CASA 194/12 - Instructions - GNSS primary means navigation (A330 and B737NG aircraft)

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Instrument number CASA 194/12
I, PETER BEILBY CROMARTY, Acting Executive Manager, Operations Division, on behalf of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 179A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR 1988).
[Signed P. B. Cromarty]
Peter Cromarty
Acting Executive Manager
Operations Division
8 July 2012
Instructions — GNSS primary means navigation (A330 and B737NG aircraft)
1          Duration
                 This instrument:
(a)   commences on the day after it is registered; and
(b)   stops having effect at the end of 31 May 2015.
2          Revocation
                 Instrument CASA 430/10 is revoked.
3          Application
                 This instrument applies to the conduct of non-precision approach procedures (excluding LLZ approaches) by Virgin Australia Airlines Limited, Aviation Reference Number 567591 (Virgin Australia), in A330 or B737NG aircraft with an RNP-capable RNAV system.
4          Instructions
                 I issue the instructions in Schedule 1.
5          Definitions
                 In this instrument:
AFM means the aircraft flight manual.
approved navigation database means a navigation database on a medium approved by the manufacturer of the aircraft as suitable for use with the aircraft.
FMC means flight management computer.
FMS means flight management system.
FMS guided non-precision approach (commonly referred to as an overlay approach) means any non-precision approach that:
(a)       can be derived from the approved FMS navigation database; and
(b)      can be flown using GNSS as the primary means of navigation.
GNSS means the Global Navigation Satellite System, a satellite navigation system used by a pilot on board an aircraft to determine position from satellite data.
GNSS primary means of navigation means use of the aircraft’s GNSS equipment as the only navigation equipment required for an operation, when meeting the required level of accuracy, integrity, continuity and availability as set out in these instructions.
GPS means the United States Government satellite navigation system known as the Global Positioning System.
IAP means instrument approach procedure.
method of control means autopilot or flight director.
non-precision approach means an approach conducted using 1 of the following:
(a)       RNAV (GNSS);
(b)      NDB;
(c)       VOR;
(d)      DGA.
RNP means the required navigation performance for the commencement and continuation of an approach as displayed to the flight crew by the FMS.
RNP-capable RNAV system means an area navigation system fitted to an aircraft for which the AFM for the aircraft states that it is capable of meeting RNP 0.3 (or lower, as required) requirements.
XTK error means the cross-track difference between the indicated position of the aircraft and the planned position, as displayed to the flight crew by the FMS.
Schedule 1          Instructions
1          GNSS primary means of navigation
     (1)     In GNSS primary means of navigation, A330 and B737NG aircraft operated by Virgin Australia under I.F.R. may use an RNP-capable RNAV system in accordance with these instructions to conduct an FMS guided non-precision approach (NPA) using a published NPA procedure, including a related missed approach procedure.
     (2)     For GNSS primary means of navigation, the NPA for the operation must be available for use with the aircraft and contained in an approved navigation database.
     (3)     If subclause (2) is satisfied, the NPA can be flown without:
(a)   the referenced ground based navigation aid being operational or geographically in position; or
(b)   the airborne equipment for use in the NPA with the navigation aid being installed or serviceable.
2          Requirements
     (1)     The AFM must contain a statement that the aircraft is capable of meeting the requirements for RNP 0.3 or lower if required.
     (2)     The RNP-capable RNAV system must not be used as a navigation reference for flight below the lowest safe altitude/minimum sector altitude except in accordance with a published NPA procedure.
     (3)     The procedure to be flown by the flight crew must be extracted from an approved navigation database.
     (4)     Virgin Australia must inform CASA should any condition, operational bulletin, airworthiness directive or AFM amendment change or affect this instrument.
     (5)     The published NPA must not be subject to a NOTAM stating that it is unavailable or unusable.
3          Procedures
     (1)     Virgin Australia must ensure that flight crew are appropriately trained in the minimum equipment required for dispatch, commencement of the approach, the approach procedures and reasons to discontinue the approach.
     (2)     The training syllabus for training of flight crew must be included in Virgin Australia’s approved training and checking manual.
     (3)     Virgin Australia’s policy, procedures and limitations on GNSS primary means navigation must be included in Virgin Australia’s operations manual(s).
     (4)     For planning destination alternate minima, Virgin Australia may base the calculation upon any of the published RNAV (GNSS), RNP, RNP-AR (if authorised), NDB, VOR or DME landing minima plus the weather forecast tolerance.
     (5)     Before dispatch, the pilot in command must ensure that if GNSS is to be used as the primary means of navigation:
(a)   for:
             (i)  B737NG operations, at least 2 FMCs, 2 control display units (CDU), 2 GNSS receivers, and 2 inertial reference units (IRU) in NAV mode are operational; and
            (ii)  A330 operations, at least 2 FMS, 2 multifunction CDU, 2 GPS receivers and 2 IRU in NAV mode are operational; and
(b)   a prediction of GNSS availability is obtained.
     (6)     Where a prediction under paragraph 5 (b) indicates that the RNP may not be available:
(a)   sufficient holding fuel must be carried for the duration of the period for which RNP 0.3 (or lower if required) is not available; or
(b)   the flight must be planned using conventional ground-based radio-navigation aids for which the aircraft is equipped; or
(c)   an alternate aerodrome is planned for which the requirements of this subclause are met.
     (7)     Before commencing an FMS guided non-precision approach, the flight crew must ensure that:
(a)   for:
             (i)  B737NG operations, at least 2 FMCs, 1 CDU, 1 GNSS receiver, and 2 IRU in NAV mode are operational; and
            (ii)  A330 operations, at least 2 FMS, 1 multifunction CDU, 2 GPS receivers  and 2 IRU in NAV mode are operational; and
(b)   the IAP is selected by name from a current approved navigation database; and
(c)   the procedure conforms to the charted procedure; and
(d)   RNP 0.3 (or lower if required) is displayed or selected in the FMS; and
(e)   no modification of approach or missed approach waypoints is made except as required to modify speeds or apply cold weather corrections as applicable and:
             (i)  for B737NG operations, DME updating is inhibited; and
            (ii)  for A330 operations, GPS PRIMARY is displayed.
     (8)     At all times during an FMS guided NPA, the pilot in command must ensure that:
(a)   the approach is flown using a method of control that, in accordance with the AFM, permits RNP 0.3 capability (or lower, if required) operations to be conducted; and
(b)   the approach is flown in accordance with the current approved charted approach procedure; and
(c)   an approved method is used to monitor XTK error; and
(d)   at least 1 pilot monitors the XTK error.
     (9)     The pilot in command must ensure that the FMS guided NPA is discontinued if:
(a)   the navigation of the aircraft exceeds the manufacturer’s stated limits for the RNP 0.3 capability (or lower, as required); or
(b)   an alert is displayed indicating that the navigation system cannot meet the manufacturer’s stated limits for the RNP 0.3 capability (or lower, if required); or
(c)   a XTK error alert is annunciated; or
(d)   if the manufacturer does not provide a means of XTK error alerting — the XTK error is greater than 0.2NM.