Quovadis Selected by SESAR JU to Lead Stakeholder Consortium in Integrated PBN Flight Trials in Canary Islands

Quovadis, an Airbus ProSky Company, is leading an industry consortium comprised of AENA, Air Berlin, easyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines for the design and validation of improved Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) approaches at two airports in the Canary Islands. The project, "CO2 and Noise Approach Reduction for International Aviation Sustainability" (CANARIAS), is one of several projects awarded to Airbus by the EU's SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), under the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative (AIRE). SESAR JU co-finances 50% of the projects.
The AIRE initiative makes the implementation of environmentally sustainable Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions with today's technology a reality. CANARIAS, under AIRE, will demonstrate the real value of PBN in complex airspace in Europe via revenue flight trials operated by consortium partners. CANARIAS will allow for the design and validation of approximately 100 flight trials for precision Required Navigation Performance(RNP) approaches at Lanzarote and La Palma airports. These trials are planned to commence in the first half of 2013.

The objective of CANARIAS is to reduce track miles, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, improve airport access, optimize the airspace and reduce noise compared with conventional procedures. The project will take full advantage of RNP capabilities for a large variety of aircraft. It will also help prepare local Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel to handle efficiently and without disruption the mix of RNP and non-RNP capable aircraft during the flight trials and prior to full implementation.

Don-Jacques Ould-Ferhat, COO of Quovadis says, "performance based approach is a key element to support the decongestion of the busy terminal areas and increase the Air Traffic Management fuel efficiency in Europe." He adds "we are pleased to see that the SESAR JU is encouraging these implementation initiatives. This will help to convince all players of significant and immediate benefits at hand to improve operations efficiency and trigger a rapid deployment across Europe."


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