The HEDGE consortium consists of nine partners combining technical and management consulting companies with research and development specialist and operators of helicopters and airplanes.
Helios is an aviation consultancy based in Farnborough in the UK with a great deal of experience in the areas of navigation, GNSS, aircraft operations and the use of GNSS on helicopters. Helios is the consortium and project manager for this project, and will also organise the general preparation work and the SOAP procedure development and demonstration.
Pildo Labs was founded in 2001 is based in Barcelona (Spain). Pildo Labs is a significant European company in telecommunications and systems & software engineering for critical sectors. Pildo Labs delivers services as a consultancy, as basic engineering or as key-in-hand, fully operative systems, and is active in all phases of development (from conception to maintenance). Pildo Labs plays a key role in GNSS for aviation in Europe, especially in the validation phase, thanks to its independence and technical capability to implement the most convenient solutions to the full satisfaction of the final user. Pildo Labs acts as leader of the Mountain rescue development and demonstration, the small aircraft and general aviation demonstrations, and the ADS-B demonstration.
Capital High Tech is a private consultancy company specialising in the management of innovation processes, particularly in the area of Satellite Applications. Major services include support to start-up creations, coaching of innovative SMEs for the building and the implementation of ambitious and innovative business development plans, project management in the area of innovation management and technology transfer studies in order to identify the outcome of research projects which could be used to boost additional economic development. Capital High Tech will be involved in addressing issues with helicopter airworthiness approvals and certification.
TAF Helicopters is the 3rd largest helicopter operator in Spain. The company has its headquarters in Sabadell Airport near Barcelona in Spain. TAF operates and maintains 25 Helicopters, all of which are Eurocopter models like the AS350B series, AS355 series and EC135. TAF is focused on emergency interventions like HEMS, rescue, fire fighting but too in aerial works, support to industry and maintenance of helicopters. TAF has between 87 and 120 collaborators depending the season of the year. TAF is always concerned to improve the safety of their operations, which is the reason for their involvement in this project.
PANSA (Polish Air Navigation Services Agency) is the air navigation service provider (ANSP) for Poland. The area of PANSA's activity is the Flight Information Region Warszawa better known as FIR WARSZAWA. Its border on the ground coincides with the state's border, and in the North, it goes beyond Polish territorial waters until it meets neighboring FIRs. PANSA is a key partner in the work to develop and demonstrate a General Aviation EGNOS APV approach Poland.
Royal Star was set up in 1995 year in Debica, Poland. They started their business activity with the production of ventilation-air conditioning and refrigerating systems and now have a strong position in this area in Poland. In 2003, they started with the aviation division (Royal Star-Aero located in Mielec, Poland). Their employees are highly motivated, well trained people, for whom aviation is not only a job, but a hobby as well. Because of high quality of their training, they are one of the best flight schools in Poland. Their main activities are: pilot training (PPL(A), CPL(A), ATPL(A) frozen, IR(A), FI), technical staff training, engine overhauls and repairs and airplane repairs. Royal-Star is participating in ‘General Aviation EGNOS APV Development and Demonstration in Poland’. They are in charge of the technical consultations in design of on-board equipment, the on-board installation at aircraft, and the demonstration.
Aeroclub de Sabadell was created on 1953 in a merger between the Barcelona Aeroclub, founded on 1930, and the Sabadell Aeroclub, founded on 1931. Nowadays it has modern and appropriate installations necessary for the activity generated by a large aircraft fleet (39 vehicles), 13 hangars, its own maintenance workshop, a Bar-Restaurant and spaces for learning and recreation. Barcelona-Sabadell Aeroclub serves about 1000 partners of different flight modes, and it has been a pioneer in pilot training (more than 4000 pilots) and continuously organizes many training courses. The Aeroclub is participating in the ‘General Aviation EGNOS APV Development and Demonstration in Spain’ Work Package. They are in charge of the installation of the equipment in the aircraft and the demonstration.
Rega, the Swiss Air Ambulance Ltd, is the main provider of airborne emergency medical services in Switzerland. Rega is supporting the HEMS activities as a HEMS operator using the new AW 109 Grand Rega Helicopter equipped with an EASA certified EGNOS Receiver. Regawill play a key role in the demonstrations related to HEMS approaches and the Navigation / Surveillance concept development. These demonstrations will take place in Switzerland.
Helileo was founded in 2008 and is located in Dax, France. Helileo will make use of the 25 EC120 helicopters fleet used for the initial two-year training of the French Army Helicopters Pilots, to test and validate, on real field conditions, the performance of European GNSS equipment and applications (GPS, EGNOS and GALILEO). By doing so, HELILEO will benefit from a large typology of experimental fields (Mountains, sea, frontiers, forests, ...) and from a closed aerial Flight corridor at any altitude. Helileo is in charge of data gathering and analysis activities.