Helicopter Deploy GNSS in Europe - NEXT

HEDGE NEXT is framed as follow up of activities initiated under previous HEDGE activity. This new project phase aims at completing the operational implementation of EGNOS operations into the rotorcraft domain, by supporting the certification of vehicles and validation of EGNOS enhanced operations from different operators spread over Europe.

HEDGE NEXT in addition includes an important part on R&D, towards the full exploitation of EGNOS services into the rotorcraft sector. Those initiatives are either identified and recommended to pursue during the first phase of the activity, or upcoming from parallel activities participated by the Consortia leader under Clean Sky framework, and as such endorsed by Eurocopter and Augusta Westland R&D strategy.


First European Helicopter PinS procedure down to LPV minima approved in Switzerland


The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has recently approved the first Point-in-Space (PinS) instrument approach procedure down to LPV minima within EuropeThe procedure developed within the framework of the HEDGE-NEXT project has been designed by Skyguide, whilst in the ground and flight validation REGA and Pildo Labs have taken part too.

Helicopter IFR procedures enabled by EGNOS presented at the European Helicopter Show


The First edition of the European Helicopter Show (EHS) took place from 9th to 11th May 2013 in Hradec Králové airport with more than than 20,000 visitors coming from different European countries. The GSA, together with the ESSP, Pildo Labs, LPR (Polish HEMS Operator) and Garmin, has taken the opportunity to present the EGNOS benefits to the rotorcraft community.