Civil Aviation Secretary inaugurates ICAO PBN Workshop at IAA

Civil Aviation Secretary inaugurates ICAO PBN Workshop at IAA
Civil Aviation Secretary inaugurates ICAO PBN Workshop at IAA

Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation inaugurated the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Workshop for ATCOs at the Indian Aviation Academy, Vasant Junj, New Delhi in the presence of Shri. Anuj Aggarwal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India; Shri. I. N. Murthy, Member (Operations) and Shri. Vineet Gulati, Member (Air Navigation Services), AAI. Assisted by PBN experts of AAI; Mr. Raphael Guillet and Mr. HuHo Ha from ICAO Sub-Regional Office Beijing, are imparting training. This workshop is being attended by delegates from CAA Nepal, DGCA India and Air Traffic Controllers from 44 airports in India. The workshop is scheduled to be held between 15th-18th October 2019.

While welcoming the participants and ICAO Instructors, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, stressed upon the need for AAI to implement PBN in accordance with ICAO Plans and national needs.

Performance Based Navigation is an integral part of Air Traffic Management. The implementation of PBN is the highest air navigation priority for ICAO. PBN is also an important element in Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs). AAI in collaboration with ICAO Sub-regional Office, is conducting the workshop for air traffic controllers. The workshop will enable the ATC Officers to appreciate as to how PBN enables:

  • flexible route structures which allow for more efficient flight paths and result in reduced fuel burn and emissions
  • access to airspace and runways that are limited or not achievable by conventional navigation aid (NAVAID) infrastructure
  • improved safety through more straight in-instrument approaches with vertical guidance, therefore, increased airspace capacity
  • increased airport accessibility, hence, more efficient operations
  • reduced infrastructure costs (for example the reduction of conventional procedures (sensor-specific VOR or non-directional radio beacon) and routes enables a reduction in legacy infrastructure
  • reduced environmental impact through lesser fuel burn and lesser CO2 emissions

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