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CaBilAvi Report Summary

Project ID: 641627
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.6.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CaBilAvi (Capacity building for aviation stakeholders, inside and outside the EU)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Project CaBilAvi consists of two high level objectives, on which work will be carried out in parallel, so that at the end of the project will be achieved defined deliverables and goals to which the consortium committed itself.
These high level objectives are
HLO1 - support emerging EGNOS countries inside and outside the EU in a customized strengthening of their capacity shortfalls for preparation of EGNOS adoption
HLO2 - to prepare arguments and develop new curricula for IFR and VFR pilot training to include flying RNP operations, thus increase the awareness of EGNSS in the aviation user community within the EU
These two objectives will be fulfilled by four specific objectives. Specific objectives are:
SO1 - update the requirements, guidelines and curricula for IFR pilot training
SO2 - increase the existing capacity available at the CAAs and ANSPs in Balkan countries
SO3 - update the requirements, guidelines and curricula for VFR pilot training
SO4 - increase the awareness of EGNSS in the European aviation community at large
Work on the first specific objective is divided onto individual project partners. The division is logical according the pilots’ licenses and activities. For the first two activities, all partners are working together to achieve the same level of initial information for each pilot's license. This helps to achieve the same baseline for designing curriculum changes. Picture decomposing activities is in “Images attached to the Summary for publication” SO1.jpg.
To create proposals for changes in curricula of pilot training, it is required to cooperate with organizations that legislatively and regulatory ensures the curricula. Therefore, in the first half of 2015, cooperation with EASA was initiated by creating communication channel for discussing their view to the problems solved in this project.
The main participants for cooperation are groups EGAST and EASA FCL's working group dealing with increasing levels of safety of general aviation and creating, editing training curricula for pilot training respectively.
The second specific objective (originally named as WP2, in Annex Part B) is work on capacity building through workshops and working groups in order to enable the required pre-operational actions. The working groups guide the States towards the understanding of EGNOS and Galileo benefits and also their usage in LPV approach.
The objective is solved by three work packages WP10, WP11 and WP12 running parallel (decomposition is shown in “Images attached to the Summary for publication” SO2.jpg). Each of these work packages solves one area of activities, but they must also relate on each other to meet the second objective.
There could be seen also the main work package for interaction with national organization in emerging EGNOS countries, which is WP12. In this work package, five different technical areas have been identified as subjects for the Workshops and Working Groups in order to achieve capacity building: EGNOS and PBN Implementation, Procedure Design and Flight Validation, Safety Case, Business Case & Airworthiness and Operational Approval, Final Outputs.
Work on the third specific objective is divided onto individual partners. The division is logical according the pilots’ licenses and activities. The main difference between First and Third specific objective is the focus on the IFR training and VFR pilot training respectively. As with the first specific objective also for third specific objective is very important cooperation with EASA. Picture decomposing activities is in “Images attached to the Summary for publication” SO3.jpg.
The fourth specific objective (originally named as WP4, in Annex1 Part B) is work on increasing the awareness of EGNSS in the European aviation community at large. Work corresponds to the work package WP19 (Aviation awareness and project dissemination) on which work beneficiaries from most countries involved in the project. In this work package is the target to disseminate maximum knowledge between aviation stakeholders (as many as possible) and to closely work with GSA to look for “white” places in EGNOS (and in future Galileo) usage. The concrete activities of WP19 have been defined as follows:
• Select relevant airports and deliver EGNOS information pack
• Produce an EGNOS for aviators video in local languages for interested member states
• Create web-based interactive information portal for pilots and aerodromes
• Dissemination of project objectives and results at selected events and stakeholder meetings, such as the EUROCONTROL RAISG/ICAO PBNTF
• Maximize web visibility of CaBilAvi
• Create regular news letters to be sent to selected decision makers and industry stakeholder

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work carried out during the first reporting period covers 16 out of the 19 work packages of the CaBilAvi project. Out of these, the work packages 2, 3 and 4 are completed in line with the project expectations, while the work packages 9, 17 and 18 are still to be started.
The project began holding of Kick-Off Meeting (KOM) in the premises of the project coordinator at Prague Airport. At the KOM were agreed basis for cooperation on the project and pointed out work packages interconnection and thus the necessity of mutual communication between partners working in each specific objective and between partners working on the specific objective SO1 and SO3. Based on KOM have been created two deliverables D1.1 Kick Off Meeting Minutes and D1.2 Project Plan V1, which is used for project management and is continuously updated according to the needs of the project.
After the project’s introduction phase, the overall project solutions were divided according to the specific objectives SO1+SO3, SO2, SO4. When solving SO2, deliverable D12.1 Stakeholders Workshop Team Plan was created, which is used to control the activities of SO2. Further on, the deliverable D19.6 Aviation promotion/awareness plan, Identifying selected actions and participations, V1 was created, which in its initial form was used for the management of activities related to SO4 and is constantly updated.

