Validation projects

Full implementation of Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV) in complex Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA)

Release: 2011

Reference: EXE-05.07.04-VP-142

Location: Barcelona


About the exercise

This exercise looked at improving operational procedures and guidelines for Precision Area Navigation (P-RNAV) in complex TMAs.


The trials firstly demonstrated the feasibility of continuous descent approaches (CDAs) and continuous climb departures (CCD) through P-RNAV. The exercise also showed an increase in capacity by integrating P-RNAV and conventional routes in high traffic density TMAs. At the same time, the workload of pilots and controllers could be reduced.