Gladstone Airport Changes to Approach Procedures

This change has been implemented 

Panoramic image of the view over Gladstone, Queensland, toward the Powerhouse.


What is going to change?

Airservices will implement changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Runway 10 at Gladstone Airport.

The pattern of aircraft arriving to Gladstone Airport may change, however the majority of aircraft arriving to Runway 10 will continue to operate as they currently do.

For more information on the changes please see our fact sheet.

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 at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology. BARO-VNAV stands for Barometric vertical navigation.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most large modern aircraft. 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 on approach, making landing safer. Baro-VNAV approaches reduce the frequency of an aircraft needing to either circle or complete a missed approach as they give pilots greater accuracy.

The Gladstone Airport Instrument Landing System (ILS) will be decommissioned in early 2020 and the existing RNAV procedure will be amended to enable aircraft to use Baro-VNAV, providing the safety and operational benefits that this will bring.

When will this change occur?

These changes are planned for late February 2020.

Released 14 January 2020



What is going to change?

Airservices will implement changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Runway 10 at Gladstone Airport.

The pattern of aircraft arriving to Gladstone Airport may change, however the majority of aircraft arriving to Runway 10 will continue to operate as they currently do.

For more information on the changes please see our fact sheet.

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 at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology. BARO-VNAV stands for Barometric vertical navigation.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most large modern aircraft. 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 on approach, making landing safer. Baro-VNAV approaches reduce the frequency of an aircraft needing to either circle or complete a missed approach as they give pilots greater accuracy.

The Gladstone Airport Instrument Landing System (ILS) will be decommissioned in early 2020 and the existing RNAV procedure will be amended to enable aircraft to use Baro-VNAV, providing the safety and operational benefits that this will bring.

When will this change occur?

These changes are planned for late February 2020.

Released 14 January 2020


This change has been implemented