RNAV (GNSS) Approach Operations - LNAV and LNAV/VNAV

Application and guidance information associated with RNAV (GNSS) Approach Operations

These are sometimes called RNP Approach Operations, they are GNSS-based and flown to minima labelled LNAV and LNAV/VNAV on a chart titled RNAV/GNSS.

LNAV approach operations are flown on Non-Precision RNAV(GNSS) procedures which are charted to a Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA).

LNAV/VNAV approach operations are flown with vertical guidance from the aircraft's barometric altimetry system (Baro VNAV) on an RNAV (GNSS) approach procedure, and are charted with a Decision Altitude (DA). 

Any EASA AOC operator wishing to carry out such approach operations must hold an approval issued by the state of aircraft registry. Private operators do not currently require a formal approval.


Applying for RNAV/GNSS - LNAV and LNAV/VNAV Approach Approval - AOC Holders

Completed CAA Form SRG 1813 should be sent to the Flight Operations Policy Department. At present, no charge is made for RNAV(GNSS) Approach Approval for AOC Holders. Applicants should also inform their assigned Flight Operations Inspector.

Applying for RNAV/GNSS - LNAV and LNAV/VNAV Approach Approval - Non-AOC Holders

No approval required. Guidance for private operators can be found in CAP 773.


Further Information

FODCOM 04/2008 - "Area Navigation (RNAV) CAA Guidance Material"

EASA AMC 20-27