Terminal Procedures and Charting

The Aeronautical Information Services strategy is effectively integrated with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NAS Architecture and National Airspace Redesign initiative and Performance Based Navigation Systems. This strategy also addresses industries' request to fully utilize ground, aircraft, and space based navigation systems for improved safety, capacity, and operational flexibility. The plan integrates the mandates represented in The Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (HR 1000), (AIR21), the initiatives of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), and Special Committee on National Airspace Redesign Planning and Analysis (SC-192).

The Terminal Procedures and Charting Group is responsible for the global development and maintenance of terminal instrument flight procedures. The TP & C group provides lifespan maintenance of the instrument flight procedures in the National Airspace System (NAS). There are numerous types of instrument flight procedures. One example is a standard instrument approach procedure (SIAP), which is constructed to allow pilots to safely use airport runways in adverse weather. The current NAS is made up of instrument procedures based on both conventional and satellite based navigational systems. The satellite-based procedures make up approximately 60% of the NAS, but we are continuously increasing this percentage to stay in line with the new technological advancements within the aviation industry.

The NAS consists of approximately 19,000 instrument flight procedures. The current inventory of flight procedures can be viewed at IFP Inventory Summary.

Our mission is to develop, maintain, and publish the worlds safest, most accurate and operationally efficient aeronautical navigation products and services for the aviation community.