SESAR Prototype CAT III GBAS in Operation

OSLO, Norway, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The European SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) program took an important step toward the objective of optimizing runway capacity under low visibility conditions today at Frankfurt Airport, when a prototype NORMARC 8100 CAT III Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) went into operation. SESAR is the public-private partnership that represents the technological dimension of the Single European Sky initiative, intended to give Europe a high-performance air traffic control infrastructure.


Developed by Indra Navia (as a partner in NATMIG) under SESAR Project 15.3.6, the NORMARC 8100 GBAS is a new generation of satellite-based landing systems with an architecture that is well suited to comply with ICAO's GAST D (CAT III) requirements. GBAS augments signals from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to make them accurate and reliable enough to use during aircraft approaches and landings. GBAS will enable increased air traffic capacity, provide opportunities for noise abatement and accommodate flexible operations such as curved approaches and landing on close parallel runways.

The successful installation and commissioning of the NORMARC 8100 CAT III prototype at Frankfurt Airport marks the start of system validation testing, being led by Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) in cooperation with EUROCONTROL and other members of the project team. Prior to installing the system at Frankfurt, the NORMARC 8100 GBAS underwent successful interoperability testing against Honeywell's CAT III prototype avionics in January and Factory Acceptance Testing in April.

"We are pleased to see our efforts in developing the NORMARC 8100 GBAS bear fruit. Ever since Norway's short-runway airports started using our pioneering SCAT-I satellite landing system for commercial traffic in 2007, we have been looking forward to the day when airports in the rest of Europe – and the world – can enjoy the benefits of certified satellite landing systems based on open and global standards. DFS has been particularly supportive in driving this project forward, and the continued joint efforts of the project team pave the way for a new approach to CATII/III precision landing and guidance," comments Eldar Hauge, CEO of Indra Navia.

Indra Navia has drawn on decades of experience providing ILS approach and landing solutions in developing the NORMARC 8100 GBAS.  Results so far indicate that the NORMARC 8100 GBAS will live up to the NORMARC reputation for exceptional reliability and integrity.

Indra Navia

Indra Navia is a dedicated air traffic management technology company that designs, produces, and integrates communication, navigation, and surveillance technology for the world's leading airports and air traffic control organizations. Specializing in highly customized solutions, the company delivers outstanding long-term value under the most demanding conditions. More than 1200 airports around the world rely on GAREX, NORMARC and NOVA.


Indra is the number one technology multinational in Spain and one of the leaders in Europe and Latin America. It is the second European company in its sector in terms of R&D, with €550 million invested in the last three years. Its turnover in 2011 was €2,688m and today more than half of its income is from international markets. The company employs 40,000 professionals and has customers in 118 countries.

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