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FAA Publishes 55 New PBN Routes

Nov 26, 2018
Stacy Honda, Marketing Manager

The collective and individual benefits of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) are wide-reaching, well-documented, and nearly indispensable. It is proven to save fuel, relieve congestion, and reduce delays at many airports, domestic and international. The world is relying on PBN for airport access and operational safety.

Throughout the United States, the two primary components of PBN, Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP), are being implemented at various airports. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) PBN expansion efforts are focused on 11 metroplexes – metropolitan areas where crowded airspace has to serve the needs of multiple airports. As of today, the FAA has published more than 9,300 PBN procedures and routes.

Recent PBN Route Additions

On 08 November 2018, the FAA published 55 new PBN routes in their work to modernize the air traffic control system. SBAS-equipped aircraft can now fly new routes – from North Carolina/South Carolina, south to Florida and the Caribbean. With this added PBN capability, flights between the Northeast and larger airports in Florida and the Caribbean are more direct, efficient, and safer.

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN):
An advanced, satellite-enabled form of air navigation that creates precise 3-D flight paths.

  • Enhances safety
  • Increases efficiency
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Reduces costs

As part of the FAA’s South-Central Florida Metroplex initiative, the Metroplex team designed 39 of the new routes over water and 16 over land. More information regarding the South-Central Florida Metroplex can be found on the FAA’s website. Image Courtesy of the FAA

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The new routes along with the previously existing PBN procedures are part of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, or “NextGen.” Per the FAA, “NextGen is moving the National Airspace System from ground-based radar to satellite-based navigation, from voice to digital communication, and from point-to-point data to a fully integrated information management system.”

SBAS-FMS Upgrade

PBN leverages the technologies of traditional GPS, augmented GPS systems like WAAS and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), and Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS). With a UA SBAS–FMS upgrade, you’ll gain PBN capability including P-RNAV compliance and RNP/RNAV up to 0.3 NM approach accuracy. The UA SBAS-FMS is the most widely Supplemental Type Certified (STC) FMS, approved on over 50 aircraft types. Contact your UA Sales Representative today to learn more about current upgrade and trade-in programs.

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