Title: RNAV and RNP AR approach systems: the case for Pico Island airport

Authors: Duarte M.C. Medeiros; Jorge M.R. Silva; Kouamana Bousson

Addresses: Department of Aerospace Sciences, University of Beira Interior, 6200-358 Covilhã, Portugal. ' Department of Aerospace Sciences, University of Beira Interior, 6200-358 Covilhã, Portugal. ' Department of Aerospace Sciences, University of Beira Interior, 6200-358 Covilhã, Portugal

Abstract: This paper deals with the viability analysis of the implementation of RNAV and RNP AR approaches to Pico Island airport in the Azorean archipelago. The main objective is to prove that this new type of approach technology can be implemented in the Azorean islands airports in accordance with the ICAO rules providing an increase in safety and lowering approach minima thus reducing the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the traditional approach systems.

Keywords: RNP AR approach systems; area navigation; APV approach systems; ICAO rules; Pico Island airport; Azores; required navigation performance; authorization required; approach procedures; vertical guidance; aircraft approach.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAM.2012.045738

International Journal of Aviation Management, 2012 Vol.1 No.3, pp.181 - 200

Available online: 02 Mar 2012 *

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