THE CHANG­ING LAND­SCAPE OF EURO­PEAN BUSI­NESS AVI­A­TION

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The busi­ness avi­a­tion seg­ment of the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try in Europe is on the thresh­old of change. This could en­able op­er­a­tors to ac­cess more eas­ily the small and re­gional air­ports through the com­bined use of satel­lite-based nav­i­ga­tion and syn­thetic and en­hanced vi­sion tech­nol­ogy. Demon­stra­tion flights have been car­ried out and the re­quired avion­ics tech­nolo­gies are reach­ing ma­tu­rity. What the in­dus­try is calling for now is the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tory frame­work to be put in place to en­able op­er­a­tors to reap the ben­e­fits Europe-wide, as soon as pos­si­ble. Small and re­gional air­ports ac­count for about two-thirds of busi­ness avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions in Europe, but many of those fa­cil­i­ties close down when vis­i­bil­ity is low. When this hap­pens, busi­ness jets are of­ten di­verted to larger, ca­pac­ity-con­strained air­ports. Many of these di­ver­sions could be avoided if air­craft were equipped with syn­thetic vi­sion guid­ance sys­tems (SVGS) and en­hanced flight vi­sion sys­tem (EFVS) avion­ics solutions. The busi­ness avi­a­tion sec­tor seized on these two solutions when they were tested un­der the Euro­pean Union’s re­cently con­cluded Aug­mented Ap­proaches to Land (AAL) demon­stra­tion project. Most of the tech­nolo­gies demon­strated un­der the AAL project, which con­cluded in De­cem­ber 2016, are now con­sid­ered ma­ture and ready for im­ple­men­ta­tion once that reg­u­la­tory frame­work is in place. In ad­di­tion to SVGS and EFVS tech­nolo­gies, ad­vanced ap­proach pro­ce­dures us­ing ground-based aug­men­ta­tion sys­tems, satel­lite-based aug­men­ta­tion sys­tems and curved re­quired nav­i­ga­tion per­for­mance legs were tested.

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