Toulouse, France, April, 2019
NAVBLUE team supports Bhutan Airlines to successfully achieve civil aviation approvals for RNP AR APCH operation for Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.
This means that the Airline can fly the RNAV (RNP) – APPROACH RWY – 02 procedure designed by NAVBLUE into the airport. The procedure includes a Radius-to-fix turn in the final approach segment so that operators experience a less steep approach into Tribhuvan, compared with conventional procedures. This leads to a lower risk of unstabilised approaches for airlines flying into Kathmandu.
The project started in October 2018 and NAVBLUE Performance-based Navigation (PBN) experts provided training for all Bhutan Airlines crews. In addition to training, NAVBLUE supported the compilation of the operational approval dossier and coordination with regulatory authorities in both Bhutan and Nepal. NAVBLUE’s N-RAIM prediction service and Navigation Database Validation Service completed the operational approval package and Bhutan Airlines received their operational approval in March 2019.
“Working with NAVBLUE was extremely productive. NAVBLUE’s consultancy service went beyond their contractual requirements, they took it to another level with their proactivity and professionalism to achieve the RNP AR approval, within an extremely short time frame” said Captain Chenga, Chief Pilot of Bhutan Airlines “Their specialised training run by experts for our operational crews, helped accelerate the process” he added.
“Bhutan Airlines are a valued NAVBLUE customer, operating Flysmart+, N-Flight Planning, Charts+, Navigation+ and Trim Sheet packages,” said Thomas Lagaillarde, NAVBLUE’s Head of Flight Operations Engineering, OCC and ATM solutions. “As well as these services, I’m thrilled that we could collaborate with Bhutan Airlines and the authorities to offer comprehensive operational approvals consultancy and services.”