Solution of SO1 and SO3 started with two moderated workshops in Prague, which were planned in WP2 and WP3. In the first moderated workshop in Prague all information relating to the use of GNSS for pilot training were found. The result was described in deliverable D2.1 Total Amount of GNSS related information needed for training pilots - moderated workshop report. All the information from the workshop as well as feedback from representatives of European aviation are summarized in the deliverable.
On the output of WP2 was based second moderated workshop in Prague. It was aimed to structure the information gained from the work in WP2, to use it as a basis for further work on the next work packages of the individual project partners. Outputs of one-day workshop are included in the deliverable D3.1 Requirements and structure of the curriculum - moderated workshop report. There is again the evaluation of feedback from representatives of European aviation summarized at the end of the deliverable. Outputs D2.1 and D3.1 serves as the basic steps on which could build other WPs related to SO1 and SO3 (WP4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18).
After WP2 completion at the end of the fourth month of the project, work started on the work packages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. They ran parallel to the aforementioned WP3 so that individual project partners could get to a uniform level of legislative and project information so that their outputs are interconnected, i.e. not in contradiction. After completion of WP3 and submission of deliverable D3.1 in the first version, joint meetings of the project partners working on SO1 and SO3 started (about once every two months). There are resolved important questions concerning the prepared proposals for new curricula, the status of the consortium about the proposed amendments and maintaining unified view on the solved issues. Each partner working on its part of the project. Distribution can be seen in the attached figures and SO1.jpg SO3.jpg.
During SO3 solution at the end of September 2015, deliverable D13.1 has been created in the first version. It compares the current training requirements and proposes new ones, incorporating the theoretical part of GNSS for VFR pilots. After creation of D2.1 and D3.1 deliverable, it is the third one in the series of supporting unifying documents for the consortium. While solving SO1, deliverable D4.6 has been created, which deals with the theoretical training of IFR pilots and is also the basis for project partners dealing with updating IFR practical and simulator pilot training curricula.

SO2 solution is covered by work packages WP10, 11, 12. During the first period of the project, initial contact with the Stakeholders from the Balkan Countries was established in order to get their support and participation in the activities that are taking place in the framework of the CaBilAvi Project. The National Teams were created after the PBN Workshop which was the starting point for the cooperation between Pildo and the Balkan States involved: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.
A survey of the candidate aerodromes of each State was prepared including all the relevant information for the selection of the most suitable aerodrome where implementing SBAS-based procedures. The results from the surveys were discussed with the National Team attending to the PBN Workshop and a final decision was made regarding the aerodromes where the procedures will be designed: Nis Airport, Serbia; Tivat Airport, Montenegro; Skopje Airport, Macedonia; Mostar Airport, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Once the scenario was defined, works on the design of the procedures for each Airport was started. During the process, continuous iterations with the Participant States are taking place in order to design a procedure that suits the Airport needs as well as to exchange information and different opinions on the decisions that should be made. Three out of four procedures are well on track and the initial designs have been presented to the National Teams.
Pildo Labs supported the Montenegro CAA authority with the organization of a flight demonstration campaign. In particular, Pildo Labs generated a customised database which was encoded in the FMS of the aircraft used for the flights trials. The trials were successfully performed in December 2015. The pilot involved presented the results to EUROCONTROL.
In addition, Pildo Labs prepared some surveys that were distributed among the National CAAs and ANSPs and Airlines operating in the National Airports in order to start drafting an EGNOS Implementation Plan as true to reality as possible. First feedback from Serbia has been received and the remaining ones are expected to be received soon, so a first version of the document will be prepared during the second period of the Project.
Pildo Labs started working on the provision of a GNSS signal-in-space performance monitoring and interference detection station that will be provided to the airports where new PBN approaches are designed. A monitoring station has been already provided to Mostar airport, and in the following period it is expected to deploy stations to the rest of the participants’ airports.
The table of contents for the Safety Case and Business Case for each Airport has been defined and delivered to the reviewers. They approved the content and suggested some changes that will be incorporated in the final report.
Four events are planned to be organized in the framework of the CaBilAvi Project related to SO2. The PBN Workshop took place successfully last May 19th – 20th 2015 and counted on the attendance of 7 participants from the CAAs and ANSPs of the Balkan States interested in participating in the activities of the Project: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. Deliverable describing the workshop D12.2 EGNOS and PBN Workshop Report was created.
September 30th 2015, the Procedure Design Working Group was held in Podgorica, Montenegro. The Montenegro CAA hosted the event and 13 people attended the meeting.

