Airbus has established a new subsidiary to provide Required Navigation Performance (RNP) services to authorities, airlines and airports, ranging from RNP procedures design, testing and flight operations to RNP training.
RNP is a navigation technique that allows aircrafts to fly along a defined route using GPS. According to Airbus, this improves the efficiency, capacity and environmental performance of air traffic systems.
The new division, named QUOVADIS, will be based in Toulouse. To support its operations, Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement for RNP procedure design with the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) in Toulouse, and CGx AERO in SYS, a specialist in aeronautical and geographic information systems based in Castres, France.
Charles Champion, executive vice-president of customer services, said: ‘Airbus has been very committed to this new technology over the last few years with a very positive outcome, and the launch of QUOVADIS is evidence of Airbus’ commitment to develop further and provide new services that bring value to aircraft operators.’