Representatives of air navigation service providers of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have gathered in Madrid with European Satellite Service Provider (ESSP), under the aegis of MEDUSA project (funded by DG DEVCO and supported by the Galileo team of DG ENTR) for a technical workshop on the operational adoption of EGNOS-based landing procedures.
Navigation Service is increasingly attracting the interest of the civil aviation community on the southern side of Mediterranean, as a mean to implement safer and cost-effective air navigation services, in line with forward looking recommendations by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).
The three North African countries reaffirmed their will to proceed with further steps to be able to start adopting EGNOS in the near future. (picture © Medusa).
EGNOS is owned by the European Commission and was launched in 2009 to be part of the Galileo global satellite navigation system. The European Space Agency designed EGNOS under a delegation agreement with the Commission. EGNOS is the first pan-European satellite navigation system. Similar services are provided in North America by the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), in Japan by the Multifunctional Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS) and in India by the GAGAN System. Other similar Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) are under study or development in other regions of the world.
ESSP SAS: founded in 2009 by the Air navigation services providers from France (DGAC/DSNA), Germany (DFS), Italy (ENAV)), Portugal (NAV-P), Spain (Aena), Switzerland (skyguide) and UK (NATS) to act as service Provider for the EGNOS system, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.