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Coober Pedy Airport – Changes to Approach Procedures

22 November 2019

Changes to approach procedures at Coober Pedy Airport

When will this change occur?

Airservices will implement changes for aircraft arriving to Coober Pedy Airport from February 2020.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology. BARO-VNAV stands for Barometric vertical navigation.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most large modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments on approach, making landing safer. Baro-VNAV approaches reduce the frequency of an aircraft needing to either circle or complete a missed approach as they give pilots greater accuracy.

The introduction of Baro-VNAV requires changes to existing procedures to each end of the runway at Coober Pedy Airport (Runway 04/22).

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Coober Pedy Airport Changes to Approach Procedures.

How can I get more information?

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