SO4 solution is covered by the work package WP19 Aviation awareness and project dissemination. WP19 is very wide WP with very great diversity of activities. There is overall aviation awareness and project dissemination and IT support for these.
The first activity of CaBilAvi WP19 was the dissemination of the project outcomes as well as the definition of a corporate identity. To that respect, 4 draft logos were developed and presented during the Kick-Off Meeting. The participating beneficiaries voted and selected the logo now used.
Very early into the project, CaBilAvi was asked to organise a presentation slot for the GSA at the Friedrichshafen Aero-Expo (April 205). The slot was booked and a representative of the GCE, the project coordinator, participated to present the project and its expected outcomes to an interested GA audience.
Web portal of CaBilAvi was developed - technology and functionality, overall logic, site map, content and design. All technical and functional requirements arose from previous experience and best practice of project partners. About 20 news were publicized. Necessary maintenance is delivered continuously - several simple and minor bugs were fixed (mostly in graphical theme), all project partners provided presentation of their companies for the webpage.
CaBilAvi was also represented at all EUROCONTROL RAISG meetings during the reporting period and participated at a NSG meeting. However, this latter meeting is too high level for CaBilAvi to continue participating in it, it was decided that CaBilAvi will continue to participate in the RAISG meetings to a) report the progress of the project in the meeting and b) report on the general status of LPV and EGNOS implementation towards to consortium participant not present in the meeting.
CaBilAvi was asked to participate at the EGNOS Flight Event, which took place in Toulouse on 6th and 7th May 2015. The GCE managed a professional TV production team that was tasked to prepare a professional TV spot from the event focused on the Czech (and Slovak) professional community. A YouTube channel was created in order to address this community. Almost 8 minutes long video is available on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GnsscentreCzech. The video was seen 122times since it had been released nine months ago. A Czech journalist was also managed to participate the event. Four-page article was published in Flying Revue No. 4/2015. Flying Revue is one of two most popular magazines for aviation oriented community in Czech and Slovak Republic.
Two databases were created. The first, National stakeholders´ database consists of contact details of airports, heliports and its operators, aero clubs and aircraft operators, ATOs, and other government and NGO associations in Spain, Poland, Czech and Slovak Republic and Bulgaria. The second is database of National dissemination channels. It is a database of specific national dissemination and information channels related to the aviation domain and/or focused on aviation professional community (e.g. aviation magazines, Professional organisation´s newsletters, Newsletter and/or web page of national authorities, Internal magazines of the companies, journalists, editors or publicists, other incl. social network) in Czech, Slovak, Poland, Bulgaria and Spain. The creation process addresses many steps from definition of the necessary information, through the testing process of developed templates, filling the information (i.e. entries) into the database and its filling up with help of consortium partners. Detailed description can be found in the deliverable D19.2.
A second pillar of WP19 in the promotion of EGNOS and LPV in general, with a focus on general aviation and the target countries Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria.
With regards to the generic promotion of EGNOS and LPV the detailed activities have been the following:
The most visible activity of the ‘generic EGNOS promotion’ has been the translation of the GSA ‘EGNOS for Aviation’ video. The video has not only been translated in the 4 target country languages, but also in Spanish as that version did not yet exists and CaBilAvi has the chance to have very knowledgeable Spanish project partners on board. Besides of a translation of the original script into the 5 languages and a validation of the translation by aviation-trained partners, suitable voices were selected and a final validation of the voice-over had to be completed to ensure matching the image-text length and pace.
Secondly, a template for electronic newsletters was developed and a distribution list composed of relevant stakeholders in each target country. To date, 1 targeted newsletter was sent out to the Polish stakeholders in summer 2015 to promote the GSA co-funding scheme for procedure writing and aircraft equipping. A second newsletter was sent out in Jan 2016 to give a project status update to all target country stakeholders.
Thirdly, an information pack has been produced as a modular brochure or booklet consisting of a) a generic explanation, b) a specific part for aerodromes, c) a specific part for pilots, d) a specific part for helicopter operations, e) a specific part for operators/aircraft equipage and f) a specific part for ATOs. The information pack is developed in English. Once the text and lay-out is approved by the reviewers and the GSA in English, translations will be made into the languages of the partner countries Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria. The local versions will then be distributed according to the preferred distribution channel as defined in D19.2. The English version will be put at the disposal of the GSA so they can use it as they seem proper.
Lastly, fresh video material has been generated with regards to flying an LPV procedure. The flight was flown for the newly developed procedure at Carcassonne (FR) and the entire operation was filmed by a professional cameraman who also shot the images for the ‘EGNOS for aviation’ video produced by the GSA.
CaBilAvi was actively presented at many conferences and workshops. Project partners cooperated to the GSA´s presentation at the AERO2015 in Friedrichshafen and presented the CaBilAvi project within the joint GSA, PPL/IR, ESSP and CaBilAvi presentation session. The presentation entitled “EGNOS-the European Satnav solution for pilots” were provided in Friedrichshafen. GCE managed and participated the CaBilAvi & GSA in joint presentation at EFA Prague 2015. CaBilAvi intentions, objectives, activities and already reached goals were presented to visitors. A presentation within the seminar block “EGNOS - THE EUROPEAN SATNAV SOLUTION FOR PILOTS” took place on Friday 12th June. It was followed by the GSA´s presentation “Aviation powered by EGNOS: high precision, low investment”. There was managed a space and visibility of the GSA´s EGNOS boot at this fair as well. For last 15 months the CaBilAvi consortium participated in another 5 events - meeting of representatives of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament hosted by GSA in Prague; the annual „Security and Safety Conference“, organized in cooperation of University College of Business in Prague and Prague Airport; the annual international scientific conference „Increasing Safety and Quality in Civil Aviation Conference“, organized by the Air Transport Department and the Air Training and Education Centre of University of Žilina in Žilina; and participation on two events of e-KnoT projects (a H2020 project objected to strengthen the interaction between the areas of education-research-industry in Europe) in Warsaw and Toulouse. Within all of these events the CaBilAvi participation needed to be managed, way and form of contribution negotiated and presentation prepared. EGNOS, CaBilAvi project and its success, solutions for pilots, new training syllabus and partially GSA activities were main topics. There was also contribution to the conference and proceedings at BulTrans2015 presented by consortium partner in Bulgaria.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

