Airspace Q1 2019 – Enhancing understanding of GNSS


Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is the key enabler for performance-based navigation (PBN).

The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP-SAS), the satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) ANSP certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has in-depth knowledge of GNSS and the provision of navigation services.

ESSP delivers consultancy services, including capacity building, to develop GNSS and PBN skills in ANSPs, civil aviation authorities (CAA) and airport operators. This enhances their response to the highly demanding operational and regulatory challenges in aviation.

The BEYOND project is an example of this. From 2015 to 2017, the ESSP led a consortium of more than 15 countries in the European Western Balkans and Euro-Med area. Thanks to this project the participating ANSPs have acquired the necessary capabilities to tackle their first implementations of PBN approach procedures. Following this, the CAAs are ready to build a country-wide PBN strategy based on GNSS.

The ESSP regularly provides customised PBN and GNSS training courses worldwide. IDAC (Dominican Republic ANSP), ASECNA and JPO (Joint Programme Office for African adoption and development of Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems) are recent participants.

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