The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is funding 14 projects to encourage the implementation of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) based operations and localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV)-200 procedures at the continent’s regional airports.

The projects will involve the design, development and operational implementation of EGNOS-based operations, including LPV-200 procedures, at several European airports, heliports and aerodromes.

With funding starting between July and August, the selected projects fall under GSA’s 2015 Aviation Call for Grants GSA / EEX.0030 / 2015.

The 2015 Aviation Call intends to support the development and deployment of global positioning system (GPS) / EGNOS-enabled avionics, as well as grant airworthiness certification for required navigation performance approach (RNP APCH) procedures.

"These grants will ensure more European airports and more European operators are able to take full advantage of EGNOS procedures."

The call also aims to obtain the approval of air operator certificates (AOCs) for the LPV operations of aeroplanes that are already implemented with satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) capabilities.

GSA Market Development head GG Calini said: “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.”

The total budget for the 2015 Aviation Call for Grants was €6m.

It is expected to provide 40 LPV procedures at 18 airports, 15 point-in-space (PinS) LPV procedures, 44 retrofitted aeroplanes, four avionics solutions (STC), three flight simulator-type upgrades, two RNP 0.3 routes, and EGNOS navigation and surveillance sensors for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) applications.


Image: The funded projects are expected to carry out the design, development and operational implementation of EGNOS-based operations that include LPV-200 procedures. Photo: courtesy of European GSA.