV and commented on the satisfactory flight right after landing: “I think the overall memory was just how stable the system is. We've seen that in the trial, but at night the calmer air and clarity of vision demonstrated that flying to within one degree is perfectly possible. It was especially interesting to see how the ILS glide path fluctuated slightly on box 2 but the LPV remained rock steady (my co-pilot thought the autopilot was still engaged!). I now appreciate why Thomson – the regional airline operating at Exeter - have almost always flown the LNAV rather than the ILS”.
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.
Today 2 airports in the southern part of UK – Exeter and Bristol – have published EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) than can be used from now on for landing operations.
LPV procedures are already in use in more than 114 airports in Europe: these type of procedures provide a cost effective alternative equivalent to ILS CAT I, offering similar performance yet without the need for infrastructure installation and maintenance. It is a very valuable navigation aid mainly to small and medium-size airports, increasing safety and accessibility to those aerodromes.
Exeter and Bristol are pioneer airports in the UK using EGNOS- based approach procedures!.
GSA Call for Grants for EGNOS adoption in civil Aviation PUBLISHED!
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/ heliports willing to publish EGNOS-based operations and in particular APV SBAS procedures (LPV) in Europe.
The Total amount for the Call is 6 Million €.
Should you require technical assistance when elaborating your proposals, the ESSP will be delighted to support you: You might find our experience in other LPV/SBAS implementation activities in the past useful when dimensioning your proposal (e.g. resources, effort, costs, milestones, planning and identification of potential risks). Also, should you need assistance from external entities such as procedures designers, flight validation companies, manufacturers, Part 21 and Part 145 companies or STC holders amongst others, the ESSP could help you find the perfect partner for you.
We kindly encourage you to contact us through the following email for any question you might have:
• EGNOS Service Provider, ESSP: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the Call for Grants and all relevant documentation in the GSA website. Please, note that the deadline for the submission proposals is the 31st of October 2014.
Should you have questions related to the content of this call, please contact:
• European GNSS Agency, GSA: email@example.com
Don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity to benefit from the EGNOS navigation service!