Online Workshop: EGNOS approaches for robust Helicopter Emergency Services

Published: 
16 November 2020
The workshop powered by the GSA and EHA intends to familiarize attendees with the process of implementing EGNOS-based approaches for HEMS
The workshop powered by the GSA and EHA intends to familiarize attendees with the process of implementing EGNOS-based approaches for HEMS

The European GNSS Agency, together with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), is organizing a joint workshop on the use of EGNOS for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The online panel discussion, scheduled for Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 14:00 (CET), is open to private and public health organisations, HEMS operators, pilots, and relevant healthcare stakeholders.

Air medical services are crucial in times of crisis and emergencies,and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. Oftentimes, adverse weather conditions or other factors such as smoke cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

Today, thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely. With over 700 EGNOS-based procedures at 367 airports and helipads, the system increases safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators and pilots approaching airport and helipads in Europe. 

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With a unique lineup of EGNOS and HEMS experts, operators and service providers, the workshop, powered by the GSA and EHA, intends to familiarize attendees with the process of implementing EGNOS-based approaches for HEMS, while promoting the success-stories of EGNOS-aided HEMS operations across Europe. Participants will hear from experienced helicopter pilots explaining how to land with the enhanced vertical precision and integrity provided by the EU SBAS. Stakeholders, ranging from operators to manufacturers and instrument flight procedures designers, will complement the discussion with precious insights on the best practices and benefits deriving from implementing EGNOS procedures for hospital heliports.

This workshop is of particular interest to organisations considering the implementation of new routes or flight procedures based on EGNOS for HEMS. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers through a Q&A. To join us online, click here!

About EGNOS

EGNOS is Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that is used to improve the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and in the future Galileo. EGNOS has been deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users over most of Europe. 

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Updated: Nov 16, 2020