The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the wide use of EGNOS — precision-based navigation (PBN) — at regional airports in Europe, following discussions at the European Space Solutions Conference in Prague in June.
Maintaining all-weather access at secondary and tertiary airports is becoming more and more important for the air transport community with ever-increasing difficulties when it comes to access at major hubs, according to the EBAA. Business aviation is now in a position to optimize access at more of these regional airports which are often characterized by limited investment or technical innovation on the ground. By improving penetration of EGNOS, the entire air transport value chain will be enhanced, the EBAA said.
“The aviation community stands to benefit greatly from EGNOS because it means safe access to small- and medium-sized airports without the need for expensive ground equipment,” said Fabio Gamba, EBAA CEO. “Approach procedures have been published for around 100 airports, which is still a far cry from where we should be. A move towards this technology is well overdue, and this is evident if you compare Europe to the U.S. We are proud to have signed this MoU with GSA and together we are committed to having many more procedures published in the near future.”
“The business aviation segment is a pioneer in the use of EGNOS and most new business aircraft are already equipped. This means that operators can start using published LPV procedures immediately, without making any upgrades, just by obtaining the operational approval from the authority where the aircraft is registered,” said Carlo des Dorides, GSA executive director.
“EGNOS increases accessibility and enables safer approaches to underserved airports also in poor weather conditions,” said Gian Gherardo Calini, GSA head of market development. “We are committed to working with business operators to enable opening new routes that best serve their specific needs.”