Evaluation of RNAV Visual Flight Procedures for RNP Established Concept

  • Hudak T
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Abstract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has committed to implementing
Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures into and out of airports throughout the
National Airspace System (NAS). RNAV is a key enabler of both near-term
and mid-term benefits, including, but not limited to aircraft efficiency and a
reduction in controller workload. Delta Air Lines (DAL) and air traffic
controllers from the Atlanta Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON)
(A80) collaborated to design special RNAV Visual Flight Procedures (RVFPs)
at The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). These
procedures are designed to increase the efficiency of ATL arrivals in Visual
Meteorological Conditions (VMC) utilizing required navigation performance
(RNP) equipped aircraft. A80 and DAL requested that The MITRE
Corporation's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD)
evaluate the operational acceptability from the controller and pilot perspective
of implementing the proposed RVFPs. The underlying goal of implementing
these RVFPs is to collect operational data needed to perform a safety analysis
to support the FAA's Performance Based Aviation Rulemaking Committee's
(PARC) concept for RNP Established Parallel Approaches.

Author-supplied keywords

  • MITRE
  • RNAV
  • RNP
  • SUA
  • airport

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