SHERPA Final Review Meeting

The SHERPA final review meeting, last milestone of the project, was successfully held on the 13th November 2013 at European GNSS Agency (GSA) premises in Prague (Czech Republic). This meeting is formally the technical closeout of the project which officially ends on 15th November 2013.

The Final review meeting was focused on presenting and assessing the project achievements and outcomes, ensuring the completion of the activities and committed deliverables of the Grant Agreement and deriving lessons learnt and recommendations to be applied for future similar initiatives.

Representatives from all the partners of the consortium (European Satellite Services Provider, Pildo Labs, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Silesian University of Technology, Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority, General Directorate of State Airports Authority, Estonian Air Navigation Services and Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority) attended the meeting and participated actively by presenting its motivation to joint SHERPA, work performed, experience and lessons learnt, mapping of EGNOS within each PBN national strategy and future actions on EGNOS. The usefulness and added value of the project in terms of cooperation, network links and guidance received was positively emphasized by all the partners and GSA.

Ms. Carmen Aguilera (GSA project officer) and Mr. Hans de With (GSA external reviewer) expressed their satisfaction for the achievement of the objectives of SHERPA and declared this review successful.

ESSP, the SHERPA Project coordinator, wants to thank the involvement, interest and effort dedicated by all the partners during the execution of the project.

SHERPA has impacted in terms of public benefits owing to the contribution to increase the safety of air operations, rationalize the costs related to navigation infrastructure, improving the existing Air Navigation capacities and the contribution to knowledge sharing and cooperation between different multi-national enterprises in support to the implementation of EGNOS at regional level.

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SHERPA Final Meeting

The SHERPA consortium is please to inform that the SHERPA Final Meeting with GSA will be held in Prague (at GSA premises) on Wednesday 13th November 2013.

The official project ending date is 15th November 2013.

SHERPA “Final User Forum” in Dubrovnik

The SHERPA “Final user Forum” was held on the 16th and 17th October 2013 in Dubrovnik (Croatia) being organized by the SHERPA project team and the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

The SHERPA project raised high interest and triggered useful interactions with different Eastern European GNSS stakeholders concerning the EGNOS adoption and the implementation of EGNOS based operations (in particular LPVs). 

The SHERPA “Final user Forum” was conceived as a means to give answer to the set of identified needs/doubts/interests collected along the project lifetime by:

  • presenting the methodology, lessons learned and main outcomes/achievements of the project;
  • sharing the real experience of ANSPs concerning EGNOS implementation activities at national level (the five Eastern European ANSPs participating in SHERPA and other two, from Spain and Croatia, as expert and new comer respectively on this topic);
  • providing the updated view about the EGNOS system, steps to follow in EGNOS adoption and the existing initiatives towards the EGNOS implementation.

 

More than 40 attendees participated in this event including representatives of GSA, SHERPA consortium members, Eurocontrol, industry, airports of Pristina, Pula and Dubrovnik, Civil Aviation Authorities from Estonia, Croatia and Montenegro and ANSPs from Spain, Portugal, Austria, Montenegro, Ukraine and Croatia.

The event gave the opportunity to all the attendees to better understand and boost the needed activities for EGNOS adoption and implementation at national level, to obtain guidance material and references on these topics and catalyze the coordination with other European GNSS stakeholders. The SHERPA Final User Forum understood as a means to accelerate the associated EGNOS processes in a regional coordinated basis was a complete success.

To remark the specific session held concerning the future LPV implementation at Dubrovnik Airport for 2014. The associated technical details, the expected benefits this operation will bring and the implementation roadmap were explained by CroControl (Croatian ANSP) and Dubrovnik Airport representatives followed by a fruitful discussion on procedure design.

ESSP SAS, as SHERPA project coordinator, wants to stress and thank the support and hospitality received by Dubrovnik airport representatives which was essential for the event success and achievement of the event´s goals. Specially thanks also to the contribution received from key EGNOS stakeholders as GSA, Eurocontrol and Aena which provided a great added value and expertise to the event.

SHERPA project provides elements to the participant States in mapping the implementation of EGNOS into their national PBN strategy in a coordinated manner with their national Regulatory Authorities. SHERPA aims to support Eastern countries to understand the pre-operational actions to be undertaken by their relevant stakeholders (ANSPs, regulators and airlines) in support to EGNOS adoption. 

More details can be found at SHERPA project website http://sherpa.essp-sas.eu/.

SHERPA Final User Forum

ESSP SAS (European Satellite Services Provider), as SHERPA project coordinator, formally announces the celebration of the project Final User Forum in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on Wednesday 16th October 2013, organized in close coordination with GSA (European GNSS Agency).

