PBN Improvement of Reliability and Availability of Hems Operations

May, the 31th, 2017 at 16:30 in Sala Consiglio of the DAER, 2nd Floor, Building B12, Campus Bovisa 

Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali
Via La Masa 34
20156 Milano 

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PAT NUCLEO ELICOTTERI VVF is a small helicopter company inside firefighting and civil protection service, entitled by local government to ensure HEMS capability in entire territory administrated.

Service is performed by two AW139 and one AS365N3, plus two AS350B3 for aerial work only. Typical local orography makes HEMS missions very demanding. In particular mountains and tight valleys could introduce an high risk level to guarantee HEMS capabilities through 24H. In every valleys there is at least one HEMS helipad for night operations, managed by SocietÓ Aeroporto Caproni (local airport public company) flyable only with VFR rules due to lack of navigational aid. In order to improve availability of HEMS service, SOCIET└ AEROPORTO CAPRONI Spa in conjuction with PAT NUCLEO ELICOTTERI VVF won a GSA call for the development of new PBN route and to upgrade the avionics of the two AW139 to exploit it. Our project aims to demonstrate the power of PBN navigation with satellite navigation for improvement of reliability and availability of HEMS service through mountain areas with GSA procurement funding mechanism.

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