GSA selects latest EGNOS funded projects

projectsEuropean GNSS Agency GSA is to fund 14 projects to help foster the implementation of EGNOS-based operations and LPV-200 procedures at European airports as part of its 2015 Aviation Call for Grants.
The funded projects are expected to foster the design, development and operational implementation of EGNOS-based operations, including LPV-200 procedures. The selected projects come within the GSA’s 2015 Aviation Call for Grants with funding to start from July and August.
The funded projects are expected to foster the design, development and operational implementation of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)-based operations, including LPV-200 (localiser performance with vertical guidance) procedures, at different European aerodromes, with an emphasis on the regional airports and heliports that general and business aviation operators depend upon.
In addition, the call also aims to support the development and installation of GPS/EGNOS-enabled avionics and grant airworthiness certification for required navigation performance approach (RNP APCH) procedures down to LPV minima and point in space (PinS), and to achieve the approval of Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) for LPV operations of aircraft already equipped with satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) capabilities.
Specifically, the following results are expected:
40 LPV procedures at 18 airports
2 LPV-200 procedures at Italy’s Trento Airport
15 PinS LPV procedures
2 RNP 0.3 routes
44 aircraft retrofitted by 9 operators
4 avionics solutions (STC) development
3 flight simulator-type upgrades
EGNOS navigation and surveillance sensors for RPAS applications.
“These grants will ensure more European airports and more European operators are able to take full advantage of EGNOS procedures, meaning increased safety and more accessibility for everyone,” said GSA head of market development GG Calini.
The total budget for the second call was €6 million.
Meanwhile, the 13 projects selected as part of the first call are all currently at various stages of implementation, with some already taking positive steps towards enabling EGNOS operations, particularly as they relate to regional aviation.
Among these initial achievements is an upgrade of three simulators, with one having recently entered the market and the second to follow in the coming months. Another project is well on its way to successfully retrofitting a regional aircraft, making it to be another ‘ready to fly’ with EGNOS in 2017.
Overall, the first call is on course to publish up “first package “of 15 EGNOS procedures by the end of 2016.
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