GE pledges RNP boost for India

GE Aviation will be providing technical support to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to accelerate the deployment of the Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight paths nationwide.

The two partners will work together through a US Trade and Development Agency grant to deploy the procedures at the Bangalore, Mangalore and Gauhati airports to improve the airspace efficiency.

GE Aviation will also work with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to support RNP operations approval for a domestic airline. Once the flight paths are deployed and in use, a report documenting the actual benefits of the flight paths will be published.

The use of the Required Navigation Performance flight paths is expected to alleviate air traffic congestion and reduce excess fuel burnout, noise levels around airports as well as the flight delays due to increased traffic.

“India has more than 50 mid-sized airports, including Mangalore, which could benefit immediately with track mile and fuel savings from RNP,” said GE Aviation’s Giovanni Spitale. “In the longer run, India could realise 80,000 tons of fuel and 2.52 lakh tons of Carbon Dioxide reduced annually by implementing RNP across the country.”

Bangalore is the nation’s fourth busiest airport for overall passenger traffic and may benefit from the capacity improvements promoted by RNP procedures.

The Performance Based Navigation (PBN) technology allows the pilots to use on board technology to follow a precise track, independent of ground-based navigation aids that limit where the aircraft can go.


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