Traffic might become more manageable at Europe's airports thanks to the new PBN-IR if EBAA is correct. (File photo)
The European Business Aviation Association publically welcomed the European Commission's new performance-based navigation implementing rule (PBN-IR), which specifies requirements for PBN usage by airspace. The organization claims that the PBN mandate will increase all-weather access to regional airports in the business aviation community through more precise navigation.
The European geostationary navigation overlay (EGNOS) provides accurate guidance to enable localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches. The European Commission's regulations, according to EBAA, should facilitate a wider use of EGNOS-assisted landings at secondary and tertiary airports in Europe, functionally increasing Europe's airport capacity.
The EBAA was, along with EASA and a number of other stakeholder organizations, one group that helped to shape drafts of the European Commission's new rule. The group said that the regulation should bolster the business segment and that operators can start using published LPV approaches immediately upon obtaining operational approval from the local authority.