PBN Procedure Design Course

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This course consists of criteria for the design of procedures for PBN navigation, including SIDs and STARs, RNP APCH LNAV procedure and Baro-VNAV procedure.



At the end of this training, the participants, as future procedure designers tutored by a senior procedure designer is able to:

  • Calculated the parameters for different  PBN navigation specification
  • Merging  segments of different widths
  • Design or Cross check PBN departures procedures (SIDs)
  • Design or Cross check PBN arrival procedures (STARs)
  • Design or Cross check PBN NPA procedures (ex. RNP APCH LNAV)
  • Design APV barometric vertical navigation (Baro-VNAV) procedure
  • Design PBN in combination with ILS procedure
  • Gain the knowledge about the SBAS /GBAS


Participants concerned

Future procedure designers, regulators of CAA, Air Traffic Controllers, and Pilots for flight inspection or validation, AIS personnel, and other relevant personnel.


Attendance of APAC FPP Instrument Procedure Design Course: "Pans-Ops PD Initial Course "or "Flight Procedure Design online Course - Module 1 "or equivalent course is required.

Attendees be able to communicate in English.

Tuition fees

  • Free for Active and User Member States,
  • 1000$ one person per week for Non-Member States.



At APAC FPP, according to ICAO Doc 9906 Volume 2, the initial training of IFR procedures designers consists of two main parts, PANS-OPS PD initial course and PBN PD course. Each part is independent; trainees can choose courses according to demands. This course is considered as the second step in a comprehensive training program to design IFR procedure.

The training is organized around courses, exercises and assessments to apply all the design criteria addressing PBN and conventional departures procedures. The pillars of this training include a case study from ICAO Doc 9368 and a published procedure.


  • PBN navigation concepts
  • Protection area width and connection methods
  • Limitation elements of segments
  • PBN SID (Standard Instrument Departure)
  • PBN STARs            
  • RNP APCH procedure (LNAV)
  • APV Baro-VNAV procedure
  • Coding and publication (charting), procedure design documentation

Theoretical courses

3 weeks' courses are on-site classes. But online learning channel will be maintained for participants who are unable to participate in the on-site training, for the purpose of adapting to the actual situation and the different needs of APAC States. No certificate for the participants in the online channel. (和 PANOPS 一样 copy LLJ的 WP)

Presentation and explanation of the rules and principles described in Doc 8168 Volume II.


Elementary use of the regulation concepts in a simplified environment, conducted to enforce the theoretical input.

Exercises are daily scheduled.

There is one on-site group-exercise about PBN SID, STAR and the approach procedures (LNAV and Baro-VNAV procedures), this group exercise is based on the real FPD cases.

Course Rundown

TopicFurther Description
PBN conceptICAO PBN Concept. Navigation Specifications
PBN DeparturesPBN Departures, contrast with conventional SIDs.
Arrival SegmentParameters and limitations for PBN arrival, protection areas and Obstacles clearance.
Initial Approach SegmentParameters and limitations for Initial Approach Segment of PBN (RNP APCH) procedure, protection areas and Obstacles clearance.
Intermediate SegmentParameters and limitations for Intermediate Segment of PBN (RNP APCH) procedure, protection areas and Obstacles clearance.
Final Approach Segment

Parameters and limitations for Final Approach Segment of PBN (RNP APCH) procedure, protection areas and Obstacles clearance.

Calculation and publishing of Minima OCH.

Missed Approach Segment

Calculation of Start of Climb for LNAV procedure.

Obstacle assessment in 3 phases of missed approaches.

Turn at a point, turn at an altitude of Missed approach.

HoldingApplication of PBN holding area.
T/Y Bar Layout ConceptT-Y bar concept of PBN procedure
Terminal Arrival AltitudeOmnidirectional arrival. Contrast with MSA
Baro-VNAVBaro-VNAV concept, protection areas and obstacle assessments.
GBAS/SBAS ConceptGBAS/SBAS concept, protection areas and obstacle assessments.
PBN in combination with ILSPBN + ILS method and Obstacles assessments.
ARINC 424 Path/TerminatorsARNINC 424 coding issues for PBN procedures
FAS Data blockFAS  Data block parameters
Charting&Coding/AIPCharting requirements, published information for PBN procedures.



Design of PBN procedures (SIDs, STARs, RNP APCH LNAV and Baro-VNAV procedures) in a geographic and aeronautic realistic environment. The design is carried out step by step under the guidance of instructors. The project also includes the design of Coding, Charting and appropriate documentation.



Several progress tests are carried out to identify the trainee's ability to apply procedure design criteria. Correction of the project is part of the assessment.

At the end of the course, an individual assessment report could provide to on-site participants as required.



Contact with referent instructor (s) is provided throughout the course.

Delivered course material

Courseware will be uploaded to APAC FPP website.

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