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January 22, 2019

ESSP and ISAVIA have signed an EGNOS Working Agreement for Iceland

The agreement will enable the publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in this Icelandic airports.

EGNOS Satellite Services Provider, ESSP, and ISAVIA have recently signed an EGNOS Working Agreement (EWA), as a key first step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures (LPV procedures) to HUSAVIK Airport as the first airport in Iceland to use this technology. HUSAVIK is a regional airport in the north-east of Iceland. The EWA sets the legal and operational framework for use of EGNOS satellite signals and services for precision air navigation in Iceland.

The agreement was signed on the 12th of December 2018, and it establishes the operational and legal framework to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid between the EGNOS Satellite Services Provider – ESSP - and the Airport / Navigation entity interested in to use this service.

This agreement is framed into the EU Space Programme actions to get the highest security rates and accuracy systems in aviation through Satellite Based Navigation Protocol.

Mr. Kristinsson, GNSS Project Manager at ISAVIA says “Husavik Airport will be the first airport in Iceland to employ EGNOS signals to allow for ILS like precision approach to the airport, without any further local hardware or infrastructure on the ground. Next airports Isavia are interested in publishing EGNOS APV-I approaches to are AKUREYRI Airport and EGILSSTADIR Airport, both serving regional and international air traffic. We have already started our procedure design programs and data collection campaigns for these airfields.”

The signature of the EWA agreement concludes an important step in international cooperation to employ EGNOS precision signals and services in Iceland for a cost efficient navigation solution for the benefit of Isavia’s customers using precision air navigation in Iceland.

Photo credits: HUSAVIK Airport