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Learning by doing - workshops on the Balkans (objective 2)

The second specific objective of the CaBilAvi Project is to increase the existing capacity available on the CAA and ANSP side to implement PBN and EGNOS. Learning by doing was the key underlying thought of WP10, 11 and 12, which provided capacity building through workshops and working groups in order to enable the required pre-operational actions. This capacity building was aimed at three Balkan States (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro) which are European countries currently benefiting from EGNOS, but not EU members.

The activities undertaken in WP10, 11 and 12 aimed at supporting these countries through the set-up of several events to understand the pre-operational actions to be undertaken by their relevant stakeholders in support to EGNSS adoption, EGNOS in particular.

The working groups have been managed by Pildo Labs and guided the participant States towards the understanding and national scenario accommodation of the generic guidance material in support to LPV procedures implementation. The capacity building was composed of:

  • EGNOS and PBN implementation workshop held in Barcelona, April 2015. It was the kick-off meeting with the participant States of the national activities undertaken during the project
  •  Procedure design working group held in Podgorica, September 2015. Procedure design issues were presented to the national design experts.
  • Safety Case and Business Case working group held in Mostar, June 2016. Safety Assessment and Business Case activities were introduced to the national attendees.
  • Final Outputs working group held in Mostar, September 2017. Presentation of the final results for each scenario.

In addition to the workshops and working groups, the second specific objective included carrying out all the necessary actions towards operational implementation, i.e. procedure design, safety assessment and business case, among others.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina, a LPV procedure with 21º offset has been designed and ground validated at Mostar airport. The results of the activity were discussed and agreed with the National Authorities. A Safety Assessment has also been developed for the new procedure as well as a business case quantifying the costs and benefits of this implementation.

In a similar way, a LPV procedure with 5º offset have been designed and ground validated at Nis Airport, Serbia. The activities included the generation of a Safety Assessment and a Business Case.

A LP procedure has been designed and ground validated at Tivat Airport, Montenegro, together with the corresponding Safety Assessment and Business Case.

All the results were accordingly presented to the National Authorities and they showed their satisfaction with the outcomes of the Project. At the very beginning, it was a project aiming to provide capacity building and pre-operational implementation actions to the participant States, but thanks to their involvement and commitment to the Project, Pildo Labs went one step further and developed three complete scenarios ready for implementation. The Balkan States are working on the final steps of the implementation process in order to have the procedures in place as soon as possible.