BLUEGNSS (Promoting EGNSS Operational Adoption in BLUEMED) is one of the H2020-Galileo-2015-1 projects selected for co-financing by GSA (the European GNSS Agency).

The project started in January 2016 with a duration of 30 months.

The consortium, led by ENAV, is composed of the BLUE MED FAB ANSP Partners - DCAC, HCAA and MATS - and IDS (Ingegneria dei Sistemi) which is the only industrial Partner.

The primary objective of the BLUEGNSS Project is to harmonize the implementation of PBN approach operations among the BLUE MED FAB States by using EGNSS (European GNSS infrastructure such as EGNOS and in future Galileo). 

It is worth to mention that this is the first time in Europe that an RNP APCH implementation project has been coordinated at FAB level. One of the advantages of such an approach is that States/ANSPs that don’t have enough experience in RNP APCH operational implementation will receive benefits from this intra-FAB cross fertilization.

The project is developed in 3 main streams:

  • GNSS procedures design and validation
  • GNSS training
  • GNSS Monitoring

The project will perform an extensive campaign of communication and result dissemination involving the main stakeholders (Airport authorities, National Supervisory Authorities, Business Aviation Organizations, EUROCONTROL and ICAO) that will take benefit from the related products.


GNSS procedures design and validation
The implementation of RNP APCH is envisaged by ICAO Assembly Resolution A37/11 which urges States to implement approach procedures with vertical guidance (APV) (Baro-VNAV and/or augmented GNSS), including LNAV-only minima, for all instrument runway ends, either as the primary approach or as a back-up for precision approaches by 2016. Despite this resolution is not an obligation for European States, BLUEGNSS will enable its fulfillment for the BLUE MED Countries.
In fact, within BLUEGNSS Project, GNSS procedures, known as RNP APCH (Required Navigation Performance Approach), will be designed for 10 selected airports (4 in Greece, 3 in Italy, 2 in Cyprus and 1 in Malta) in order to increase their accessibility and safety taking the benefit of GNSS and related augmentation systems. Design will be done based on all relevant ICAO material (i.e. EUR Doc025, Doc8168, Doc9906, Doc9613). The flight inspection activities will be performed by ENAV aircraft (Piaggio Avanti P-180) specifically equipped for RNP APCH validation.


GNSS training
Specific training will be delivered to air space procedure designers in order to let them able in the future to deal with design of RNP APCH and related minima. Specific workshop will be organized during project execution in order to share and discuss among design task leader and project members the design principles. This activity also represents a valid response to ICAO EANPG (European Air Navigation Planning Group - the governing body of ICAO in the EUR Region) findings and recommendations, in particular with reference to the identified scarcity of qualified personnel in the areas of PANS-OPS procedures design and oversight and the ensuing invitation to States to cooperate and share flight procedure design resources.

Further training will be delivered to ATCOs for the operational management of RNP APCH and to technical staff to let them know the principles of PBN and GNSS Monitoring.


GNSS Monitoring
One of the main enablers for the implementation and acceptance of the new RNP APCH operations is the GNSS performance monitoring. In the project, a regional and multi sources approach is adopted through the deployment of an innovative dedicated network devoted not only to the standard GNSS performance assessment, but also to interference assessment and reporting and GNSS data recording. The GNSS Monitoring Network will be developed according to the recent work performed by the ICAO Navigation system Panel and the relevant requirements extracted from ICAO Annex 10 Aeronautical Telecommunications Vol. I Radio Navigation Aids and ICAO Doc9849 GNSS Manual.

Periodic GNSS performance reports will be published in dedicated section of BLUEMED portal.

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This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687198


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