New Technology Should Reduce Flight Disruption This Winter
Rob Goldsmith says Skybus and St Mary’s Airport are in talks with the Civil Aviation Authority over the introduction of the ‘EGNOS’ system.
The European system uses satellites to augment the existing GPS signals so that pilots can rely on it for a safe approach under reduced visibility – conditions that would currently result in aircraft being grounded.
Rob says it will produce a “tangible improvement” in resilience, which will be welcomed.
Although there are many factors that can prevent flying, Rob says the system could mean hundreds of passengers will avoid disruption.
Estimates last year suggested that over 400 flights that didn’t operate would have flown if EGNOS had been in place.
Waterlogging is no longer a problem for Skybus after their Land’s End grass runway was successfully hardened.
But there has been an increase in flights cancelled or delayed due to impaired visibility recently.
Rob says the last three months has been an “unusually bad” period, seeing the highest levels of disruption in the past seven years.
This year Skybus has started advising passengers of the likelihood of weather delays or cancellations when the weather forecast predicts wind or fog.
Rob says they’ve given people a chance to change flights or amend their plans and it’s all part of their customer service improvements.