EGNOS approaches operating in UK
Europe now has its first scheduled passenger service using EGNOS - in daily flights by Aurigny Air Services out of Alderney.
On 20 December, The UK CAA Flight Operations Department issued the Operational Approval for Aurigny Air Services to undertake Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) operations using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).
And on 21 December, Aurigny received the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Britten Norman BN2 Trislander aircraft from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - the last piece of the Jigsaw to allow EGNOS approaches.
So Europe now has its first scheduled passenger service using EGNOS in its daily schedules. Aurigny currently have 2 equipped aircraft - sufficient to operate their Winter schedules - and will equip their entire fleet with the new Garmin GTN750, which has recently been approved by EASA, over the coming months, in time to meet the demands of their summer schedule.
Aurigny’s major route is between Alderney and Southampton - and the Southampton LPV procedures are already designed and will be validated in late January for promulgation into service from April.
In addition, EASA has issued the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Beech 76 Duchess operated by Professional Air Training (PAT), based in Bournemouth. PAT, as their name suggests, specialise in training the next generation of commercial pilots and are already offering LPV as part of their training portfolio.
Both Aurigny and UK's NATS received funding from EUROCONTROL and the European Commission to undertake this pilot project to introduce EGNOS approaches.
The NATS Project Manager comments 'EGNOS technology is a significant step towards equipping airfields to operate safely in inclement conditions. It’s a cost-effective solution for smaller airfields that need the accuracy and reliability of an instrument landing system. Not only does EGNOS improve the regularity of flight services, it also offers reductions in both pilot and controller workload.'
Aurigny Air Services Flight Operations Director adds 'Unlike Guernsey, Jersey and many other European airports, Alderney is too small to justify the cost of an Instrument Landing System. EGNOS will therefore be of a huge benefit to our Alderney operations and we are delighted to have led the way in testing it for Alderney and other small European airfields.'
Alerted by David Cockburn FRIN
More details from the NATS link below.