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July 01, 2024

ESSP and Härjedalen Airport sign an EGNOS Working Agreement

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The signing of an EGNOS working agreement (EWA) between the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) and Härjedalen Airport will enable the implementation of new EGNOS-based procedures in Swedish airspace

ESSP, as EGNOS Service Provider, and Härjedalen Airport (ESND) have signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA) in May 2024. This agreement marks a key step in the implementation of EGNOS-based procedures in Swedish airspace.

Härjedalen Airport, a regional airport located near Sveg, operates as an essential hub for both commercial and general aviation in the region. The airport handles domestic flights and provides key connectivity for the local community and tourists visiting the scenic area of Härjedalen.

EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, enhances the Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Positioning Service (SPS) by providing an augmentation signal. It enables RNP APCH (Required Navigation Performance Approach) down to 200 feet (~60 meters) and RNP 0.3 routes for helicopters.

The EGNOS working agreement (EWA) sets the operational and legal framework for using the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. By adopting this service, Härjedalen Airport will enhance its operational capabilities, particularly for precision approaches and landings under all weather conditions.

This agreement aligns with the EU Space Programme’s commitment to advancing safety, efficiency, and accuracy in aviation through Satellite-Based Navigation Protocols. Broader implementation of EGNOS, supported by agreements such as this, enhances aviation safety across Europe by optimizing flight routes, reducing operational costs, and minimizing environmental impact through decreased fuel consumption.

The signing of the EWA represents a significant step in the international cooperation to integrate EGNOS' precision signals and services into Sweden, providing a cost-effective navigation solution and benefiting airframes using air navigation within this country.