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Antwerp airport to use satellite data for landings

Belgium: Belgocontrol, a Belgian company in charge of the safety of air traffic in the civil airspace, will implement a new procedure for the arrival of planes at Antwerp airport from December 2015. According to officials, planes will land following satellite data instead of ground installation data. Planes traditionally follow signals from ground radio beacons. However, the use of satellite data in a Required Navigation Performance Approach was tested in early July. The test proved to be a success, stated a spokesperson from Belgocontrol. One of the advantages of the satellite data technique is that planes can use landing strips not equipped with Instrument Landing System installation when visibility is reduced.

Source: Brussels times