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IFP Announcements and Reports

IFP Optimization Stakeholder Day

The FAA invites the aviation industry and National Airspace users to learn about how it is modernizing the airspace and increasing efficiencies in development and maintenance of Instrument Flight Procedures.

Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) Optimization Day
Tuesday, May 4th, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT
Live-streamed on YouTube

    IFP Optimization Day Agenda
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Roadmap to National Airspace Modernization and Panel Discussion
  • Instrument Flight Procedures Management and Panel Discussion
  • Intermission
  • Instrument Flight Procedures Optimization and Panel Discussion
  • Instrument Flight Procedures Gateway and Panel Discussion
  • Closing Remarks

The FAA has begun operationalizing the Performance-Based Navigation PBN Strategy (PDF) that outlines how the FAA is modernizing the airspace from using ground-based navigation to satellite-based navigation. Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP), procedures that pilots use to create their flight paths, are incorporated into the NAS frequently and the IFP inventory has quadrupled from ~5,000 in 2000 to ~20,000 in the year 2020.

The FAA is committed to maintaining safe and efficient airspace. That involves flight inspection of every procedure, among many other things (e.g. development, period reviews, amendments, etc.), to ensure safety. As the IFP inventory increases, so does the cost to maintain them. The FAA has limited bandwidth to build and maintain more efficient IFPs and integrate new entrants due to the increased inventory that results in delays in processing new IFP requests. It also causes more Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) with increased communication complexity between pilot/controller that could potentially lead to miscommunications and safety risks.

The FAA has created a framework and processes to analyze the cost/benefit of each IFP in its inventory, called IFP Optimization. The FAA will utilize this framework and recommend redundant or underutilized IFP for removal or amendment, resulting in increased safety of the NAS. The FAA understands that its framework may not take into consideration the nuances of every single procedure. For example, rarely used IFP may be needed by flight schools to teach or certify new pilots.

In an effort of transparency and to receive feedback on the IFP Optimization process from industry and NAS users, the FAA is hosting an Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) Optimization Stakeholder Day on Tuesday, May 4th, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT, that will be live-streamed on YouTube. This event will feature FAA Chief Operating Officer Teri Bristol, Air Traffic Control Vice President of Mission Support Services Angela McCullough, Air Traffic Control Vice President Flight Traffic Programs David Boulter, and presentations with Questions and Answer by a panel of Subject Matter Experts.

Please join us to learn more about the IFP Optimization process and how it could impact you and the aviation community. Please submit questions in advance here.

The FAA is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact to request disability accommodations. Please Note: Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

The ILS Procedures and Components List (below) is a full list of ILS procedures and related components within the NAS. This list includes all Category I, II, III approaches as well as Special Authorization Category I and II. The sortable list can be downloaded and is updated with the normal instrument procedure charting cycle. The information contained in the ILS Procedures and Components List is extracted from Aeronautical Information Services databases. It should not be used for navigation or flight planning. Information on GPS/WAAS approaches.

The table below provides announcements and reports related to new Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) development in the National Airspace System (NAS).

IFP Announcements/Reports
Title Date Added
ILS Procedures & Components List Eff: Dec 30 2021 (MS Excel) Dec 30, 2021
Periodic Review Forecast for FY 2020 (MS Excel) Nov 15, 2019
PBN NAS Navigation Strategy (PDF) Dec 11, 2017

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