Vice-President Tajani will brief journalists in London between 5 and 6 p.m. at the Representation of the European Commission, 32 Smith square, SW1P 3EU.
Since its launch in October 2009, EGNOS has been available for open applications such as personal navigation and precision farming. Following a certification and verification process, the system is now authorised for use in aviation. The EGNOS Safety-of-Life service can provide the following advantages:
Increased aviation safety: EGNOS allows for precision approaches which significantly reduces safety risks, especially in poor weather conditions.
Lower operating costs: The EGNOS signal is provided free of charge and only requires a receiver aboard the aircraft. No ground infrastructure is required.
Lower CO2emissions: EGNOS allows for more efficient plotting of flight routes and approaches resulting in a decrease in carbon emissions.
Less delays, diversions and cancellations: EGNOS allows lower aircraft separation distances during poor meteorological conditions, meaning fewer delays, diversions and cancellations of flights.
Less noise pollution: The optimised flight routes and 'curved approach' procedures made possible by EGNOS allow planes to commence their descent closer to the runway, limiting noise to the area near airports.
Increased capacity for smaller airports: The vertical guidance offered by the system means planes are able to land in restricted visibility conditions, increasing the capacity of airports, especially small and medium-sized airports that cannot afford the more expensive alternative technologies.
In order for the EGNOS Safety-of-Life service to be used, aircrafts need to be equipped with an EGNOS-enabled receiver and airports must have EGNOS-specific approach procedures for their runways.
A broadcast quality videoclip is available from the London Press Office.
EGNOS – the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service - is made up of transponders aboard three geostationary satellites and an interconnected ground network of 40 positioning stations and four control centres. The EGNOS coverage area includes most European states but will be further extended.
For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
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