SHERPA Final User Forum will be focused on presenting the main outcomes and achievements of the project and sharing the real experience of the five Eastern European ANSPs participating in SHERPA concerning the EGNOS implementation activities at national level. External contributors from some of the main EGNOS stakeholders and decision makers in Europe will also support the event allowing the attendees to obtain a whole picture about the needs, interests, constraints, steps and plans regarding the EGNOS adoption in the region.

From its origins, SHERPA Final User Forum is conceived as a catalyst to better understand the regional aviation market specificities and to establish coordination with the most important Eastern European GNSS stakeholders, boosting the needed activities for EGNOS implementation and accelerating the corresponding processes in a regional coordinated basis.

The attendees will also benefit from a second optional day of event, Thursday 17th October 2013, when complementary activities (e.g. visit to Dubrovnik airport premises where an LPV approach will be implemented in the near future) will be performed.

Further details about agenda and venue of the meeting, suggestions for accommodation and other logistic issues will be distributed and uploaded to the SHERPA project website (http://sherpa.essp-sas.eu/) in the coming days.

ESSP kindly asks for your early Registration to the event, indicating your participation for one or both days. A social event is being planned for Wednesday 16th October in the evening. Please indicate in your Registration if you wish to participate.

Registration and information at:

carlos-joaquin.hernando@external.essp-sas.eu

SHERPA “EGNOS Services provision” Workshop in Prague

The fifth SHERPA Workshop regarding “EGNOS Service Provision” was held on the 02nd July 2013 at European GNSS Agency (GSA) premises in Prague (Czech Republic).

The main topics tackled during this technical Workshop were:

  • The different EGNOS implementation strategies in the frame of PBN within Europe and the lessons learnt from one pioneer ANSP in this subject, as it is the case of Aena;
  • The overview of the current EGNOS Service provision regulatory framework;
  • The EGNOS Service provision scheme;
  • EASA´s role within EGNOS
  • The activities, services, interfaces and user support tools done and provided by ESSP as part of the EGNOS service provider missions
  • The feedback from the SHERPA consortium concerning the implementation of EGNOS based procedures and PBN strategies. A round table dealing with the main  lessons learnt and difficulties found were discussed during a round table session;

More than 40 attendees participated in this event including representatives of GSA, SHERPA consortium members, EASA, AustroControl (Austrian ANSP), CroControl (Croatian ANSP), Dubrovnik airport and EEGS-2 project consortium.

This event brought the opportunity to all the attendees to participate in the “EGNOS Service Provision Workshop 2013” organized by ESSP on the 3rd and 4th July 2013 in the Czech Ministry of Transport premises. The first day was mainly focused on the EGNOS services status, foreseen evolutions, EGNOS performances in 2012 and on the introduction of EGNOS in aviation. The second day dealt more with multimodal applications based on EGNOS with the support from the GSA.

ESSP, as SHERPA project coordinator, wants to stress the support and hospitality received by GSA in terms of organizational issues which were essential for the success and achievement of the Workshop goals. To thank the contribution received from key EGNOS stakeholders as EASA, Eurocontrol and Aena which provided a great added value and expertise to the event.

EGNOS Service Provision workshop

ESSP SAS (European Satellite Services Provider), as SHERPA project coordinator, formally announces the celebration of the next project Workshop regarding “EGNOS Service Provision” that will take place at GSA (European GNSS Agency) premises in Prague (Czech Republic) on the 2nd July 2013.

This is the last planned Workshop within SHERPA and the main topics to  be handled are:

  • EGNOS based operations status in Europe;
  • EGNOS service provision scheme;
  • EGNOS Implementation strategies within state’s PBN Implementation Plans;
  • Share all partners’ lessons learnt with LPV implementation related tasks in the selected scenarios;
  • Identification of difficulties and proposed solutions and way forward;

The attendees will benefit from the fact that this event has been coupled in time and place with the 2-days “EGNOS Service Provision Workshop 2013” organized by ESSP , which is planned for 3rd and 4th July 2013 at GSA Headquarters in Prague. The main topics to be addressed during this Workshop are:

  • EGNOS services status;
  • EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) service for aviation;
  • EGNOS Open service and EDAS;
  • Summary of successful EGNOS implementation stories in European Aviation;
  • New GNSS regulation;
  • EDAS User Forum;
  • EGNOS in multimodal domains;

More details of the “EGNOS Service Provision Workshop 2013” can be found at ESSP website http://www.essp-sas.eu/

About SHERPA

SHERPA is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme through the European GNSS Agency (GSA), that proposes, aligned with ICAO and Eurocontrol recommendations, an approach in support to the implementation of APV procedures, by undertaking pre-operational actions at local Stakeholders level in a coordinated manner, and to map the implementation of EGNOS into the States PBN strategy.

