Introduction to IFP and PBN

Also when you are not an Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) designer, basic knowledge of IFP and knowledge of the developments in Performance-based Navigation (PBN) will be useful when you are involved in operational safety, risk assessment or policy making.

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Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the basics of navigation;
  • understand the difference between conventional navigation and Area Navigation;
  • understand the types of Instrument Flight Procedures, their purpose and development process;
  • understand the ideas behind ICAO PBN Concept;
  • structure the basic information regarding RNAV systems and their application; and
  • understand the PBN navigation specifications and PBN future developments

Whether your organization is a Civil Aviation Authority, Airline, Air Navigation Service Provider responsible for PBN implementation or an airport, this training will provide the means to understand and structure the information regarding instrument flight procedures, their purpose and development, as well as most necessary general information regarding Performance Based Navigation and its implementation aspects.

The training is designed for:

  • Personnel of an ANSP that deals with AIP charts/procedures but does not participate in their development (AIS staff non IFP Designers, ATC, airspace management staff, safety managers who perform safety assessments regarding implementation of ATM procedures/IFP);
  • Government representatives responsible for the development of local airports;
  • Managers who are responsible for the management of PBN navigation specifications and procedures;
  • Airline staff that deals with the preparation of cockpit information, and processing of AIP and aeronautical charts, as well as pilots;
  • CAA personnel who deal with airspace management, safety assessment of ATM procedures and also obstacle issues;
  • Airport management staff that deals with obstacles assessment issues and planning.
Anna Kurlanc works for the Dutch Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) in Amsterdam, at the Air Transport Safety Institute (NLR-ATSI). Her main expertise is strongly related to instrument flight procedures and obstacle assessments. She also takes part in safety assessments, flight procedures evaluations and verifications.

Between year 2002 and 2007 she worked for the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) in Warsaw, the Polish ANSP, as one of the Instrument Procedures Designers. Her expertise was also valued by the Polish company Polconsult that provides services in the airport planning. For a period of one year she provided consultancy for this company in the field of runway layout planning and navigation aids location planning for new and existing regional airports in Poland.

She has a M.Sc in Aviation from the National Defence University in Warsaw/Poland.
Franca Pavličević works for Eurocontrol as Head of Navigation and CNS Research (DSR/CMM). Formerly an air traffic controller and airspace planner who has also worked in Africa and the Middle East, her more recent career has evolved through airspace design and planning across Europe, through strategic airspace concept development to specialising in navigation applications. A specialist in Performance Based Navigation (PBN), particularly en route and terminal, she was involved in the development of ICAO’s Performance-Based Navigation Concept and is a member of the PBN Study Group (PBNSG). She is also the Eurocontrol member to ICAO’s Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP). She has a bachelor’s degree in law and an M.Sc in Airport Planning.

A unique course that will bring understanding of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) and related subjects such as methods of navigation (conventional and Area Navigation), IFP types and their purpose (approach, Standard Instrument Departures and Standard Arrivals (SIDs and STARs)), what are the main steps to develop them and which international regulations define the design process. Special attention is given to the PBN Concept in order to enable easier understanding of the related aspects such as PBN applications, Navigation Specifications etc.

The training is divided into two general modules. The first module provides a sound introduction to the Instrument Flight Procedures subject. It presents the basic knowledge regarding the conventional navigation and compares it with Area Navigation. It defines the types of flight procedures, and describes fundamentals of flight procedure design process.

The second module introduces the concept of Performance-based Navigation and basic theory of the Area Navigation. It will further elaborate on the types of RNAV system, introduction of PBN with the PBN roadmap, types of flight procedures based on PBN, requirements for the aircraft approval and operations, as well as safety assessment of PBN procedures (i.e. FOSA etc.). We are aware that not all the guidelines and instructions are already developed, this often causes problems in the local PBN implementation. Therefore, we will also discuss the issues related to the current status of ICAO regulations regarding PBN.

It is not intended to provide a full training on how to design flight procedures; instead, we offer a course that provides the stakeholders in the realisation of PBN-based procedures with sufficient background and know-how concerning the flight procedure design process and associated aspects such as safety of operations, obstacles issues, navigation types, to support their decision making processes.

The majority of theoretical information will be presented in a number of lectures. In addition to this, every participant will be given the handouts of the presentations with additional information and notes that can be useful also after the training. At the same time, we provide an interactive training with sufficient time for questions and additional discussions that enable sharing the information between attendees. Parts of the sessions are assisted by exercises that facilitate capturing the knowledge and new information. We ask you to participate actively, share your experience and dare to ask questions.

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