P-RNAV (Precision Area Navigation) is a new standard in aircraft navigation slowly being adopted by major airports. Amsterdam’s Schiphol was the first to force any operator flying into the airport to be P-RNAV compliant. London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Zürich, Nice Cote D’Azur, Stockholm, Vienna, Malpensa, Brussels and Faro Airports have all followed suit.
Any operator that is not P-RNAV compliant will not be able to land their aircraft at these airports. This is likely to affect any charter flights through these airports as many operators are still not compliant. The first UK operator to become compliant is Centreline, owned by Bristol Flying Centre.
BFC director, Phil Brockwell spoke to Corporate Jet Investor and said: “Centreline Air Charter reacted quickly when learning of the restrictions these European Airports were planning to impose. It was critical that there were no limits placed on our customers wishing to fly to these key destinations and we are delighted that we have become one of the first operators to be awarded this approval and to meet the standards of P-RNAV. If we had not had such a well-equipped training facility in-house, the speed in which we have reached this stage would have not been possible.”
Here at PrivateJets.co.uk we will be hoping that other operators follow suit and gain full P-RNAV compliancy. Many other airports are likely to follow suit so those that do not may find it difficult to operate flights in Europe.