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October 2013

EWA signed with NAV Portugal

ESSP and NAV Portugal have just signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at Portuguese airports.


The signature was sealed by ESSP President Dirk Werquin and NAV Portugal President, Luis Ottolini Coimbra.


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


From now on, NAV-P can publish EGNOS-based procedures that will improve safety, accessibility and efficiency to pilots and operators at Portuguese airports.

October 2013

EGNOS benefits for European Regional Airlines

Alberto Santos (ESSP) and Carmen Aguilera (GSA) at EGNOS stand in ERA

The ERA General Assembly 2013 took place in Salzburg from 2nd to 4th October 2013. The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is a trade association representing the intra-European aviation industry and comprises about  50 regional airlines and over 120 associate and affiliate members who jointly covers the entire spectrum of the regional aviation sector such as airlines, airports, manufacturers and suppliers.



The EGNOS stand, organized by the European GNSS Agency and supported by ESSP, received a significant number of visitors from different aviation stakeholders. All of them were very enthusiastic about EGNOS and raised many different questions on the system, its main advantages, as well as its implementation status in different European countries. Some of them were really interested in knowing how EGNOS-based approaches can be implemented at their local airports,  and how aircrafts can be equipped with SBAS compatible avionics.  



In fact, GSA and ESSP presented with great success the subject “EGNOS benefits for Regional Airlines” at the Innovation Zone of the event.


Alberto Santos (ESSP) stated that “EGNOS is an important enabler for Performance Based Navigation (PBN) that is one of the pillars of the future air navigation:  EGNOS allows to perform instrumental approaches of almost Cat I minima (250 ft) in runways where the installation of an ILS is not cost effective or technically feasible, as well as to provide an inexpensive backup to runway ends already equipped with an ILS. This has indeed important benefits in terms of  safety and service regularity for regional airlines operating in aerodromes under poor weather conditions


For these airlines, efficiency is also a key decision driver when making investments and introducing new technologies as Satellite Navigation. EGNOS contributes to reduce operation costs and minimize environmental impact thanks to enabling more flexible and advanced operation procedures including Continuous Descent Final Approach (CDFA). In fact, EGNOS contributes to reduce fuel burn (saving money and decreasing emissions) and limit noise footprints.


From her side, Carmen Aguilera (GSA) highlighted that “stakeholders in the European regional aviation are very enthusiastic about EGNOS and particularly about the fact that  Instrumental Approach Procedures with lateral and vertical guidance can be implemented in small and medium aerodromes with a minimum cost”.  In addition, she added that “the experience gained by pioneer users prove clear operational and safety benefits. There are currently more than 150 EGNOS enabled procedures in European airports and it is foreseen that the next year more than 15 countries will publish their first EGNOS based approach procedure”.


September 2013

ESSP and HIAL sign an EGNOS Working Agreement

Barra airport

ESSP and HIAL (Highland and Islands Airports Limited) have just signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) as a key step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) at 11 Scottish airports.



The signature was sealed last September 13th by ESSP President Dirk Werquin and HIAL‘s Managing Director, Inglis Lyon.


From now on, HIAL can publish EGNOS-based procedures that will improve safety, accessibility and efficiency to pilots and operators at the 11 local airports managed by them: Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Islay, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick.



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 Service provider, are proud that HIAL airports will start to benefit from the EGNOS service, as is being done in other European countries with EWA signed”.


In the same framework, HIAL has been part of the project ACCEPTA  - ACCceleration of the EGNOS adopTion in the Aviation sector.  Jointly with HIAL, Scottish operator Loganair is also part of this project managed by the GSA (European GNSS Agency), getting its fleet equipped with EGNOS enabled receivers.  The HIAL airports involved in the project, and the first ones foreseen to publish these kind of procedures, are Barra, Benbecula and Campbeltown.

July 2013

New SoL Service Definition Document Published!

The EC has released a new version of the EGNOS Safety of life Service Definition Document (SoL SDD) updating the previous one from 2011.



The Service Definition Document presents the characteristics and terms and condition of use of the services offered to users by the EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL).


The EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) Service is provided openly and is freely accessible without any direct charge, and is tailored to safety-critical transport applications in various domains, in particular for aviation applications.


The major improvement of this new SDD is the enlargement of the EGNOS service area, as shown in the map for the APV-I availability.

June 26th

ESSP wins new EGNOS Service Provision Contract

Carlo des Dorides, from GSA, VP Tajani, Dirk Werquin from ESSP



GSA, the European Union Agency in charge of the different European GNSS programmes, has announced the award of the new ESP (EGNOS Service Provision) Contract to ESSP, the European Satellite Services Provider. ESSP is the current EGNOS Service Provider since 2009, delivering the service in excellence under contract with the European Commission till 31 December 2013.



The new contract will cover the period 2014-2021 (inclusive).


Today GSA Director Carlo des Dorides and ESSP President Dirk Werquin have signed the 8-year Contract at the EC premises, sealing the agreement between the two parties. The signature took place at EC Vice President Antonio Tajani’s office, who is in charge of Industry & Entrepreneurship affairs, including the different GNSS programs (EGNOS and GALILEO among others).



The selection of ESSP is the result from the open Tender GSA/NP/09/12, in which technical and financial criteria determined that ESSP proposal offers the highest value for money for the future EGNOS Service users, while ensuring a seamless transition into 2014. Another key element to win the ESP contract has been the link as strategic subcontractor with Telespazio, one of Europe’s leading companies in satellite services.

This new contract is recognition of our commitment to excellence” ESSP President Dirk Werquin said “and we will continue in the same path for the years to come”.



The ESSP is committed to the following main objectives in the course of the new ESP Contract:

  • the EGNOS signal and data provision for Open Service (OS) and Safety- of- Life Service (SoL) as well as the provision of the EDAS (EGNOS Data Access Service)
  • EGNOS Service Provision, Operations and maintenance (including infrastructure evolution and deployment).
  • the support to the GSA in promoting the use of EGNOS services within the different domains of application (Aviation, Rail, Road, Maritime, etc).




Anne Lambert of NATS, who is Chair of ESSP’s Board of Directors, said: “This award reflects the commitment and professionalism of all the staff of ESSP who have worked so hard to make EGNOS a success”.