Final approach operations symposium

31 January 2017 to 2 February 2017

ICAO, EASA and EUROCONTROL jointly hosted a Final approach operations symposium from 31 January to 2 February 2017. This event was held in the EUROCONTROL premises in Brussels, Belgium.

The focus of the symposium is to clarify the complex interactions in the final approach phase of a flight between multiple stakeholders and actors such as airports, ANSPs, airspace users, procedure designers or regulators and the need to consider the impact of making changes in this flight phase. Increasingly, the number of possibilities for performing final approach operations - due to PBN and innovative technical solutions based on GNSS and advanced avionics - is blurring the borders between the once clear-cut non-precision and precision approach landscapes. New possibilities for transitioning to and executing the final approach phase promise fuel and noise advantages and better airport access in all visibilities.

The symposium aims to include sessions or discussions dedicated to:

  • introduction of the recent ICAO changes for Final Approaches;
  • the challenges of transitioning from NPAs to modern 2D/3D approaches;
  • procedure design, validation and ATM aspects;
  • airborne and airport aspects on the transition to final approach;
  • Performance Based Aerodrome Operations.

The need for such a symposium has become increasingly evident, not only due to multiple actors, greater complexity of technological ‘cross-over’ solutions or the need to find efficient applications for this flight phase without rendering operations too complex for operational users; more importantly, perhaps, is the need to bring together two key final approach communities – PBN and non-PBN – that have traditionally worked ‘separately’, for understandable reasons. Finding a common understanding is crucial to exploit the varied opportunities available in this flight phase, find effective synergies and grasp their complementary aspects. This has become more and more visible, as borne out of discussions/submissions to groups or regulatory endeavours such as:

  • the ICAO EUR/NAT PBN Task Force;
  • ICAO EANPG All Weather Operations Group (AWOG);
  • EUROCONTROL Navigation Steering Group (NSG);
  • EUROCONTROL RNAV Approach Implementation Support Group (RAISG);
  • EUROCONTROL Landing and Take-Off Task Force (LATO);
  • International GBAS Working Group (I-GWG); and
  • the EASA AWO rulemaking task

Summary

We have summarised the outcomes of the event including the key points, conclusions and actions ahead. The document is available for download below:

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Presentations

Day 1 - 31 January 2017

Topic and speaker Presentation

General session (10:00 - 12:30)

Access to an Airport - Challenges and Options
Aline Troadec, EUROCONTROL
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Technology overview
Andreas Lipp, EUROCONTROL
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ICAO framework and approach classification
Charlie Eliot, EUROCONTROL
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EASA enabling Final Approach Procedures
VasileIos Stefanioros, Bryan Jolly, Hette Hoekema, EASA
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The challenges of modern approaches, from NPA/PA to 2D/3D operations - ANS perspective (13:30 - 17:00)

Comparison of approach procedures relying on different navigation infrastructure
Marc Troller, skyguide
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Side effects of the new classification scheme
Rick Farnworth, EUROCONTROL
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Using the new approach classification
Vasileios Stefanioros, EASA
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Network manager and arrival capacity aspects
Matthis Birenheide, EUROCONTROL
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Low visibility operations, Optimised operations enabled by GBAS and their effect on runway capacity as investigated in SESAR
Lendina Smaja, EUROCONTROL
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Day 2 - 01 February 2017

Topic and speaker Presentation

The challenges of modern approaches, from NPA/PA to 2D/3D operations - airborne perspective (09:00 - 12:30)

Pilot competency for exercising modern approaches
Francesco Gaetani, EASA
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RNP established - RNPe
Rob Root, Boeing
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New generation aircraft in the instrument approach domain
Jean-Christoph Lair, Airbus
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Operation Credit for Advanced Aircraft Equipment - Improving Accessibility at Secondary Airports
Jean-Philippe Ramu, NetJets (on behalf of Olivier Baudson, Dassault) and Jolana Dvorska, Honeywell
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The link between ANSP needs and avionics deployments
Benoît Roturier, DSNA
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Distance-to-threshold indication requirements
Andreas Lipp, EUROCONTROL
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Perspective of IFALPA on transition from NPA/PA to 2D/3D
Cpt. Stefan Fiedler, IFALPA
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Procedure design, validation and ATM aspects (13:30 - 17:00)

LP vs LPV issue
Rick Farnworth, EUROCONTROL
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Some confusions in PBN
Beat Zimmermann, ANI
 
FLTOPSP plans for performance Based Aerodrome Operations
Ian Knowles, ICAO
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ATM aspects of Parallel-, Missed Approach and Departure
Dragos Tonea, EUROCONTROL
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Day 3 - 02 February 2017

Topic and speaker Presentation

Transition to Final Approach (09:00 - 12:30)

Framework and standardisation aspects - transitions
David deSmedt, EUROCONTROL
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ATC/ATM (incl. parallel approach) aspects – clearances, safety nets, “loss” of flexibility
Charlie Eliot, EUROCONTROL
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RNP 0.3 outside FAF?
Rick Farnworth, EUROCONTROL
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PBN to ILS from a data house perspective
Martin Zillig, LIDO
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San Francisco RNP to GLS Demonstration
Bechara Mallouk, Boeing
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Lufthansa SESAR AAL Trials
Frank Nagel, Lufthansa
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R&D activities for advanced procedures using GBAS in ENRI
Takayuki Yoshihara, ENRI
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Session summaries

Summary from day 1 - What we take away - way forward
Gernot Kessler, EASA
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Summary from day 1 -Major duscussions and what is worthwhile to resolve
Stefan Naerlich, DFS
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Summary from day 2 - Summary and Personal Feeling
Beat Zimmermann, IFPP chair
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Venue/location

EUROCONTROL Headquarters

Rue de la Fusée 96
1130 Brussels
Belgium