San Francisco Approach, We Are Cleared for the RNAV (GPS) what?

San Francisco Approach, We Are Cleared for the RNAV (GPS) what?

  • June
  • 03
  • 2013
  • Dan Boedigheimer

It is anticipated that the runway construction at KSFO will be complete by August 22nd and the ILS and LDA PRM approaches will be back in service. The RNAV (GPS) PRM approach is destined to have the same fate as the Microwave Landing System (MLS). Although the FAA says they may use RNAV (GPS) PRM approaches at some other airport in the future, I think it will slowly fade away as brief piece of aviation history.

If you are already approved for PRM procedures it should be pretty simple to get the approval for RNAV (GPS) PRM approaches added to your Ops Spec C052. See the 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 2, Section 5 for more details.

No special authorization is required for Part 91 operators to use an RNAV (GPS) PRM approach, although training is required for pilots operating transport category aircraft (AIM 5-4-16).

Advanced Aircrew Academy has an online course available on ILS LDA PRM approaches which includes information on the new RNAV (GPS) PRM approaches along with other changes like no notification to the FAA Command Center required if you are not approved and incorporates the updated FAA video.