Published on : Friday, September 5, 2014
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is the first international hub in Europe to commence regular operations of a satellite-supported precision approach system for aircraft called Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS). A cooperative initiative of the airport, air traffic control, and the largest home-base carrier, GBAS was officially inaugurated on September 3 by Dr. Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman; Robert Schickling, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH’s managing director of operations; and Kay Kratky, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s member of the board Passage.
“After only about 16 months of signing our cooperation agreement, we are pleased, together with our partners DFS and Lufthansa, officially to inaugurate GBAS at Frankfurt Airport,” said Fraport AG executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte at the launch ceremony. “GBAS underscores once again our international leadership in new technologies and also shows how we are consistently implementing elements of the catalog of measures being developed within the Alliance for Noise Abatement at Frankfurt,” stressed Schulte.
“GBAS heralds a new age in flight navigation,” declared DFS managing director of operations, Robert Schickling. “Together with Fraport and Lufthansa, we are proud to be operating this new satellite-supported landing system at the European continent’s second largest airport. I am convinced that GBAS, in the long term, will eventually play a very important role at Frankfurt Airport and far beyond.”
“After retrofitting of our Airbus A320 fleet with vortex generators as an active noise abatement measure, we are now commencing GBAS operations in cooperation with Fraport and DFS. Today, we are pleased that our Boeing 747-800 is the first plane officially to use this system for landing at our largest hub. Soon, more than thirty Lufthansa Airbus A380 and Boeing B747-8 jets will be using GBAS to land,” said Kay Kratky, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s member of the board Passage for the Frankfurt hub and operations.