The flight paths and procedures are designed and developed according to standards set by Transport Canada and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure a high level of safety.
Airspace Change Communications and Consultation Protocol (ACCCP)
The ACCCP was developed jointly by a number of Canadian airports and NAV CANADA to address community communication and consultation requirements related to changes to the airspace. It outlines when and how the aviation industry communicates and consults during airspace changes and defines roles and responsibilities of the parties involved.
Community Design Principles
Following the adoption of the ACCCP, the YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee (ANMC) identified “community design principles”, which are intended to help airspace designers incorporate community considerations whenever flexibility exists to minimize disturbance on communities without compromising safety.
Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
PBN is becoming the new worldwide standard for aircraft navigation. By using GPS technology and sophisticated avionics, PBN offers enhanced efficiency and precision and reduced environmental impact.
Under PBN, there are two types of navigation technologies:
o Area Navigation (RNAV)
o Requirement Navigation Performance (RNP)
RNP is more precise between two as aircraft systems monitor and adjust to keep the aircraft on a defined flight path. NAV CANADA is developing RNP arrival procedures for airports across Canada.