European Aeronautical Group
Beginning in 1946, when Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was founded, SAS Flight Support (SFS) was established as a natural part of the SAS flight operations department. At that time, navigation was carried out by means of simple fundamental methods and tools. In addition to the relatively basic instrument flying, visual control of position was almost as important as "dead reckoning" to determine position using a sextant and astronomical almanacs. SFS was tasked with compiling navigation information from government authorities. It added to this information to create charts of landing areas and airports using the observations of the SAS crews and other staff members. These charts gave highly detailed descriptions of the appearance of landing areas annotated with precise information, such as coordinates.
Later, demands for improved weather information and instrument flying resulted in new products and standards. Early on, mathematical calculations relating to fuel consumption and weight became just as crucial as they are today. Over the first few decades, most of the work on SFS products was carried out manually and supplied as individual written documents or in small print runs.
In 1957, SFS supported the first commercial scheduled flights over the North Pole. These flights demanded great precision both from the crews in the air and from the people on the ground that produced the calculation and navigation documentation. Over time, polar navigation became more and more common. Polar navigation was routinely supported through 1991, when Siberian airspace was opened up, providing for more expedient routes.
Through the years, SFS gained its knowledge by creating a rich resource through pilots, navigators, air-traffic controllers, dispatchers, graphic artists, meteorologists, flying instructors, engineers, programmers, logistics experts and many, many more specialists to guarantee its products' quality and continued enhancement to ensure safe navigation.
In 1995, SAS incorporated SFS as an independent subsidiary and in 2005 acquired Thales Aeronautical Services Group forming a new company, European Aeronautical Group.
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