In line with the objective of putting airlines in the condition of flying in compliance with the highest levels of safety, ENAV, through its own fleet, carries out a detailed check of the quality and accuracy of radio-electric signals for national and international radio aids (Radar, VOR - VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range, DME - Distance Measuring Equipment, VDF - VHF Direction Finder, ILS - Instrument Landing System, GNSS - Global Navigation Satellite System, etc.). It also validates flight instrument procedures, thus providing pilots with the assurance of having safe and efficient navigation thanks to ENAV’s Flight Inspection and Validation Service.
to fulfil the obligations of diligence and the guarantees imposed by international, European and national regulations to safeguard the goods and interests of primary rank involved in the provision of air navigation services;
to protect personnel, infrastructures, and technological systems from acts of illicit interference and actions or events, whether or not deliberate, that may interfere with the availability and integrity of information.
The control activity is carried out by 14 pilots and 7 technicians on board (FIO) through a fleet of Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II aircraft owned by ENAV. The crew is usually composed of 2 pilots and 1 FIO, averaging more than 1,900 flight hours per year. These specially equipped aircraft can perform in-flight checks without the need for ground-based apparatus, obtaining results in real time and always as per international norms. ENAV’s Flight Inspection and Validation Service is also involved in research: the aircraft in the fleet are used as technologically innovative laboratories where tests are carried out on the experimentation and validation of new ATM projects. The high level of performance achieved by the Flight Inspection and Validation Service is also evidenced by the fact that in 2017/2018, about half of the flight activity produced was sold to external customers, of which almost 80% were foreign.
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