Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received FAA approval to fly Required Navigation Performance - Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures on the 787 fleet. Operators that fly RNP AR procedures significantly reduce fuel burn, emissions and airport congestion by flying precisely along a predefined route using advanced on-board navigation systems together with GPS-based global navigation satellite systems. As an FAA-approved RNP application service provider, Boeing can now offer 787 customers full support as they apply for approval to use RNP AR procedures on their fleets.
"This approval enables us to help Boeing customers realize the full potential of their 787s," said Mike Caflisch, director, Airspace Programs, Boeing Digital Aviation, Commercial Aviation Services. "Our extensive experience in obtaining RNP AR operational approvals allows us to help customers move through the rigorous RNP AR operational approval process more efficiently, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace. In the long run, all industry stakeholders benefit as more airlines derive fuel and operating efficiencies via RNP, the overall efficiency of global air traffic improves and the environmental footprint is reduced."
Boeing can now offer a complete, end-to-end RNP solution by combining its expertise in RNP AR application development and approved training with its experience in the design and implementation of new RNP flight procedures, navigation database validation and RNP availability prediction.
Achieving regulatory approval requires an airplane operator to demonstrate that they have:
Boeing RNP AR application services are already available to operators of Next-Generation 737s, Boeing Business Jets and 777s.
Source: The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)
Date: Jun 27, 2013