As in past years, EGNOS will be present at the World ATM Congress to be held in Madrid next 10-12 March.
ESSP and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will support a stand to promote EGNOS use among Aviation stakeholders.
As part of the promotion programme, a Workshop has been organized to explain different aspects of the EGNOS Safety of Life Service for Aviation, as well as to award those ANSPs with who ESSP has recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement and those other who have recently published an EGNOS-based procedure in their airports.
To know more about the EGNOS Workshop Agenda, please click here.
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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.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and the UK Airport Land’s End (in the very South-West of the Island) had signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) which will allow the publication of LPV (EGNOS-based) approaches at this airport.
The agreement was sealed last November 2014 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Robert Goldsmith, the Airport’s CEO.
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 Air Navigation Services Provider signing the agreement.
As explained by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO “the signature of an EWA is the first step for the implementation of EGNOS- based approach procedures within an Airport. We are glad to cooperate in increasing safety and accessibility to Land’s End Airport”.
Land's End Airport intends to make full use of EGNOS and implement an LPV approach to its four main runways. That is why they have applied for grant to help the publication process to the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Target date for starting to use them is end of 2015. Prime users include the commercial airline, ‘Isles of Scilly Skybus Ltd’ and Trinity House Helicopters. Based public transport airline “Isles of Scilly Skybus” requires procedures to increase reliability for its lifeline services to the Isles of Scilly, which currently is achieved with no instrumental approach. Also will benefit based Trinity House helicopter operation (Safety of Life Operation looking after maritime aids around Cornwall – lighthouses, lightships, buoys, etc.). The LPV approach will provide a more reliable service to these users.
Land’s End Airport Manager, Chris Pearson, commented: “we are very excited to sign our EWA agreement – a major step towards implementing an EGNOS GPS Instrument Approach at Land’s End. We continue to work closely with the UK CAA as we progress with the implementation process – we hope towards the end of 2015 our customers and passengers will benefit from the improved reliability – particularly in poor weather – that this type of approach brings.”
The EC has released today a new version of each of the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already made available for the EGNOS users:
These are the current versions in force for each of the EGNOS SDDs.
The EGNOS Service Definition Document (SDD) describes the characteristics and conditions of access to the corresponding EGNOS service offered to users. Each SDD also contains updated information about the EGNOS system architecture and Signal-In-Space (SIS) characteristics, the service performance achieved, EGNOS interfaces with users and provides information on the established technical and organizational framework, at European level, for the provision of this service.
The first version of each SDD was published when each of the EGNOS Service was declared operational (1st October 2009, 2nd March 2011 and 26th July 2012 respectively for Open Service, Safety-of-Life and EDAS). New SDD versions -like the ones published today- are periodically published to reflect the significant changes in the EGNOS service.
New versions of the EGNOS Service Roadmaps (v3.1) have been released and are available at the following links:
These new versions provide a high-level overview of the EGNOS Services (Safety of Life, Open Service and EDAS) current status and expected evolution.
EGNOS Service Provider ESSP and the Bulgarian Air Navigation Service Provider BULATSA 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 Bulgarian airports.
The agreement was sealed on 27th October 2014 by Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Georgi Peev, BULATSA Director General.
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 Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority - BULATSA. The EWA is the prior step to the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches (LPV procedures) that offer similar performance to ILS CAT 1.
Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO said “From now on airports in Bulgaria can benefit from the publication of EGNOS-based procedures. This will improve airplanes approach performance and accessibility, especially in case of bad weather conditions”.
Georgi Peev, BULATSA Director General also added: “The implementation of PBN approach procedures is part of the BULATSA’s plan to comply with the ICAO Assembly Resolution 37-11. LNAV LNAV/VNAV approach procedures, as well as STAR and SID shall be introduced simultaneously with the LPV. The new flight procedures will be introduced first in Burgas airport in 2015. The new navigation capabilities shall bring significant improvements to the flight safety, optimization of the airspace management and accessibility to the airports, reduction of the flight time and CO2 emissions, as well as an opportunity for optimization of the navigation infrastructure. By signing EWA we fulfilled one of the requirements regarding the implementation of PBN in the TMAs in Bulgaria. This progress was made thanks to the participation of BULATSA in EDCN, SHERPA and NASCIO projects with the support of our partners from the Еuropean Сommission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), EUROCONTROL, ESSP, Pildo Labs and the Bulgarian DG CAA.”