NPA 2015-01

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) implementation in the European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN)

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) addresses the safety, interoperability, proportionality and coordination issues related to the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) within European airspace.

The specific objective is to ensure a safe, efficient and harmonised implementation of specific PBN specifications and functionality in the European ATM Network (EATMN). In achieving this objective, the proposal, which extends the PBN implementation requirements beyond the 24 EU aerodromes as required by the Pilot Common Project Regulation, mitigates the risks associated with a non-harmonised implementation, thus ensuring a smooth transition to PBN operations, fully supporting the implementation of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan. The proposal builds on the accepted conclusions defining the navigation specifications and functionality that should be implemented in the European airspace, resulting from a previous European Commission mandate issued to EUROCONTROL for the preparation of a Single European Sky interoperability Implementing Regulation for PBN.

This NPA proposes that Air Traffic Service Providers (ATSPs) and aerodrome operators implement:

- PBN Standard Instrument Departure (SID)/Standard Instrument Arrival (STAR) and Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes as required to meet locally defined performance objectives that conform to RNP1 perfomance requirements as of December 2018; and

- PBN approach procedures with vertical guidance (APV) (RNP APCH) at all instrument runway ends where there are currently only non-precision approach procedures published before January 2024.

Aircraft operators wishing to operate these routes and procedures will be required to ensure that their aircraft and filght crew are approved for PBN operations.

This proposal is expected to increase safety, improve harmonisation of PBN operation and be consistent with the ATM Functionality AF 1 — ‘Extended AMAN and PBN in high density TMAs; of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 — ‘Pilot Common Project’.