Eurocontrol links with GSA on satellite navigation

GSA, the European global navigation satellite systems agency has forged a long term partnership with Europe’s air navigation safety agency Eurocontrol.

The objecive of the partnership is to to support the secure and safe implementation policies for European satellite navigation technologies – EGNOS and Galileo – in the air traffic management and aviation sector.

Since September 2014, the two bodies have exchanged letters which led on to the signature of a framework partnership agreement in April. On 20 April, Eurocontrol director general Frank Brenner visited GSA headquarters in Prague where, accompanied by his colleague, Adriaan Heerbaart, director of the pan-European Single Sky, he met with GSA executive director Carlo des Dorides.

Key topics discussed were the aviation-specific environment and its requirements; the exploitation of EGNOS and Galileo; security for critical aviation systems and future cooperation.

Frank Brenner said project managers and team members were more than willing to move the cooperation forward and both he and des Dorides pledged their full commitment to supporting the project teams.

Following on from this high-level exchange, the teams discussed six work packages in depth, agreeing on priorities, timeframes and deliverables. These work packages cover:

  • Area 1: aviation users’ needs to support the definition of mission level requirements for EGNOS;
  • Area 2: the operational introduction of European GNSS services (EGNOS and Galileo) for aviation in the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area;
  • Area 3: advice on regulatory and standardisation aspects, including spectrum;
  • Area 4: support to European GNSS Development and exploitation activities;
  • Area 5: coordination of R&D for GNSS in aviation;
  • Area 6: the inclusion of EGNOS and Galileo in future GNSS user terminals for aviation.

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