Parafield Airport Changes to Approach Procedures

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What is going to change?

Airservices will implement changes to approach procedures for some aircraft arriving to Runway 21R at Parafield Airport.

This procedure is not used for training and is to assist aircraft to land safely in poor weather. Therefore use of the procedure is minimal.

Residents in Evanston Gardens, Evanston South, Hillier, Buchfelde, Kudla, Barossa Goldfields and Bibaringa may notice some minor changes to how aircraft using the procedure are flying.

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 complete a missed approach as they give pilots greater accuracy.

When will this change occur?

These changes are planned for November 2020.

Released 12 May 2020


What is going to change?

Airservices will implement changes to approach procedures for some aircraft arriving to Runway 21R at Parafield Airport.

This procedure is not used for training and is to assist aircraft to land safely in poor weather. Therefore use of the procedure is minimal.

Residents in Evanston Gardens, Evanston South, Hillier, Buchfelde, Kudla, Barossa Goldfields and Bibaringa may notice some minor changes to how aircraft using the procedure are flying.

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 complete a missed approach as they give pilots greater accuracy.

When will this change occur?

These changes are planned for November 2020.

Released 12 May 2020