Croatia Airlines successfully finished the major project stage of Dash Q400 fleet upgrade with all aircraft equipped with new EGNOS capable navigation equipment.
On 1 November 2017 Croatia Airlines started with a project for upgrade of DASH Q400 fleet for LPV capability. The project named “Croatia Airlines joining EGNOS family” is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.
The project objective is an upgrade of six turboprop regional aircraft DASH Q400 with equipment capable for use of European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS).
"On 20th March 2019 we finished the main stage of the ongoing EGNOS project by upgrading all Dash Q400 aircraft with the new navigational equipment capable for EGNOS satellite reception."
Operative flight tests confirmed that the new capabilities will ensure exceptional precision and and that flight crews will be able to form adequate flight procedures for safely conducting RNP approaches up to LPV minima in the future.
Croatia Airlines daily operation is based on airports already active in RNP approach implementation including LPV approaches and company intends to follow this modern global navigational trends.
After finishing the upgrade, we will start with specific training for flight crews during the approaching summer season. With completion of the project in 2019 Croatia Airlines will establish a more robust and safer operation for our customers, and at the same time be a more efficient and eco-friendly airline on the European sky.
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