Sat-based tech to tackle capacity crunch


AIRPORTS / EUROPE | 14/02/2017

Key aviation stakeholders gathered late last week at the European Parliament to discuss ways to tackle the airspace and airport capacity crunch in Europe, at the occasion of EBAA’s annual debate.

Panellists, from the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European GNNS Agency (GSA) and the business aviation operators community stressed the urgent need to foster the development of satellite-based solutions.

According to an EBAA-released statement, some encouraging progress with respect to the implementation of GNSS applications were made by the panellists, including the deployment of 424 existing EGNOS-based procedures – out of target of 800 – at 288 European airports. Panellists applauded the publication of the Commission’s Space Strategy, calling for maximising the benefits of space for society and the EU economy.

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Panellists also urged action to support the deployment of GNSS applications, and participants acknowledged the willingness of the European Parliament in this regard. “As a concrete action to foster full deployment of GNSS applications, ADS-B and EGNOS requirements for all aircraft could be introduced as from 2018 in the Annex II – Essential requirements for airworthiness of the EASA Basic Regulation,” said MEP MJ Marinescu.

EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba called for “an overall CNS Strategy (Navigation, Com, Surveillance), which includes a revision of the Single European Sky technical mandates.”

“EBAA is willing to pursue its cooperation with the GSA established under an MoU signed in 2014,” added Gamba. EBAA also reiterated its invitation to the Commission to publish a specific communication to foster the deployment of GNSS applications for aviation.