Croatia Airlines - Croatia Airlines will use EGNOS for LPV approaches

Croatia Airlines will use EGNOS for LPV approaches


On 1st November 2017 Croatia Airlines started with a project aimed at upgrading DASH Q400 fleet for LPV capability. The project named “Croatia Airlines Joining EGNOS Family” is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.

The goal of the project is to upgrade six turboprop regional DASH Q400 aircraft with equipment capable of using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) and GALILEO satellite network. 

Currently used equipment based on GPS/GLONASS receiver will be replaced with SBAS capable Flight Management System, which will grant RNP Approach capability down to the (LPV) localizer precision approach with vertical guidance minima. 

Daily operation of Croatia Airlines is based on airports already active in RNP approach implementation, including LPV approaches, and the company intends to follow this modern global navigational trend. Furthermore, the number of RNP/LPV approaches available increases on airports of our potential interest.

The benefits of the project are numerous. The technical characteristics of our turboprop aircraft will be enhanced and  after the implementation of the new equipment, we will start with additional crew training for new procedures and implementation of the new LPV availability in everyday operations. We expect to achieve  less fuel consumption, less CO, NOx emission, as well as better time in air/distance ratio. 

After completing the project in 2019, we will establish a more robust and safer operation for our customers, while becoming a more efficient and eco-friendly airline on the European sky at the same time.


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