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EBAA Annual Debate Talks GNSS

By S.L. Fuller | February 10, 2017

GNSS20PicAviation stakeholders met at the European Parliament during EBAA’s annual debate on Feb. 9. The main topic up for discussion was airspace and airport capacity in Europe, EBAA says. One solution discussed was to develop satellite-based systems.

“An overall [communication, navigation, surveillance] strategy, which includes a revision of the Single European Sky technical mandates,” offers Fabio Gamba, EBAA CEO, as a solution. “EBAA is willing to pursue its cooperation with the GSA established under a [memorandum of understanding] signed in 2014.”

EBAA has also invited the Commission to publish a document, encouraging the deployment of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) applications for aviation.

At the gathering, panelists deployed 424 existing European geostationary navigation overlay service (EGNOS)-based procedures out of a target of 800, at 288 European airports. They also urged action to support the deployment of GNSS applications, of which the European Parliament is in favor.

“As a concrete action to foster full deployment of GNSS applications, [automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast] 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,” says parliament member MJ Marinescu.

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