Press Release
25 November 2008
JetPro Completes Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Instrument Procedure Development to Eight Airports

JetPro, an Alberta based engineering firm specializing in satellite-based instrument approach and departure procedure design, has successfully completed the development of Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) instrument approaches to eight airports in Canada. JetPro is the first organization in Canada to provide a totally integrated, precision GPS (Global Positioning System) instrument approach design and flight checking capability.

Sixteen WAAS approaches have been designed and flight checked by JetPro. The design process starts with a precision runway survey to determine the exact position of the runway thresholds. Then, using Transport Canada/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved design criteria, the instrument procedure is designed using the all digital techniques and software developed by JetPro. The procedures then are flight checked using specialized flight check equipment installed in an aircraft modified for WAAS flight checking. Finally, the procedures are submitted for publication in the Canada Air Pilot (CAP), Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP) or other publications such as Jeppesen.

"The introduction of WAAS instrument approaches is an exciting and revolutionary use of satellite-based navigation in Canada" said Ed McDonald, P.Eng., MBA. President of JetPro. "WAAS provides a precision approach capability that is superior to the venerable Instrument Landing System (ILS). No ground infrastructure investment is required yet the airport gets the benefit of ILS-like capability approach to approach minimums as low as 250 ft. Both the airport operator and the air carrier also enjoy the benefit of increased safety in the approach and landing phase with these vertically-guided approaches".

JetPro will be completing another four airports and six WAAS approaches during the balance of 2008. This includes WAAS approaches to some challenging mountain airports in Western Canada.

In 2009, JetPro anticipates implementing approximately sixty WAAS approaches at new and existing client sites throughout Canada.

"JetPro has made a major investment in providing our clients a completely integrated, turn-key solution from the runway survey, to the computer-aided design, through to flight checking. Our flight checking capability is particularly unique as JetPro is the only non-NAV CANADA organization in Canada with this capability". In addition to the technical capabilities, JetPro has over ten experienced procedure designers on staff including two professional engineers.

WAAS approaches provide airport operators with an ILS capability for the cost of procedure development with no airport infrastructure required. Airport operator clients include resource companies that own and operate their own airfields; community airports that seek the operational and economic advantages of GPS/WAAS approaches to their airports to support commercial and medical evacuations; and air carriers that see new market opportunities by introducing the safety and reliability of GPS approach and departure procedures to airports for their clients.

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