Croatia Airlines - Croatia Airlines will use EGNOS for LPV approaches

Croatia Airlines will use EGNOS for LPV approaches



Croatia Airlines successfully completed the project of installing EGNOS equipment on its Dash Q400 aircraft

The end of 2017 saw the beginning of a project – modernising Croatia Airlines’ Dash Q400 fleet, aiming to enable its aircraft to use the satellite signal of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and to facilitate landing using the Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach procedure. The LPV approach is a satellite-guided precision landing approach which is completely identical to the conventional Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach, but requires state-of-the-art aircraft equipment capable of simultaneously using the GPS and the EGNOS satellite signal.

Davor Mišić, DASH-8 Q400 Chief Pilot:
– From a pilot’s point of view, the LPV approach has proven to be a very reliable and safe new approach procedure that’s very likely to, by using advanced technology, replace conventional landing approaches in the near future. The advantages of using the LPV approach in current operations are evident primarily at airports that have been unable to guide aircraft to precision land, particularly when needing to deal with complex meteorological conditions.

This modernisation project was planned and developed by Croatia Airlines, and its execution involved collaboration between all company sectors, with particular emphasis on the technical sector, which executed this demanding modification independently. The quality of the project, valued at approximately HRK 5 million, was also recognised by the European Commission, and was completed with the help of and co-financed through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, and with the assistance of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), which approved co-financing the project with 85% of the funds planned for the project.

In December 2019, the project was successfully completed. The new equipment facilitates an exceedingly high degree of navigation precision, and so its use during pilot operations will further increase the safety of flight operations. Croatia Airlines’ Dash fleet flies daily to and from airports most of which have already implemented new satellite-guided approach procedures, such as the LPV. Croatia Airlines is one of the first companies to have introduced such a new approach procedure, proving that, with this project, the company’s been following the latest trends. In addition to improving navigation precision and increasing operation safety, the company’s also expecting to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


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