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EGNOS Yearly Service Provision Workshop 2015 Agenda
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!!
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.