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Italian airport embraces EGNOS services

Italy: Milan Linate airport has become the first in Italy to provide satellite-based EGNOS navigation services to all operators at no cost. Other Italian airports are scheduled to soon follow the suit in 2013 in line with Italy’s national Performance Based Navigation implementation plan.

EGNOS approach procedures offer enhanced vertical guidance improving safety, accessibility and efficiency to operators, pilots and airports and also provide a cost effective alternative to ILS CAT I as they offer similar performance without the need for infrastructure installation and maintenance.

ESSP president Dirk Werquin and ENAV CEO Massimo Garbini, officially signed an EGNOS working agreement earlier this year as the first step for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures at Italian airports.

ESSP was established in 2009 by the air navigation services providers from France (DGAC/DSNA), Germany (DFS), Italy (ENAV)), Portugal (NAV-P), Spain (Aena), Switzerland (skyguide) and UK (NATS) to act as service provider for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. The EC owns the EGNOS system and manages the EGNOS programme.

“The use of EGNOS for LPV approach procedures is already a reality in Europe,” Werquin said, “and we, as the EGNOS service provider, are proud that Italy has also start to benefit from the EGNOS service, as done in other European countries as France, Switzerland, Germany and the state of Guernsey.”

Source: Air Traffic Management