The Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) Performance-based Navigation (PBN) Route Lab and Continuous Climb/Continuous Descend Development (CCO/CDO) and Implementation workshop is taking place at the Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy(GATA) which is being hosted by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority in Accra.
It started on Monday, December 16, 2019, with about 150 participants from the aviation sector. During the welcome remarks, the Director General, Ign. Simon Allotey, stated that, "the PBN concept affords significant benefits including improved safety through more straight-in instrument approaches with vertical guidance, increased airspace capacity, increased airport accessibility, more efficient operations, reduced infrastructure costs and reduced environmental impact."According to him, "the CCO and CDO leads to environmental benefits in the terminal area including less noise pollution and reduction in fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions."
He was of the view that, "strategic leadership, commitment and effective collaboration are more than ever required to harmoniously implement PBN requirements in the GANP and the AFI Regional Air Navigation Plan and in the Abuja Safety and Air Navigation Targets."
The ANS target #11 of Abuja Safety and Navigation targets mandates AFI States to proactively establish and implement PBN procedures for all instrument runways by year 2025. He wanted airspace users to fly the procedures after developing and publishing the PBN procedures. Ign. Simon Allotey urged all Civil Aviation Authorities to build confidence in operators to fly RNAV and RNP approaches to progressively reduce reliance on traditional ground-based navigation systems.
Mr. Albert Taylor, the ICAO Regional Officer for ATM and Search & Rescue at the ESAF Office, said "it is important to direct more effort toward the implementation coordination of such routes and for the concerned states and ANSPs to carry out necessarypreparatory processes, including safety assessments, leading to publication of the routes for use by operators."
The 5-day workshop will come to a close on the 20th of December, 2019.