The maiden flight by the Bombardier’s CS100 employed an EGNOS based LPV-200 procedure at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on 15 July.
Bombardier’s new CS100 and CS300 series are factory fitted with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite and certified for the use of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS).
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) today launched scheduled operations with the new Bombardier C Series aircraft when it departed from Zurich on flight LX 638 to Paris. The new short- and medium-haul transport, which has also been dubbed the “whisperjet” for its low noise emissions, left Zurich shortly after noon for the Paris airport.
Before the aircraft’s delivery, flight crew at Swiss received the appropriate training to conduct RNP APCH (required navigation performance approach) to LPV minima.
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LPV- 200 enables aircraft approach procedures that are operationally equivalent to CAT I instrument landing system (ILS) procedures without the need of any navigation ground infrastructure at the airport.
This allows for lateral and angular vertical guidance during the Final Approach Segment (FAS) without requiring visual contact with the ground until a Decision Height (DH) down to only 200 feet above the runway (LPV minima as low as 200 feet).
“ESSP is proud that SWISS chose the EGNOS based approach for its CS100 maiden flight, and is happy to welcome the airline to the list of European operators which are currently benefiting from EGNOS in their daily operations,” said Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO.
“The accuracy and stability of the LPV guidance is impressive, as completely independent from ground installations. Lowering the LPV minima down to 200ft in Europe is a great improvement and very valuable. The approach procedure is straight and simple, and there is no necessary changeover regarding the FGS with respect to conventional approach aids” confirmed Peter Koch, chief of the Bombardier C Series fleet at SWISS.