Boeing recently completed a critical design
review for Required Navigation Performance procedures (RNP) in
work at Panama's Tocumen International Airport and Howard Airport.
The critical design review, which took
place at the Copa Airlines training center in Panama City,
assesses the "fly-ability" of the procedures and ensures
compatibility with airline crew procedures. RNP uses
global-positioning satellites and onboard flight-management
systems to guide airplanes accurately along precise flight paths.
Boeing, along with its wholly owned subsidiary,
Jeppesen, will provide RNP procedures under contract with the
Autoridad Aeronautica Civil (AAC), Panama's Civil Aviation
Boeing and Jeppesen worked very closely
with the AAC of Panama and Copa Airlines to incorporate their
requirements into the final RNP procedures that Jeppesen will use
in creating the final navigation charts and corresponding
These procedures will support flights into
the Panamanian airports for any airline, with Panama's Copa
Airlines taking the lead in testing the RNP procedures. More
precise routing can help aircraft operators reduce fuel
consumption and lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
"Panama is constantly working to make our
aviation infrastructure more secure and efficient," said Capt.
Rafael Barcenas, Panama's Civil Aviation Authority director. "As a
Panamanian I am proud to be part of this legacy of innovation.
Together we are maximizing the use of new technology for the
benefit of our airspace."
In May, Boeing signed an agreement with the AAC
to provide Required Navigation Performance procedures to the
country as part of Panama's effort to set new standards for safe
and efficient airline operations in Latin America.
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