GSA showcases EGNOS at Aero 2018
AERO 2018 brought aviation industry stakeholders from Europe and across the world to Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April. At the event, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) showcased the benefits of EGNOS, with a particular focus on its safety benefits for general aviation.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is working with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to enable LPV approaches at non-instrument runways, and this work includes holding consultations with aviation stakeholders and preparing safety promotional materials for the general aviation community. This was underlined by the GSA Market Development Team during a specific workshop highlighting the funding opportunities for general aviation.
Noting that EASA had set the introduction of instrument flight rules (IFR) procedures as one of its strategic objectives, GSA Aviation Market Development Innovation Officer Katerina Strelcova said that this objective was being supported by EGNOS, which was enabling a large number of airports to increase their accessibility through GNSS-based IFR procedures. This was previously only possible using very expensive ground-based equipment such as instrument landing systems (ILS).
In turn, “EASA sees significant potential for EGNOS based procedures to increase general aviation safety,” said Dominique Roland from EASA.
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Strelcova stressed that most general aviation aircraft models are already LPV capable and, for many others, there are retrofit solutions available, which will allow them to take advantage of the fact that over 500 EGNOS-based procedures are operational at European airports.
It wasn’t all talk at AERO 2018 - visitors to the air show had the opportunity to check out the benefits of EGNOS for general aviation for themselves, by flying with EGNOS in a simulator, very popular element of the GSA stand.
Aviation Grant Programme
As part of her presentation, Strelcova highlighted funding opportunities available under the GSA’s 3rd aviation call for proposals, which aims to promote EGNOS operational implementation in aviation. This call targets, among other objectives, the design and operational implementation of EGNOS-based low level IFR routes at various European airports.
This call is targeting all aviation segments: general, regional, business, commercial aviation and rotorcraft users interested in EGNOS operational implementation. The objective of the call is to foster the use of EGNOS for navigation and surveillance applications, increase network effect and maximise public benefits.
3rd EGNOS Aviation Call – At a Glance