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A New Approach to Aircraft Navigation

Some exciting aviation tech news to share - in partnership with Nav Canada, YVR recently became the first Canadian airport to make new satellite-based Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures available to eligible arriving aircraft. 

All eligible technology-equipped aircraft arriving on YVR’s North Runway (08L) may be permitted to use a new Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedure, a type of PBN, to land. This procedure uses continuous descent and reduced engine thrust to safely land the aircraft. Use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and sophisticated avionics is quickly becoming the new worldwide standard for aircraft navigation, yielding benefits of safety, efficiency and reduced environmental impact in many instances. 

So what does this actually mean? Well now that this system is in place, any aircraft landing at YVR using the new procedure will reduce total flying time by two–to-three minutes and an average of 18 kilometres per flight; save an estimated 100 to 300 litres of fuel per flight, depending on aircraft type; and reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,500 tonnes per year. As the majority of the flight path used for RNP landings on the North Runway is over the water of English Bay and the Strait of Georgia, these changes are not expected to impact aircraft noise levels in populated areas.

Although the number of aircraft landing at YVR using the new RNP procedures will be small initially, this is expected to increase as air traffic control becomes more accustomed to the new procedures and more airlines equip their aircraft with the new technology. 

We look forward to seeing this innovation in action as YVR seeks to meet its own targets for sustainable and efficient airport operations! 
 
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