Testing and Experimenting Activities
Plans for testing and drilling the GNSS services and the type of operations that can be performed with them, are included under the title of experimentation.
Three types of tests have been proposed:
- Static Tests.
- Dynamic Aeronautical Tests.
- Dynamic Multi-mode Tests.
The static tests will verify the GNSS system services at fix points. These points are usually located in airports or next to the EGNOS MCC. Data is gathered over long periods of time and the results obtained from GPS and EGNOS are analysed. This data forms part of the core data that will be used for preparing the performance and reliability statistics for the system and they will support the validation and certification processes currently underway.
The dynamic aeronautical tests are performed with a SENASA BeechCraft aircraft that is equipped with all the necessary equipment. The goal is to check that the GNSS systems in operating during the different flight phases (take-off, en-route, terminal area, approach, landing and over shooting). Aside from this, experiments are performed with new procedures based on these systems, analysing their feasibility and security.
The dynamic multi-mode tests are performed to demonstrate the advantages of using GNSS in other means of transport apart from aeronautical one. This type of testing has been performed on board ships and vehicles. The tests are performed with portable equipment that can be installed in any means of transport and is designed to analyse the GNSS system depending on the type of transport being used.
Download Air Navigation charges for 2011.