RNAV Approaches

June, 27, 2020 by

An RNAV approach is an important type of approach for pilots. RNAV approaches typically consist of satellite components, rather than ground based components. This allows many more airports or runways to feature instrument approaches. The GPS is the most common way to fly an RNAV approach. For this reason, pilots often refer to RNAV approaches as GPS approaches (or GNSS approaches). With ground based correction, RNAV approaches can have similar minimums to CAT I ILS approaches. RNAV approaches are often Y or T shaped. With special certification, these approaches can feature curves and other shapes to accommodate terrain.

In Infinite Flight, you can fly a GPS approach into an airport, and can even pull up the approach directly into your flight plan without leaving the app.

  1. Go to your map
  2. Tap on the airport
  3. Bring up it’s information by tapping the name of the airport
  4. Tap PROC (Procedures)
  5. Approach
  6. Choose any RNAV approach
  7. Add it to your flight plan

Use this legend to choose the correct approach type. You can either hand fly the approach or use autopilot.

Ryan Epps is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is also a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and helps run the Airport Editing Team, currently as an Airport Editing Manager.