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Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

ATR Accelerates Implementation of Performance Based Navigation Globally

ATR is accelerating the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and the use of onboard and satellite technologies worldwide to provide flight safety and operational benefits in the regions they serve.


ATR Accelerates Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Worldwide - Courtesy ATR

On Monday (May 23, 2022), ATR, the world leader in regional aviation, announced the acceleration of their efforts to drive implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), and the use of onboard and satellite technologies to provide flight safety and operational benefits. Recently, EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick KY, visited ATR’s Singapore facility, in the context of an EU-sponsored project in partnership with Indonesia authorities to extend the implementation of PBN. As part of the initiative, the company is providing expertise with ATR Flight Instructors, along with the use of their full flight simulators. Additionally, ATR trainers are working with flight instructors from Indonesian airlines as part of a ‘train the trainers’ program.


sIn today’s announcment, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli, said,


“Performance Based Navigation is a significant flight safety enhancement in addition to the improved operational performance and fuel burn reductions. We at ATR are working closely with EASA and other global authorities to promote its roll-out. Everywhere in the world, our operators are providing essential connectivity to communities. Performance Based Navigation ensures that these airlines meet the highest standards of operational excellence, continually improving flight safety and sustainability.”


PBN enables an aircraft to fly on a designated flight path with autopilot engaged, turning a visual approach into an instrument approach. Currently, approaches have been published for two airfields, namely Bajawa and Larantuka, with a third, Atambua is in the final stage of approval. Additionally, cooperation continues between EASA and Indonesia’s DGCA for additional approaches to be published by the end of 2022.


ATR is the world’s number one regional aircraft manufacturer, and their ATR 42 and 72 aircraft are the best-selling aircraft in the under 90-seat market segment. Over their last 40+ years building efficient turboprop regional aircraft, ATR has reached major milestones including 1,800 aircraft orders and 1,600 deliveries to over 200 customers in more than 100 countries. The company’s turboprop aircraft represent the optimal and most sustainable choice for regional deployment at the lowest operating costs, and offer the ability to serve isolated communities living near challenging airfields. Over the last decade, ATR has held 75 percent of the turboprop market and 36 percent of the overall regional aircraft market. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo.



Source: ATR