Safety of Vertical Navigation on Final Approach Workshop

Safety of Vertical Navigation on Final Approach Workshop

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager navigation and operational safety teams in collaboration with relevant aviation industry entities are jointly organising a workshop on how to maintain or improve the safety level of PBN based final approach operations with (barometric) vertical guidance.

Performance Based Operation (PBN) was introduced in the approach phase of flight for safety reasons in order to reduce controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).

RNP approach is the most common PBN approach and mandated by the Performance-Based Navigation Implementing Regulations (PBN IR). RNP approaches are enabled by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) but come in two major technical variants. Vertical guidance is either supplied using additional barometric inputs or using geometric guidance available through SBAS (Space Based Augmentation System).

Most modern aircraft have vertical navigation capability using barometric inputs. This means that a large part of the commercial air transport fleet is equipped. Such avionics can provide both lateral and vertical guidance and provide better access and lower minima to runways. However, barometric vertical guidance is dependent on a correct setting of local barometric pressure.

What to expect

The objective of the workshop is to discuss operational experiences and best practices in ensuring safety of vertical navigation during final approach (using barometric altitude and alternatives). This will include examining case studies of use of incorrect barometric altitude in approach.


You can find the agenda below, or download it as a PDF.

Time Session Presenter
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Speech Iacopo Prissinotti, Director NM
09:10 - 09:30 Intro - RNP approach operations & fleet equipage EUROCONTROL / ESSP
09:30 - 10:00 Safety incidents with RNP APCH using Baro-VNAV Thierry Rozec, Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA)
10:00 - 10:30 From safety risk assessment to safety actions, NSA & ANSP View Muriel Broussy, DSNA / Yoni Malka, DSAC
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Pilots Perspective Henrik Ekstrand, Novair / Marco van Roon, Transavia
11:30 - 12:00 Pilots Perspective Moritz Buerger, European Cockpit Association (ECA)
12:00 - 12:30 ANSP View & ATC Tools Roman Kienast, Austro Control
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 ANSP View & ATC Tools Bart Banning, LVNL
14:00 – 14:30 ANSP View & ATC Tools Adam Exley, NATS
14:30 - 15:00 Manufacturer View Dirk De Winter / Julien Bernage, Airbus
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:00 Manufacturer View Mark Brown / David Zeitouni, Boeing
16:00 - 16:30 EASA View Raúl Sanchez, EASA
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up & Conclusions

Join us

Participants will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding on the operational safety perspective of barometric vertical based PBN operations with views from aircraft/avionics manufacturers, operators (pilots), ANSP (air traffic controllers) and other organisations.


The workshop and its contents are designed for navigation experts, operational safety experts, ATM and flight operations procedures designers, avionics & airframe manufacturers, pilots (and their associations), ANSPs including air traffic controllers and regulators. If you fall in any of these groups or are interested in learning more about safety of vertical navigation during final approach, please register via the form below.

Only registered attendees will be granted access to the event.

Register now

Please note that to comply with our security measures while coming on site, we do need you to provide in advance your date of birth, and your nationality. Rest assured that this information will solely be used for security reasons.

We take data management seriously.
At EUROCONTROL, we manage your data responsibly and do not provide it to third parties. We only use and process your data to answer your question and for quality control purposes. We apply our internal data protection rules, which are aligned with the General Data Protection Regulation, to all of our data-processing. Read our full privacy and data protection policy to learn more.