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CaBilAvi target countries shine at Eurocontrol meeting

RAiSG coordinates the activities necessary for the implementation of RNAV GNSS Approach procedures. It concentrates on the final approach segment but also addresses the transition from initial and intermediate approach segments where appropriate.

The support group covers all issues necessary for the operational implementation of RNAV Approaches, with a strong coverage of LPV (EGNOS enabled) approaches.

The presentations during the first day clearly indicated that the CaBilAvi target countries are moving very quickly in implementing EGNSO procedures. The first relevant presentation concerned the EGNOS implementation plans in the Czech Republic. Tomas Duka from the Czech ANSP gave an overview of the 5 airfield where EGNOS procedures are implemented or will be implemented in 2015 : LKTB, LKMT, LKKV, LKVO and LKKU. The example of Karlovy Vary was explained, where LPV gives considerable lower minima than LNAV/VNAV (OCH about 600 ft lower), but he also highlighted a need for awareness.

Secondly, the situation in Poland was discussed. After a long period of hestiation on the side of the regulator wether GNSS based procedures would be accepted, finally in Nov 2014 the first LPV procedure was published in Katowice. The regulator decided that GNSS approaches are allowed when the GNSS signal is augmented (=EGNOS). This decision is a major breakthrough in one of the largest countries of the EU, and does certainly bear a huge potential in acceleration adoption. In 2015 and 2016, 28 new LPV procedures will be implemented and PANSA (the Polish ANSP) installed their own monitoring network, reporting 0 intergrity incidents in the 5 measuring stations in 2013.

Then ENAIRE, the Spanish ANSP, took the floor. Similar to the Polish situation, the Spanish regulator had kept a very conservative approach to the use of GNSS signals for approaches. Here also, in 2013 a major cap was passed as the first procedure got published in Santader, which has since then been used mainly for military and private flights, with very little commercial flights using it. In Spain, the LPV is published on a seperate sheet from the LNAV and LNAV/VNAV approaches.

The Slovak ANSP, LPS, then presented the plans for LPV implementation in Slovakia. The first implementation was done under the ACCEPTA project, and will allow the use of the procedure starting Feb 2015 in Bratislava and Kosice. Then, LPS participated in the next round of grants organised by the GSA for procedure implementation. The LPS specifically thanked the GSA and other stakeholders and stressed the importance of their co-funding scheme. 

Lastly, the GSA gave an overview of the co-funding schemes they put in place over the last few years, with ACCEPTA under FP7 and then the co-funding scheme as a direct grant from the agency.

Conclusion

An important conclusion is that the 4 countries participating in CaBilAvi all report significant progress on the regulatry and institutional side. They stress the importance of co-funding schemes and call for awareness building towards the operators and pilots. It seems CaBilAvi can play an important role in the awareness building, as well as attracting many more operators and airports to apply for the new GSA co-funding scheme that was announced also during the meeting. The precise details of the new scheme will be published in the GSA website in June.