Croatia Airlines to upgrade its Dashes

Bombardier Q400 Croatia Airlines Photo by M.Oertle/Flickr

Croatia Airlines will upgrade six turboprop regional Dash Q400 aircraft with equipment capable of using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) and GALILEO satellite network.

On 1st November 2017 Croatia Airlines started with a project aimed at upgrading Dash Q400 fleet for LPV (Localizer Precision Approach with Vertical Guidance) capability. The project named “Croatia Airlines Joining EGNOS Family” is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.

Currently used equipment based on GPS/GLONASS receiver will be replaced with SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) capable Flight Management System, which will grant RNP Approach capability down to the localizer precision approach with vertical guidance (LPV) minima. Daily operation of Croatia Airlines is based on airports already active in RNP (Required Navigation Performance) approach implementation, including LPV approaches, and the company intends to follow this modern global navigational trend. Furthermore, the number of RNP/LPV approaches available increases on airports of potential interest.

The benefits of the project are numerous. The technical characteristics of company’s turboprop aircraft will be enhanced and after the implementation of the new equipment, it will start with additional crew training for new procedures and implementation of the new LPV availability in everyday operations. It is expected less fuel consumption, less CO, NOx emission, as well as better time in air/distance ratio.

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