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2021-09-24 - RAF Gibraltar (LXGB) - RNP Approaches Withdrawn

Chad Byworth

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Effective 24 September 2021 - 12 November 2021

With thanks to @Reece Buckley for reminding me about this.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union UK aerodromes are no longer permitted to make use of the EGNOS SBAS for the provision of LPV or RNP(AR) approaches. As a result the RNP(AR) approaches to RAF Gibraltar have been withdrawn from service until at least 12 November 2021.

Neither the approach charts nor the FMC approach coding is currently published and so, despite not being subject to the legal/technical issues, we are unable to continue using the approaches on VATSIM as pilots using up to date navigation data will be unable to select the approaches within their FMC.

As a result only the following approaches are available:

  • SRA
  • Visual approach

Pilots using old navigation data may still be able to select and thus request the RNP approaches. If any pilots request the RNP approach then controllers should clear them for an “RNP visual approach”.

Documentation Status
This change will be incorporated into the RAF Gibraltar ACB if the approaches are not re-introduced by the end of the current NOTAM period (12 November 2021).

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