ATC Global: GE Aviation customises PBN service

GE Aviation is to support air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world by offering tailor made Performance-based Navigation (PBN) solutions.

“Deploying beneficial PBN is a complex task and ANSPs may require different levels of support throughout the process,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager for GE Aviation’s PBN Services. “Implementing beneficial PBN takes the right mix of tools, data, and expertise. By partnering with GE, ANSPs can fill any gaps within their organization to ensure adherence with ICAO’s Resolution A37-11 deadline of PBN procedures to nearly every runway end by 2016.”

There are many elements unique to PBN design and implementation, versus conventional flight path design, that require experts to ensure operational acceptability, seamless airspace integration, flyability, publication and more. GE provides the expertise and tools to support each step of the PBN implementation process, from pre-design, design and implementation services.

Since 2003, GE has worked with stakeholders around the world to support their PBN deployment efforts. GE pioneered the PBN industry with a full-service design, validation and implementation offering that met the needs of the early adopters of PBN.

Today, as the PBN world has evolved and matured, organizations implementing PBN have more diverse needs for support to complement their internal design capability. Solutions include precise terrain and obstacle data, criteria compliant procedure designs, procedure validation, environmental approval, regulatory approval, FMS coding, flight operational safety assessments, and over 15 other individual PBN offerings.

PBN technology allows aircraft to fly precisely-defined flight paths without relying on ground-based radio-navigation signals. Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures, an advanced form of PBN technology, can be designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, and to reduce fuel burn, exhaust emissions and noise pollution in communities near airports. Because of RNP’s precision and reliability, the technology can help air traffic controllers reduce flight delays and alleviate air traffic congestion.

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