General aviation (GA) operators are to benefit from using satellite navigation guidance to fly instrument procedures with radius-to-fix (RF) legs, under the General Aviation Improved Navigation and Surveillance (GAINS) project.
RF legs are more precise, curved flight paths that previously were only available to large commercial aircraft.
Until February, European regulations denied permission to GA operators to use the RF leg capability, but large-scale GNSS/EGNOS navigation demonstrations for GAINS are now under way after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) worked closely with Garmin.
GAINS project director and Helios director Philip Church described the initiative as a “trigger for a widespread change to avionics regulations for GA”.
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