The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) is the most important institution responsible for the correct operation of some 200 ground-based air traffic aids and validation of instrument flight procedures in Poland. In service since 1963, PANSA’s Flight Inspection Service offers the following services:
PANSA’s Flight Inspection Service is the only entity in Poland that validates newly established and existing instrument flight procedures – conventional and area navigation (RNAV) procedures based on DME-DME distance measuring equipment and on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). To cater for the progressing Europe-wide implementation of ground based augmentation systems (GBAS) used for satellite-based support of precision landing of aircraft, flight inspection services will be provided to check these types of systems and validate the related flight procedures.
Validation flights for RNAV instrument flight procedures (RNAV LPV) are particularly important. It turns out in practice that possible FAS DATA BLOCK errors can be detected prior to the final publication of the flight procedure, during preparations for a validation flight or during the validation flight based on a test database in the Flight Management System (FMS). The test database is a dedicated flight procedure database provided by the avionics manufacturer on order from PANSA’s Flight Inspection Service.
Our work does not involve only verification of correct functioning of ground-based light and radio aids. Thanks to our experienced measurement inspectors, pilots, aircraft engineers and support personnel, we are able to pre-emptively advise our Clients – airport managers on any required changes or needs to replace their equipment – Jacek Staroszczyk, Head of Airport Relations Team, 12 years of experience at PANSA.
Since when I can remember, the functioning of our approach light systems, runway light systems or precision approach path indicators PAPI has been verified by PANSA’s measurement and testing aircraft. Poland’s oldest airport holds a high opinion of the work performed by PANSA’s Flight Inspection Service – Mariusz Wiatrowski, President of Poznań-Ławica Airport.