GSA and Eurocontrol cooperation
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and Eurocontrol plan to enhance aviation safety and management through EGNOS and Galileo.
Eurocontrol and the GSA explain that they share the objective of developing and exploiting European GNSS technology to improve accessibility, efficiency and safety to European operators, pilots and airports.
GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides, explains:
'The full deployment of GNSS offers unprecedented opportunities to further improve air traffic management safety and capacity while reducing costs at a pan-European level. Eurocontrol’s activities in this field will complement those of the GSA to ensure that the development and implementation of satellite-based navigation provides an optimal solution for European airspace users.'
DG Eurocontrol, Frank Brenner, adds:
'The aim of the agreement is to jointly contribute to the implementation of European Union GNSS policies as they apply to the field of aviation. Eurocontrol and the GSA share a common objective - the secure and safe implementation of European satellite navigation policies in the aviation sector. The enhanced cooperation between our two organisations means that Eurocontrol will now bring its unequalled capacity to understand, coordinate and represent the needs of the civil and military airspace users to the promotion and development of GNSS.'
The cooperation agreement, signed on 15 September 2014, focuses on a range of activities, including:
- Definition of aviation user requirements for EGNOS and Galileo
- Introduction of European GNSS services for aviation within the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area
- Coordination in aviation research and development
- Aviation-specific GNSS performance monitoring
- Promotion of European GNSS aviation activities at the international level
Details from the GSA below . .