New Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures use satellite-based precision to fly more direct routes, saving fuel and time, increasing traffic flow, and resulting in fewer carbon emissions. These procedures are being or have been implemented in airports across the NAS.
The original designs for arrival and approach procedures were published in late spring 2015. Post-Implementation monitoring and reporting began in June 2015 which resulted in post-implementation design adjustments to optimize procedures. These design adjustments are scheduled to publish in January 2017.
The PBN procedure adjustments were briefed to the Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) in May 2016, July 2016, and again in September 2016. Expected long-term benefits include: reduced fuel burn leading to reduced carbon emissions, increased access to affected airports, comprehensive improvements to operations, and ensures the safety of all users.
Update on Minneapolis Airspace Modernization
Information about the implementation of PBN procedures can be found in the documents listed below.
- MSP Fact Sheet, STARS (PDF)
- Environmental Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Environmental Process Briefing (MS PowerPoint)
- Categorical Exclusion Declaration: PBN Procedure Amendments (MSP) (PDF)