Safety-of-Life Service for Aviation
On 2 March 2011, the European Commission launched the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service for aviation.
The system enables precision approaches, rendering air navigation safer. It also helps reducing delays, diversions and cancellation of flights. The EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service also allows airports to increase their capacity and to cut operating costs. Last, it contributes to CO2 emissions reduction in the sector.
- Read the press release: New European satellite navigation service increases aviation safety
- EGNOS Service Definition Document - Safety of Life Service v2.0 [5 MB]
EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service - How does it work?
The process is explained in our short video:
EGNOS Safety-of-Life test flight
Pau airport (France) - March 2011
The EGNOS Safety-of-Life (SoL) Service will render air navigation in Europe safer. Many small and medium-sized airports cannot afford to invest in ground-based navigation aids such as ILS. By using the EGNOS SoL Service, those airports will be able to make landing much safer than before. They only need to invest in the writing of EGNOS-specific approach procedures and the aircrafts must be equipped with an SBAS-enabled receiver. For big airports that are equipped with ground-based navigation aids, the EGNOS SoL Service is a reliable back-up in case of failure of those ground-based systems.
Next to the key benefit of increased safety for passengers and crews, the EGNOS SoL Service also benefits airlines thanks to less delays, diversions and cancellations of flights due to bad weather. The EGNOS SoL Service also benefits airports by increasing their capacity and allowing saving costs compared to ground-based navigation aids.
Last but not least, the EGNOS SoL Service allows to lower the environmental impact of air traffic by allowing curved approached, leading to lower fuel consumption and reduced noise levels for people living in the neighbourhood of airports.