Jeppesen has been granted a certification by the FAA to design, flight validate and maintain public Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Special Aircrew and Aircraft Authorization Required (SAAAR) procedures in the United States.
Jeppesen first applied to be part of this program in mid-2007, and to achieve the authorization, proved to FAA officials its expertise in all facets of RNP procedure design and maintenance, including: simulator testing, ground validation of obstacles at and around the airport and flight validation to assure safe operation, according to company officials.
As part of the qualification process, Jeppesen designed a public RNP procedure to runway 28 at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Savannah, Ga. (KSAV). Jeppesen flight validated the procedure in conjunction with NetJets. The RNP procedure is expected to be operational in the last quarter of 2009.
“This qualification enables Jeppesen to provide turnkey RNP solutions to the global aviation market. Our customers around the world can be assured that they will receive a high quality product from Jeppesen as we have proven our capabilities to the FAA,” said Andy McDowell, director of Airspace and Airport Services for Jeppesen.
Jeppesen provides a complete Performance Based Navigation program that includes FAA-qualified AC90-101 consulting, RNP and RNAV flight procedure design, analysis of fleet missions and route structure to optimize RNP implementation strategy and validation activities to support those procedures. Jeppesen works closely with its parent company, Boeing, on a number of RNP programs.
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