In the newspaper ABC (Sevilla), Luis M. Ontoso reports how the EGNOS technology, recently adopted in Spain by the AENA, will significantly improve the possibilities of Air Transport.
Santander the first of the Spanish Airports to use EGNOS
"Imagine a future with no delayed flights.
That future is closer for Spain airport in Santander.
Last Wednesday 13th February, the Spanish Air Navigation Service Provider (AENA) signed an EGNOS Working Agreement with the EGNOS Service Provider (ESSP) to enable the publication of approach procedures based on EGNOS.
This will allow Santander airport to host planes in a more flexible and efficient manner which will imply lower costs.
This is the beginning of the Spanish initiative to use EGNOS at the airports.".
EGNOS is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that complements the GPS system.
It is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation and a major stepping-stone towards Galileo, Europe's own global satellite navigation system for the future.
AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) is the Spanish public body that owns and operates the majority of airports in Spain, and is responsible for Air Traffic Control throughout Spain.
ESSP has for mission the provision of the EGNOS Open Service (OS) and Safety of Life (SoL) Service compliant with ICAO SBAS standards and recommended practices throughout the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Region.