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January 2014

New EGNOS Approach Procedures in the Czech Republic, Austria and Finland

runway at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague


As of January 2014, flight  operators can utilise EGNOS approach procedures in the Czech Republic, Austria and Finland.


In the Czech Republic, operators will benefit from LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance) approaches in two runway ends at both Brno and Ostrava airports. The Czech Civil Aviation Authority recently approved also the possibility for operators to use EGNOS vertical guidance with Baro-VNAV procedures, which means that four runway ends at Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague will benefit from EGNOS. Design of Baro and LPV procedures for Karlovy Vary Airport is also underway, leveraging the experience at the pioneer airports.


Austria has long been an enthusiastic supporter of EGNOS, and today LPV approach procedures are operational at Linz and Graz airports. “We are pleased to be an early user of the innovative potential of EGNOS,” says Andreas Schallgruber, Head of ATM Operations, AustroControl. “Providing satellite-based augmentation system procedures further augments our excellent service levels and customer relations.” In the near future it is planned to implement additional procedures at other Austrian airports to benefit from EGNOS. Thanks to the experience gained during the implementation at these airports, AustroControl will be able to maintain its pioneer role in publishing innovative satellite-based approach procedures.

 The implementation of EGNOS procedures at Finland’s Joensuu Airport was launched in December 2013, shortly after the EGNOS Working Agreement signature between ESSP and Finavia - Finland's Air Navigation Services Provider.


 ACCEPTA project


The implementation of these new LPV approaches has been enabled by the EU-funded project ACCEPTA : Accelerating EGNOS Adoption in Aviation. ACCEPTA  aims to procure a wide-scale, real-life adoption of EGNOS-enabled LPV approaches across Europe in areas where the EGNOS signal is available and certified.

ESSP as the EGNOS Services Provider has played an important role within ACCEPTA, supporting the different partners in their way of procedures implementation through feasibility studies and supporting them on the Regulation framework.The project targets 8 airports in 5 European countries.


December 2013

New EWA signed by LFV and Avinor

Arlanda Airport in Sweden (managed by LFV)

Two new Scandinavian ANSPs have just signed the EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) with ESSP:  they are LFV, from Sweden and Avinor, from Norway.



The EGNOS Working Agreement formalizes the operational and technical modalities between ESSP, the EGNOS service provider, and each Air Navigation Services Provider, in order to support the gradual introduction and use of EGNOS LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance) approaches into the airports under their management.



From now on, both ANSP can start designing and publishing EGNOS-based procedures that will improve safety, accessibility and efficiency to pilots and operators at their local airports; as done in many other European countries.


EGNOS provides a cost effective alternative to ILS CAT I, offering similar performance, and it is free!.



The signature was sealed mid December 2013 by ESSP President Dirk Werquin and LFV Director of ATM Production, Anna Helena Wåhlin, who explained  "The agreement on precision navigation with satellite data from EGNOS is an important step for air navigation services. We expect to be able to take the new technology into use sometime in the summer".



From Avinor's side, it was its ANS CEO, Anders Kirsebom, the one to sign the Agreement.


We are very pleased with this contract, and look forward to implement the technology on our airports in the years to come. Improving safety and efficiency on our airports will be of great benefit to our customer” said Avinor Project Manager, Alexander Løvar.

December 2013

ESSP appoints a new Chief Executive

Thierry Racaud, new ESSP CE

The Board of ESSP has appointed a new Chief Executive. He is Thierry Racaud, currently Vice President at CapGemini AeroSpace & Defence, based in Toulouse.  Thierry will take up his appointment in early 2014 and succeeds Dirk Werquin who is leaving ESSP at the end of 2013 after 7 successful years with both ESSP SAS and its predecessor ESSP EEIG.


Anne Lambert, Chair of ESSP’s Board of Directors, said “I am very pleased to announce Thierry’s appointment as ESSP’s new Chief Executive. Thierry has extensive experience and knowledge of the sector and will bring a strong commercial background to ESSP. The Board is confident he has the skills and attributes to ensure ESSP continues to provide a first class service to its customers, and to be a leading player in broadening and deepening EGNOS use.


She added "Dirk Werquin leaves ESSP with a strong record of progress and achievement. He has led ESSP SAS from its start in 2009, through its certification as an ANSP, to the launch of the EGNOS Safety of Life Service for Aviation and to ESSP’s selection as the service provider for the next contract with the GSA which starts on 1 January 2014. The Board wishes him well."


Thierry Racaud said “Being passionate about aviation and space, I am very proud to be joining ESSP as Chief Executive, to lead the expansion of its business coverage while continuously excelling in the provision of EGNOS services”.



  • Thierry Racaud – Biography:

Holder of an engineering degree, Thierry Racaud spent 10 years in EADS Astrium (former Matra Marconi Space) as a program manager for mission critical ground segments (ESA Ariane5, export satcom ground stations and French MoD systems).

