The FAA does not require a letter of authorization to fly a localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach within the U.S. However, guidance for flying in other parts of the world–such as in Europe where the number of LPV approaches is growing–is not nearly as clear and straightforward.
Despite the overall authority of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), each European state has its own aviation regulatory agency that deals with approach approval. Jim Johnson from Honeywell’s Flight Tech Services division offered a few suggestions to help operators better understand European regulatory demands. Operations in Europe essentially mean carrying documentation at all times to prove the aircraft and the crew meet compliance standards of the particular country. This requirement flies in the face of the deviation the FAA filed from ICAO requirements that do not require Part 91 operators to obtain approval for any performance based navigation (PBN) procedures.
“Airworthiness documentation may also include AFM, STC or aircraft operating manual information that proves the aircraft is approved for LPV,” Johnson explained. “Flight crew compliance may include operating procedures/manuals, the MEL, and training records.”
Questions related to LPV procedures in a specific country should be directed to that country’s regulatory body.