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New EWA signed by London Southend Airport

ESSP and London Southend Airport 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 at this aerodrome.

 

From now on, this British ANSP can publish EGNOS-based procedures that will improve safety, accessibility and efficiency to pilots and operators flying to London Southend Airport.

 

EGNOS provides a cost effective alternative to ILS CAT I, offering similar performance, and increasing safety by allowing Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) approaches at difficult locations or under meteorological conditions where previously such approaches were not possible due to safety concerns.

 

On top of that, the use of EGNOS is free of charge.

 

EGNOS procedures are already in place in many European airports. Alderney Airport in the Channel Islands is the pioneer in the UK.

   

London Southend Airport handled over 31,000 movements last year, ranging in size from light aircraft up to B757. 970,167 passengers passed through the Essex airport between January and December 2013, making it the busiest year in the history of the airport.

 

The  Airport ‘s  Operations Director David Lister commented: “The introduction of LPV approaches, complementing the LNAV and VNAV approaches shortly to be introduced at London Southend means that the airport will have a range of instrument approaches available to operators, assuring continued operations in all but the most severe weather conditions, even if the Category I ILS is out of service.” 

  

It is expected that the new approaches will be published and available from the middle of 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

MEDUSA validates EGNOS-based approach procedures in Tunisia

MEDUSA’s team led by Telespazio and composed by ENAV, OACA, INECO and Helios, have validated EGNOS-based approach procedures designed by the project for the airport of Monastir in Tunisia.

   

Only a few months after partial EGNOS coverage availability in North Africa, the validation flights campaign was carried out with the support of ESSP, the EGNOS Services Provider, which has  performed the EGNOS’s  feasibility assessment.

  

This activity is part of MEDUSA’s assistance actions programme for promoting the use of satellite navigation in the Euromed countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia).

   

In parallel, MEDUSA is also aiding the Tunisian competent authorities in the future publication of the validated procedures and in the process for the operational adoption of GNSS in aviation.

 

The results of these assistance actions will be presented during a public workshop organized by MEDUSA and hosted by GEMCO (Galileo Euromed Cooperation Office) in Tunis on the 4th of June 2014.

 

 

MEDUSA - MEDiterranean follow-Up for EGNOS Adoption

Contact MEDUSA at gemco.medusa@outlook.com

 

 

 
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.”