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.”
On October 7th, and in the frame of the Yearly EGNOS Service Provision Workshop held in Lisbon, ESSP and the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
This MoU states that both parties intend to cooperate and develop synergies in the frame of the future EGNOS-based services provision in the ASECNA area.
The MoU will be later subject to an implementation agreement between both entities that will be more specific in terms of timing and activities.
ESSP Chief Executive, Thierry Racaud, highlighted the need to strength links with African partners, and to share the gained expertise in order to develop Satellite Navigation applications out of European boundaries: “We are convinced that we could be of great help and advice to other satellite navigation stakeholders“
From its side, Ibrahim Kassim, Director of the ASECNA Office in Paris, representing the Director General, Amadou Ousmane Guitteye, reminded that ASECNA is preparing today to its future role of EGNOS-based services provider, and, in this frame, welcomed warmly the future cooperation with ESSP which will enable ASECNA to benefit from the ESSP recognised expertise and experience of EGNOS operations, and both parties to develop synergies in the field of satellite navigation.
ESSP and LVNL, the civil Air Navigation Services Provider in the Netherlands - have just signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at Dutch civil airports.
The agreement was sealed past November 4th by ESSP Chief Executive Thierry Racaud and LVNL CEO, Paul Riemens.
The EGNOS Working Agreement formalizes the operational and technical modalities between ESSP, the EGNOS service provider, and LVNL in order to support the gradual introduction and use of EGNOS LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance) approaches at civil aerodromes.
Groningen Airport Eelde (GAE) has been the first Dutch international airport to publish an LPV procedure. It was chosen because one of the runway ends was not yet equipped with precision approaches and the airport owner was highly interested to improve accessibility. Locally based operators and flight academies were also keen to extend their operation and training needs. The implementation of an effective yet “low investment” solution to enhance the airport facilities, led the airport to opt for EGNOS LPV approaches.
Funding from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) through the FP7 ACCEPTA project was a valuable help; additional resources were made available by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to assure timely implementation. Project management by NLR -the National Aerospace Laboratory in Netherlands -was crucial. NLR was also responsible for instrument flight procedure design, safety assessment and flight validation where LVNL acted as the independent design review organisation as well as formally engaging with the CAA and NSA to publish the LPV procedures.
Other equipped / Interested EGNOS users in the Netherlands are:
From its side, ESSP is proud to see that the number of European ANSPs willing to use EGNOS is constantly rising, and many other EGNOS Working Agreements are foreseen to be signed in the following months.
Take a look at the actual LPV implementation status and plans at European airports:
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.
ESSP participated in the MEDUSA final event that took place in Amman, Jordan, last october 21st. The MEDUSA project (MEDiterranean follow-Up for EGNOS Adoption) is aiming to help countries in North Africa and in the Middle East to utilize E-GNSS services,and to bring them close to the operational adoption of EGNOS and in view of Galileo.
The event in Amman follows a similar one held in Tunis last June, which was focused on aviation. This time, the participants discussed on the opportunities offered by the use of satellite navigation in the freight transport and road domains, shared interests and strategies in a national and regional perspective, and learned about similar European experiences and success stories.
ESSP participation to this event was focused on explaining different aspects of EGNOS Open Service and EDAS added value for multiple application domains, most precisely in the Road and ITS domain.
For more information on this event, and the presentations made, please click here.