Performance-Based Flight Operations Branch
- Provides technical guidance and assistance to other elements of the agency, other government agencies, and industry on all operational and technical facets of performance based navigation.
- Appraises the extent to which performance based navigation concepts, policies, standards, criteria, and procedures respond to rapidly changing and expanding programs and technology.
- Develops performance based navigation concepts, policies, standards, criteria, requirements, specifications, and limitations for new aircraft and new and existing airborne, ground-based and space-based systems used in instrument flight operations. Develops and issues FAA Form 8260-10, as required.
- Develops and maintains appropriate portion of Flight Standards Handbook(s). Handbook material provides policies and procedures for Communication/Navigation System technology implementation and associated subjects.
- In coordination with original equipment manufacturers, Aircraft Certification, and Aircraft Evaluation Groups, identifies and enunciates explicit operating procedures for pilots using new-technology products. Provides guidance to develop OpSpecs requirements (including Parts C and H) related performance based navigation, operating minimums, equipment, and training.
- Provides technical representation to ICAO on matters related to instrument flight operations, and maintains liaison with foreign civil aviation operational and technical authorities to encourage the acceptance of U.S. instrument flight operations standards and to foster standards with a level of safety consonant with those of the United States.
- Provides the focal point for development of research and development programs related to performance based navigation.
- Reviews and validates regional recommendations for performance based navigation.
- Analyzes and evaluates the technical adequacy of field execution of performance based navigation and assists other elements of the agency in the conduct of these programs; advises concerning the application of agency technical concepts, policies, standards, and procedures to current safety issues; reviews accident, incident, and enforcement investigations, and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
- Provides technical guidance to the other divisions, the regions, and other elements of the agency on the complex problems associated with global performance based navigation.
- Represents Flight Standards in international meetings to further U.S. interests and develop ICAO SARPs. Maintains liaison with foreign civil aviation operational and technical authorities to encourage acceptance of U.S. CNS standards and matters related to complex and controversial special technical operations, and to foster standards with a level of safety consonant with those of the United States.
- Responsible for developing concepts, programs, and system requirements necessary to implement performance based navigation and procedures necessary to implement futuristic communications and surveillance capabilities for oceanic, remote area, domestic en route, and terminal area operations, and for non-precision and precision instrument approaches.
- Analyzes and evaluates field execution of special training programs; guides and assists the other divisions and the regions in the conduct of approved programs; advises concerning the application of agency technical concepts, policies, standards, and procedures to current safety issues; reviews accident, incident, and enforcement investigations involving assigned programs, and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
- Maintains a project status, control and information system for National Airspace System plans, research and development projects, NTSB technical recommendations, and well as operational projects and programs undertaken by the division.
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