The project aims to show how the implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures can:

Provide instrument approach capabilities to locations where conventional navigation facilities are not available

Enable continued access to heliports in difficult to reach areas during reduced visibility conditions

Guarantee the continuity of vital services such as patients’ transport and mountain rescue, enhancing safety and saving costs for communities.

The specific technical objectives of the project are:

  • Demonstrate how RNP PinS LPV approach and RNP PinS departure procedures allow the implementation of IFR operations in small non-IFR heliports, located in challenging environments;
  • Demonstrate how RNP APCH AR approach procedures allow the implementation of IFR operations in small non-IFR heliports, located in challenging environments, through the adoption of RNP 0.3 and RF leg capability for missed approach segments;
  • Evaluate the improvement in overall airspace usage of gate to gate rotorcraft IFR flights, connecting the PinS approach and departure segments with the relevant en-route low level flight segments;
  • Contribute to the evolution and standardization of ICAO PANS OPS amendments for flight procedure design criteria for LPV PinS approach procedures (GPA > 6.3°).

A broader objective is to give a very important contribution to the pre-operational implementation of precision arrival and departure helicopter procedures for small/medium size non-IFR airports/heliports and, hence, provide beneficial input to the relevant regulation for Europe.

The PROuD project is divided into three main phases...

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