Forget NextGen: ICAO looks to promote PBN to rest of the world

It’s easy to get caught up in NextGen and SESAR, and forget that satellite-based navigation is (and will increasingly be) a topic globally. While the U.S. and western Europe surely have the most congested airspace, there’s no doubt that efficiency in flight movements is an issue anywhere that radar is in use.

With this in mind, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) persuaded some of its key member-associations to sign a declaration earlier this month, calling for the worldwide adoption of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) procedures. (This phrase seems to be gaining ground as an umbrella term for concepts and procedures that include RNP and RNAV — both more widely used in the U.S.)

ICAO’s press release — including the declaration text — can be found here; it’s interesting who was invited to sign the document:

  • Roberto Kobeh González, Council President, ICAO
  • Alexander ter Kuile, Secretary General, CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization)
  • Capt. Carlos Limon, President, IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations)
  • François Gayet, Chairman, ICCALA (International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations)
  • Matthew S. Zuccaro, President, IFHA (International Federation of Helicopter Associations)
  • Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO, IATA (International Air Transport Association)
  • Marc Baumgartner, President & CEO, IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations)
  • Donald D. Spruston, Director General, IBAC (International Business Aviation Council)
  • Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI (Airports Council International)
  • William R. Voss, President & CEO, Flight Safety Foundation
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