CAA announces GA GPS approach trials
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a trial of Global Positioning System (GPS) approaches for general aviation aircraft at six UK airports.
UK CAA licensed pilots flying UK registered aircraft fitted with GPS equipment fully approved in accordance with Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) yellow 205 for Non-Precision Approach (NPA) operations are invited to take part in the trial, which runs from May to October 2006. For reasons of safety the trial approaches are only to be flown in good visibility.
The six participating airports, for which GPS NPA procedures have been designed, are Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Inverness and Shoreham. Pilots and air traffic control units will post, immediately after flight, reports on a discrete website for analysis.
Ron Elder, Head of the CAA's Safety Regulation Group’s Licensing Standards Division, said: “Pilot and air traffic control reports will not be seen by the CAA but will be managed independently by Leeds University and Imperial College, London.”
The results of the trial, to be published in early 2007, are expected to enable the CAA to assess whether the use of GPS approaches is safe and practicable in terms of design and flight management aspects, and is therefore fit for approval.
Further information, including the necessary briefings to take part in the trial, may be obtained from UK Aeronautical Information Package (AIP) Supplement and AIC number 50 (yellow 205) 'UK Trial of RNAV (GNSS) Instrument Approach Procedures’ at www.ais.org.uk. Pilots can log on to www.gpstrials.leeds.ac.uk to register their participation in the trials.