Required Navigation Performance started out in 1996 as a way for carriers to access mountainous airports safely. Now Southwest Airlines is about to use RNP to cut fuel burn and emissions while flying into all 65 airports it serves in the U.S. To exploit these procedures, aircraft must use GPS and onboard monitoring equipment to transit a narrowly defined airspace corridor. In a move similar to Southwest’s, Australia plans to have a “nationally linked RNP network” deployed by the end ...

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