 

SHERPA Management Meeting #2

The second management meeting of the SHERPA project was held last 08th April at Eurocontrol premises in Brussels, BELGIUM.

Work package leaders (ESSP and Pildo Labs) and GSA reviewed the past, current and coming activities of the project, as well as the status of all management aspects including deliverables, costs, communication actions or workshops planning.

You can obtain more information by contacting SHERPA PoC's.

 

PBN (GNSS) Implementation Workshop in Barcelona, April 2013

Next 25-26 April 2013 PILDO LABS is organizing a PBN (GNSS) Implementation session in Barcelona, counting with the support from Local Authorities and the presence of key speakers from other International entities.

With the aim of sharing best practices learned from those activities, Pildo Labs invites Civil Aviation Stakeholders (ANSPs and CAAs) participating in this PBN (GNSS) implementation workshop in Barcelona.

If you are interested in assiting the workshop, please visit this webpage or send an e-mail to: pbnworkshop@pildo.com

 

 

SHERPA “Installation and Operational Approval + Business Case” Workshop in Gliwice

The 4th SHERPA project Workshop was held during 30th and 31st January 2013 at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of Silesian University of Technology (SUT) in Gliwice, Poland.

This 2-day event was hosted by SUT that kindly offered Auditorium F of the mentioned Faculty to hold “Installation and Operational Approval” meeting regarding SBAS avionics  (Day 1) and “Business Case” meeting linked to cost benefit analyses  both at airport and operator sides (Day 2). This last day, the SHERPA project Mid-Term Review milestone took place between the consortium members and the GSA, the SHERPA customer, where the technical, management and financial status of the project were presented.

The main topics discussed during both days were:

  • Regulatory framework after the creation of EASA, focusing on AMC documents for RNP APCH certification;
  • EASA certification processes;
  • Equipment qualification and aircraft installation processes;
  • Lessons learnt from first equipped operators;
  • Business Case models;
  • Airport cost benefit analysis upon implementation of EGNOS APV procedures;
  • Aircraft operators and ANSPs SHERPA partners feedback.

This ambitious technical agenda was completed with other supporting activities that SUT organized for the benefit of the whole audience, as it was the case of the LPV simulations at SUT Virtual Simulator Laboratory with support from Pildo Labs and the interesting visit to the i3D Laboratory in Gliwice Scientific Technological Park followed by a charming gala dinner.

More than 30 people participated in the Workshop, including all the SHERPA partners, an EASA’s expert, AustroControl representatives (Austrian ANSP), GSA representatives, CAAs delegates and some Polish organizations representatives with interest in the Workshop’s contents (AIRCOM, GTL, Municipality of Krosno).

ESSP, as SHERPA project coordinator, wants to highlight the excellent technical level and the active participation of all the attendees during the Workshop and the fantastic logistics organization made by SUT that eased the successfully securing of the event´s goals.

More details about SHERPA can be found in the official project website:

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Installation and Operational Approval & Business Case II Workshop

The SHERPA consortium is pleased to announce that the fourth SHERPA project Workshop will take place in Gliwice (Poland) on the 30th and 31st January 2013. This fourth workshop will be held at the SUT (Silesian University of Technology) premises.

The main goal of this Workshop is to to provide guidance to all the attendees regarding the processes for aircraft airworthiness and installation certification with SBAS capabilities. In addition, it will be presented the operational approval for APV and a methodology for developing cost benefit analyses upon implementation of EGNOS APV procedures in an airport.

Apart from these topics, LPV simulations at SUT Virtual Flight Laboratory will be also presented to the attendees having then the opportunity to fly simulated LPVs.

The main topics to present will be:

  • Regulatory framework after the creation of EASA, focussing on AMC documents for RNP APCH certification;
  • EASA´s certification processes;
  • Equipment qualification and aircraft installations processes;
  • AMC syllabus;
  • Business Case model;
  • Airport cost benefit analysis upon implementation of EGNOS APV procedures;

Finally, SHERPA participating States will also have the opportunity to present to the rest of the SHERPA consortium the development of the work conducted at all of their national scenarios.

About SHERPA

SHERPA is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme through the European GNSS Agency (GSA), that proposes, aligned with ICAO and Eurocontrol recommendations, an approach in support to the implementation of APV procedures, by undertaking pre-operational actions at local Stakeholders level in a coordinated manner, and to map the implementation of EGNOS into the States PBN strategy.

 

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