Satellite service makes air travel even safer

Published: 7 March 2011 y., Monday


EGNOS-for-aviation, a satellite navigation service launched on 2 March 2011, will increase flight safety, reduce delays and open up new destinations.GPS alone is accurate to within several metres. But used with EGNOS, the EU's free satellite navigation service over Europe, GPS becomes accurate to within one metre.

Since it was made publicly available in October 2009, EGNOS has been tested and certified for use by the aviation industry. Pilots can now use its safety-of-life service, especially helpful during landing, when they need to know their precise location in relation to the runway.

EGNOS has many other benefits, besides improving safety.

Fewer delays

Pilots will find it easier to take off and land in poor weather, when visibility is low. That will mean fewer cancellations, delays and diversions to other airports, helping airlines to save money and keeping travellers on schedule.

Cuts costs, greenhouse gases and noise

With EGNOS, pilots can fly shorter, more efficient routes and landing approaches, saving on fuel and cutting CO2 emissions. Planes can also begin descents closer to the runway, limiting noise pollution in neighbouring areas.

Spain-based Air Nostrum estimates that using EGNOS across its fleet will lead to fuel savings of about €6.3m over 10 years. And shorter landing approaches mean airports can schedule more flights and boost revenues.

Other benefits

Other modes of transport, emergency services and law enforcement can also benefit from the increased accuracy. For example, Italy's coast guard has tested EGNOS in its maritime search and rescue helicopters.

EGNOS is run by the Commission on behalf of the EU, which is also developing Galileo, a global satellite navigation system like US-owned GPS. Galileo will operate together with EGNOS, to make Europe's wholly self-reliant in satellite navigation.

Copying, publishing, announcing any information from the portal without written permission of editorial office is prohibited.

Facebook Comments

New comment





Associated articles

The most popular articles

Related videos


Padėkime augti

EU continues support for victims of landmines

Every year 10 000 people lose their lives due to landmines. more »

Nuclear disaster cartoon goes viral

Frustrated by the technical explanation of the nuclear crisis in Japan, artist Hachiya Kazuhiko creates cartoon character "Nuclear Boy" for clarification. more »

Chopin death photo possibly uncovered

A Polish collector discovers a photo believed to be of Frederic Chopin taken just after his death in 1849. more »

Satellite service makes air travel even safer (36682)

EGNOS-for-aviation, a satellite navigation service launched on 2 March 2011, will increase flight safety, reduce delays and open up new destinations. more »

Time capsules in Christchurch rubble

Worker finds two time capsules amid earthquake rubble in Christchurch as search and rescue teams continue to comb through debris from the New Zealand earthquake. more »

Running against time

A group of elderly men in Brazil have taken up running as they race disease and old age. more »

Cabbies strike a pose to distress

"Taxi Yoga," a new exercise class for taxi drivers, helps stretch away the stress of driving a cab in New York City. more »

Circus lions head for safe haven

Twenty-five rescued circus lions leave Bolivia for a new life at a U.S. animal sanctuary. more »

Valentine’s roses head to the USA

Colombian flower growers prepare rose exports for Valentine's Day and hope to reap profits despite a strengthening peso. more »

Anti-bullfighting protest in Mexico

Mexican animal rights activists coat their bodies in fake blood to protest bullfighting. more »