European Union Aviation Safety Agency Partners with Indonesian Govt. to Implement Performance Based Navigation

- 20 May 2022 16:41 WIB
ATR training center in Singapore.
ATR training center in Singapore.

JAKARTADAILY.ID – European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) together with the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation at the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia implemented Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures on Bajawa and Larantuka flights.

"Our partnership with Indonesia supports its ambition for the growth of safe and sustainable air traffic. EASA continues to work closely with the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation and intends to complete several more airports before the end of 2022," said Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA who visited the ATR training center in Singapore, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

While at the ATR training center in Singapore, Patrick flew the PBN route using the ATR flight simulator developed with European Union support for Atambua, Bajawa, and Larantuka airports in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Indonesia.

PBNs, which use satellites and onboard equipment to assist pilot navigation, is now available to airports in all three cities. PBN also allows aircraft to operate safely to an airport or from an airport during adverse weather conditions and in geographically difficult areas and increases operational efficiency, thereby reducing the environmental impact of aviation.

Novie Riyanto, Secretary-General of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, said PBN aims at safer and greener flights, connecting people, and increasing trade and tourism.

"It also doesn't require expensive ground navigation aids, thus saving on installation and maintenance," he said.

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Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia said, the PBN initiative, carried out by EASA together with the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation, is a model of extraordinary cooperation between the European Union and Indonesia to improve safety.

"This initiative will be expanded to include other airports in the Indonesian archipelago that are served by twin-engine turboprop ATR aircraft," he explained.

ATR has made an active contribution, working closely with EASA and local governments to promote PBN development.

ATR operators provide important connectivity for the community, especially in areas with airports where conditions are difficult.

Changing a visual approach to an instrumented approach helps reduce operational disruptions and improve safety.

EASA support represents the European Union as part of the European Union and Southeast Asia Aviation Partnership Project (APP). The overall objective of the project is to enhance the political, economic, and environmental partnership between the European Union and Southeast Asia in the civil aviation sector.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara


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