He then joined Capgemini in Toulouse in 2000 where he held various management and business development positions for space, aeronautics, air traffic management and defence activities in Europe. He was Vice President of Capgemini AeroSpace & Defence and member of its executive committee.


November 2013

ESSP and Finavia Corporation sign an EGNOS Working Agreement

Joensuu Airport

ESSP and Finavia – Finland’s Airport and Air Navigation Service Provider - have just signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at Finnish airports.

The signature was sealed mid November by ESSP President Dirk Werquin and Finavia’s Senior Vice President & Air Navigation Director, Raine Luojus.


The EGNOS Working Agreement formalizes the operational and technical modalities between ESSP, the EGNOS service provider, and Finavia, in order to support the gradual introduction and use of EGNOS LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance) approaches in Finland.


From now on, Finavia can start publishing EGNOS-based procedures that will improve safety, accessibility and efficiency to pilots and operators at Finland’s airports.

EGNOS provides a cost effective alternative to ILS CAT I, offering similar performance, and it is free!.



“The use of EGNOS for LPV approach procedures is already a reality in Europe” Mr. Werquin said, “and we, as the EGNOS Services provider, are proud that soon airports in Finland will start to benefit from the EGNOS service, as is being done in many other European countries with an EWA signed”.



”Finavia has been one of the pioneers in the implementation of satellite based flight procedures in Europe” said Mr. Raine Luojus and he continued “Modern fleets of main operators have enabled Finavia to already take RNAV based non-precision approach procedures into operations at all its airports. Now, it is possible to take the next significant step and start introducing EGNOS based LPV approach procedures.  The first two LPV approach procedures in Finland will be published for the Joensuu Airport in December.”

November 2013

SHERPA Final Review Meeting

SHERPA representatives at GSA premises

The SHERPA final review meeting, last milestone of the project, was successfully held on the 13th November 2013 at European GNSS Agency (GSA) premises in Prague (Czech Republic). This meeting is formally the technical closeout of the project which officially ends on 15th November 2013.


The Final review meeting was focused on presenting and assessing the project achievements and outcomes, ensuring the completion of the activities and committed deliverables of the Grant Agreement and deriving lessons learnt and recommendations to be applied for future similar initiatives.



Representatives from all the partners of the consortium (European Satellite Services Provider, Pildo Labs, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Silesian University of Technology, Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority, General Directorate of State Airports Authority, Estonian Air Navigation Services and Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority) attended the meeting and participated actively by presenting its motivation to joint SHERPA, work performed, experience and lessons learnt, mapping of EGNOS within each PBN national strategy and future actions on EGNOS. The usefulness and added value of the project in terms of cooperation, network links and guidance received was positively emphasized by all the partners and GSA.


Ms. Carmen Aguilera (GSA project officer) and Mr. Hans de With (GSA external reviewer) expressed their satisfaction for the achievement of the objectives of SHERPA and declared this review sucessful.


ESSP, the SHERPA Project coordinator, wants to thank the involvement, interest and effor dedicated by all the partners during the execution of the project.



SHERPA has impacted in terms of public benefits owing to the contribution to increase the safety of air operations, rationalize the costs related to navigation infrastructure, improving the existing Air Navigation capacities and the contribution to knowledge sharing and cooperation between different multi-national enterprises in support to the implementation of EGNOS at regional level.


October 2013

The Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office kicks off

The European Delegation to Tunisia inaugurated the Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office (GEMCO) at Elgazala Technopark in Tunis, with the presence of representatives of Tunisian Institutions and the European Commission.


Several delegates from six Euromed countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) attended the inauguration ceremony and the workshop organized by the Euromed GNSS II project called MEDUSA, that is also in charge of operating the office.


ESSP President Dirk Werquin took part in this event, invited by GEMCO members and representing the EGNOS Service Provider for Europe. Mr Werquin made a general presentation on EGNOS services, highlighting the actual implementation status (specially in the Aviation domain) and recalling future domains of application in Road, Rail, Maritime and Agriculture sectors. His presence was well appreciated as an opportunity to review the actual benefits of EGNOS in Europe.


The day kicked off by an Institutional panel with key note speeches from European Commission, European Delegation in Tunis and the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia that reaffirmed the interest of Tunisia towards EGNOS and Galileo and the mutual cooperation in the field of E-GNSS;  recalling the joint statement signed between the Minister of Transport and Vice-president Tajani one year ago.


The second part was mainly dedicated to share the European experiences in using EGNOS and the views for Galileo in civilian applications, as well as to discuss the possibilities for cross-fertilisation with the forthcoming GEMCO activities.  During the third part, focused on reviewing the several ideas submitted in the framework of the call for ideas closed last September, the speakers - from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia - presented their proposals and their priority themes concerning the use of GNSS in their countries and in the Euromed region.