Required Navigation Performance

May 7, 2008 - 6:42am

At press time, the FAA’s GPS local-area augmentation system (LAAS) appeared to be hanging in the balance while agency officials were attempting to determine whether there really was a firm industry need for the system.

May 7, 2008 - 6:39am

In one of her first speeches as FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey promised that her five-year term will be driven by data and hard numbers, be consistent across all FAA regions and offices and emphasize the agency’s role in international aviation.

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.

May 5, 2008 - 5:59am

Too often, as their terms of office draw to a close, politicians and political appointees sign into law decisions and future commitments that many might describe as potentially self-serving. But in her last days as FAA Administrator, Jane Garvey characteristically took the high road, by committing the FAA to move expeditiously toward a nationwide public-use required navigation performance (RNP) environment.

April 23, 2008 - 7:07am

The FAA is considering a Boeing proposal that eventually could replace 18 different kinds of instrument approaches with a single, ILS-like procedure. Based on required navigation performance (RNP) and area navigation concepts, the new RNP Rnav approaches would use the aircraft FMS to create procedures that eliminate stepped or non-precision approach paths.

March 28, 2008 - 6:06am

In presenting its 2007 technical achievement award to senior engineer Steve Lindsey for his involvement in developing a flight management system for general aviation, Avidyne has allowed a sneak peek at the heart of the company’s next-generation integrated avionics system, dubbed “Entegra Plus” by some in the industry.

March 25, 2008 - 11:16am

In presenting its 2007 technical achievement award to senior engineer Steve Lindsey for his involvement in developing a flight management system for general aviation, Avidyne has allowed a sneak peek at the heart of the company’s next-generation integrated avionics system, dubbed “Entegra Plus” by some in the industry.

February 8, 2008 - 5:34am

The FAA has granted Honeywell approval to act as a consultant to business jet operators seeking approvals for required navigation performance special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (RNP SAAAR) instrument approach procedures.

January 30, 2008 - 10:55am

When the high-altitude redesign (HAR) portion of the FAA’s national airspace redesign program begins initial implementation this year, it will signal the beginning of the end for dependence on station-to-station navigation between ground-based Vortacs and represent a first step toward Free Flight, the Holy Grail of 21st century airspace management.

January 15, 2008 - 10:19am

Honeywell late last week received FAA designation as a consultant for Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) operational approvals. The move closely follows approval early this month for PlaneView-equipped Gulfstreams to fly RNP SAAAR procedures, which allow more precise approaches and departures, increasing operational efficiency and reducing operating costs, noise and emissions.

 
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