Partner for progress on PBN implementation: CANSO

CANSO Director General Graham Lake has called on aviation stakeholders to “partner for progress” and expedite the implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN).
In his keynote speech during the PBN Summit, hosted by GE Aviation´s PBN Services in Seattle 26-28 September, Lake said that even though the benefits of PBN are well recognised, the current rate of implementation around the world is “woefully slow”.
ICAO resolution A37-11 calls for implementation of Global Navigation Satellite Service (GNSS) approach procedures with vertical guidance (APV) including LNAV only minima, for all instrument runway ends, either as the primary approach or as a back-up for precision approaches by 2016.
The first intermediate milestone of 30 per cent by 2010 has not been realised and the current rate of implementation suggests that the second milestone of 70 per cent by 2014 is unlikely. At present, the implementation of PBN stands at around 15 per cent in North America, while outside the Americas the figure is less than 10 per cent.
“It has been 16 years since the first PBN approaches were flown in Alaska, and in that time PBN has been proven to permit safer, more efficient and more environmentally effective aircraft operations,” said Mr Lake. “So why do we continue to accept a less safe air transport system than we are capable of?”
Lake went on to say that collaboration is the key to expediting the implementation of PBN. He noted that like with any other transformative technology or procedure, such as ATM data link or Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), aviation stakeholders – the regulators, air navigation service providers, aircraft operators and airports – need to partner for progress.
However, such partnerships are not always easy to form. In a presentation on the governance of airspace, Lake explained that the regulatory landscape, combined with the complex relationships between stakeholders, can act as a political roadblock to the delivery of operational improvements.
“The fact that the regulators are not optimised to support globally interdependent activities is very much at the core of the problem,” he said.
Further building on the theme of partnerships, Lake took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of cultivating relationships with local communities on the issues that matter to them most, such as aircraft noise.
“Early engagement can help avoid infrastructure and airspace optimisation projects being derailed in later stages of planning.” Mr Lake concluded: “It´s time to transform ATM performance. It´s time for our industry to partner for progress.”

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