Performance-based Navigation (PBN) State Plan - Canada

1. Executive Summary

1.1 Policy Statement

Transport Canada is supportive of and accepts the ICAO Performance Based Navigation (PBN) initiative and the need for globally-harmonized operations. Transport Canada, NAV CANADA and the Canadian aviation industry are working together to implement an ICAO State PBN plan for Canada.

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) is one of the essential tools required to improve global aviation safety and efficiency of future Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems. Global harmonization of navigation specifications will improve the safety of enroute, terminal and approach operations; improve operational efficiency by reducing track miles flown; reduce infrastructure costs; increase airspace capacity; and, reduce the environmental impact through reduced emissions and potential to reduce exposure to noise. Canada has committed to supporting the ICAO PBN Initiative and the need for harmonized operations globally and within North America.

Transport Canada is responsible for all regulatory aspects of PBN, regarding all regulatory aspects such as developing required regulations; standards; authorizations, advisory and training information; and defining equipment requirements.

Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, along with industry representatives, have formed the Canadian Performance-based Aviation Action Team (CPAAT). This team will facilitate Performance-based Operations in Canada including all aspects of CNS/ATM. The aim is to meet the short, medium and long-term goals as defined in NAV CANADA’s PBN Operations Plan; Air Navigation System Plan (ANS Plan); and Operations Business Plan. The CPAAT will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for collaboration between Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, the Department of National Defense (DND), aerodrome operators, users and manufacturers.

This is a living document; updates will be published at the beginning of each phase (see section 9.0). The first review and update will be conducted in 2018.

1.2 Our Vision

A transportation system in Canada that is recognized worldwide as safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible.

1.3 Our Mission

To serve the public interest through the promotion of a safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation system in Canada.

Contact Information

For a full copy of the Canadian Performance Based Navigation (PBN) State Plan please contact us at services@tc.gc.ca.

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