EGNOS now approved for use in Germany

Aircraft may fly approach procedures with vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) at 38 airports in Germany from today.
Permission to use EGNOS in Germany has been granted by the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF).
On December 9, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung signed an EGNOS working agreement with ESSP SAS, the EGNOS service provider.
ESSP started providing EGNOS Safety-of-Life services on March 2 after the service declaration made by the European Commission, owner of the EGNOS system.
So far, EGNOS-based approach procedures with LPV minima are available at six European aerodromes: three in France (Pau, Clermont-Ferrand, Le Bourget), two in Switzerland (St. Gallen-Altenrhein, Les Eplatures) and one on the Channel Island of Alderney.
The advantage of EGNOS is that the airport does not need additional navigation aids and thus is a cost-efficient alternative for smaller airports that would like to enable approach procedures down to 250 ft minima.
Approaches to the German airports are now possible with lateral navigation/vertical navigation (LNAV/VNAV) minima.
Further development of procedures is planned for 2012 which will allow localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) minima.