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Port Macquarie Airport – Proposed changes to Approach Procedures

8 May 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices is proposing changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Port Macquarie Airport from August 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is technology available on most modern aircraft, as it uses either Global Positions System (GPS) or the barometric pressure readings from on-board equipment, to provide vertical guidance for the approach.

It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

Baro-VNAV approaches will reduce the risk of aircraft over running the runway on landing, and the frequency of an aircraft needing to either circle or complete a missed approach.

The introduction of Baro-VNAV requires changes to existing procedures for the main runway (Runway 03) at Port Macquarie Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet РProposed changes to Approach Procedures at Port Macquarie Airport under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
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Feedback can be provided:

Feedback closes on 5 June 2019.


Fact Sheet – Proposed changes to Approach Procedures at Port Macquarie Airport