Nowadays, many critical services, such as Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and Search and Rescue, are carried out in very challenging environments, requiring helicopters to often fly in adverse weather conditions and in unfavourable contexts (e.g. mountainous areas, urban environments).
The implementation of new instrument flight procedures (PinS) based on the use of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the core of PROuD project. These procedures will allow helicopters to fly also in bad visibility without any navigation support from ground based infrastructures.
The main goal of PROuD is to demonstrate that helicopters PinS
implementation can allow the access to heliports in arduous areas when there is reduced visibility, helping to guarantee continuous and safe vital services such as patients' transportation and rescue missions.
PROuD will design and validate the new procedures, test them through a minimum of 80 flight trials in Switzerland and Norway, and finally analyse the data recorded during the test flights in order to generate evidences of the operational and technical benefits in the tested sites and over Europe
PROuD is one of the 15 Large Scale Demonstration activities co-financed by SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) within the Single European Sky ATM Research programme. The Project will be executed in the timeframe 2014-2016 and it is one of the project dedicated to “Precision Arrival and Departure Procedures” aiming at safety and economic improvements to small size airports and heliports
The project will provide results that have the ambition to represent a reference for rotorcraft operators, paving the way for further operational campaigns and for the deployment in other European scenarios of the demonstrated change.
The procedures flown in PROuD live trials are on the path to become operational in Norway after the demonstration finishes.