Performance Based Navigation

July 16, 2012 - 4:25pm

Filing an ICAO flight plan will become a bit more complicated this fall, if you file them by hand. Gone will be the old days of telling a flight service station that your aircraft is a slant “A” or a slant “R.” 

March 23, 2012 - 11:46am
Airspace changes to improve efficiency and safety

NextGen’s Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is at the heart of new airspace designs for Northern California. The new routes will improve the flow of air traffic into and out of San Francisco International, San Jose, Sacramento and Oakland.

October 3, 2011 - 4:54pm
Southwest Airlines has flown RNP approaches on just 1 percent of its operations,

Southwest Airlines’ ambitious fleetwide implementation of required navigation performance (RNP) operations is making slow progress. Since initiating flights in January using the precision approach procedures to save track miles and fuel, the airline’s use of RNP represents just 1 percent of its daily operations, said Capt. David Newton, Southwest senior manager of airspace.

May 27, 2011 - 8:50am

A joint effort by the FAA and industry aimed at integrating airspace and deconflicting traffic flows over major metropolitan areas is making progress, according to participants.

Study teams have completed work at the first two of 21 identified “metroplex” sites–metropolitan areas with multiple airports and municipalities–designated by the FAA through the Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) initiative.

May 16, 2011 - 7:37am
RNP-capable aircraft can fly approaches within a tight, linear containment ar...

GE Aviation published its second “public-use” required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedure in the U.S., now available for operations into Deadhorse Airport, Alaska. The company is developing a third public-use RNP procedure at Dallas Love Field as part of an air traffic management trial there.

May 2, 2011 - 5:45am
Out of the some two dozen major candidate metroplexes, this year’s OAPM studi...

A nationwide effort to “de-conflict” airspace in major metropolitan areas using existing technology and procedures is progressing, with studies completed at the first two of several designated sites.

December 23, 2009 - 6:30am

GE Aviation acquired Naverus, the Kent, Wash.-based supplier of performance-based navigation (PBN) services. Among these services are required navigation performance (RNP) procedure development, PBN procedure maintenance, operations support and consulting for airlines, air navigation service providers and airports.

January 30, 2009 - 4:53am

The FAA has delayed until March 12 implementation of a new low-altitude area navigation route (Rnav), T-254, in the vicinity of the Houston terminal area. The delay is needed for additional processing and charting time. The route was scheduled to take effect January 15.

July 31, 2008 - 7:30am

The FAA has released a road map for performance-based navigation that will enable pilots to use Rnav and RNP procedures in all phases of flight in the National Airspace System by 2020, leaving only a minimal network of ground-based navaids in place. In the near term (2003 to 2006), the first set of public Rnav and RNP guidelines will be implemented as the FAA continues to work on more widespread operations.

May 7, 2008 - 5:21am

In late summer, Jeff Williams, manager of the FAA’s newly established required navigation performance (RNP) program office, briefed a government/industry specialist group on the agency’s implementation for a nationwide public RNP plan.

 
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