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Safety top priority at recent seminar

Top industry leaders from across the region meet in Dubai to discuss airline safety through RNP.

Some of the world’s top aviation specialists met in Dubai to discuss aviation safety in a seminar led by Emirates. The seminar, based on required navigation performance (RNP) approach, saw over 200 delegates with many representing civil aviation authorities and airports from across the world.

The seminar’s main focus was on trying to increase awareness and implementation of instrument approach procedures that take advantage of RNP runway-aligned approaches using GPS. When used, the approaches may achieve significant improvements in safety, regularity and payload.

“At Emirates we are always looking for better ways to operate our aircraft and to further improve safety and efficiency. RNP approaches are definitely something that interests us since they will reduce risk, improve efficiency, assist flight punctuality and can also have a beneficial environmental effect,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, president of DCA and chairman, Emirates.

“The day is in sight when suitably equipped aircraft will be able to land automatically on virtually any runway in the world using RNP concepts. This is a most exciting prospect and will make significant and positive inroads into the efficiency of our industry,” he added.

In a keynote speech at the seminar, Steve Fulton, chief technical officer, Naverus, explained how important the adoption of RNP-based procedures were becoming to further enhance the safety and efficiency of commercial aviation. “There are many locations where the model is being implemented and this seminar has the ability to accelerate the change that is taking place,” he said.

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