WP2-9 Guidelines for IFR pilot training
Having a procedure in place and flying an equipped aircraft is not enough. Operators or pilots arriving at these destinations (with EGNOS based procedure) needs to use the procedure in order to realise its benefits. In order to be allowed to use the EGNOS procedure, the pilots need to succeed a specific APV IFR training. But now, there is need for bottom-up approach i.e. pilots have to push the utilization of equipment and procedures. Once you have pilots who have learnt about GNSS, and tried it within the training and at airports where he flies into, upon discovering the ease of use, will want to use it in his professional career and pushes others to do so. CaBilAvi wants to build up this ‘soft issue’ capability in all project partners countries and beyond with creating guidelines and proposals for change for EGNOS based flying.
The impact of this part of the project is increasing the use of European GNSS systems (EGNOS now, Galileo in the future), which will help the European society and support growth.

WP10-12 Capacity building in EGNOS emerging countries
The Balkan countries have decent EGNOS coverage but not a lot of knowledge on how to create a legal framework to allow EGNOS operations. The Joint Service Provision Area initiative, grouping Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Hungary and the FYR of Macedonia with support of Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina, has expressed a strong need for capacity building. The project CaBilAvi helps with this.
The impact of this part of the project is to widen the use of EGNOS for Balkan countries, which use EGNOS only marginally until now. The project address less developed countries than west Europe, where EGNOS use could boost economies and growth.

WP13-18 Awareness for VFR pilots
VFR flying is the biggest part of aviation and VFR pilots are the main group, who needs help with creating guidelines to incorporate EGNSS awareness in their specific VFR training modules that are set to be updated, and an informative module on how to use and how not to use EGNOS. By teaching all new pilots the possibilities (and legal limitations) of EGNOS, the visibility of European GNSS will receive an important boost.
The impact of this part of the project is almost the same as with IFR part of the project WP2-9. But as written, there is more VFR pilots, therefore there is could be much greater impact on overall use of European GNSS systems, thus on entire society.

WP19 EGNSS promotion for the European aviation community
The expected impact here is that aviation stakeholders at large are better informed about EGNOS and its benefits
a) For (smaller) aerodromes, especially in countries where the national ANSP does not have the monopoly to decide on implementation and to write procedures, airport decision makers need information regarding the EGNOS LPV and LPV200 options, in both cases if the airport is or is not CAT I compliant.
b) For operators, understanding the operational benefits of EGNOS need to be better understood, including where procedures are available, and what the aircraft manufacturing and avionics industry has to offer to influence their avionics upgrade or fleet renewal decision.
c) For the European institutions and the European GNSS industry at large, it is important to get better visibility of the EGNOS usage rate to be able to build the case for continued funding for the integrity signal.
The potential of the project is increased use of EGNSS in the whole Europe in aviation, which will bring lower costs for aviation stakeholders and increased safety in aviation.

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