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New European sat nav service increases aviation safety
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Published on 02-03-11

The European Commission launched the EGNOS “Safety-of-Life” service for aviation. EGNOS is a satellite-based augmentation system which improves the accuracy of GPS signals across Europe and is the precursor of Galileo, the global satellite navigation system being developed by the European Union. It enables precision approaches and renders air navigation safer. It also helps to reduce delays, diversions and cancellations of flights. In addition the free-to-use technology allows airports to increase their overall capacity and cut operating costs. EGNOS also enables the planning of shorter, more fuel efficient routes which will reduce the CO2 emissions of the industry.

    EGNOS was launched in October 2009 and has since then been available for open applications such as personal navigation and precision farming. Following a certification and verification process, the system is from now authorised also for use in aviation.


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