What is Performance-based Navigation (PBN/RNAV)?

Performance-based Navigation (PBN) flight procedures use global positioning systems and satellite technology for navigating aircraft to and from airports. PBN is a term that encompasses several types of precision navigation methods optimize airspace navigation and improve operational efficiencies for aircraft. Required-performance Navigation (RNP) and Area Navigation (RNAV) are two examples of PBN procedures that are being implemented under the Federal Aviaiton Administration's airspace modernization efforts called NextGen.

For more information on PBN procedures and the FAA's NextGen planning, please visit: www.faa.gov/nextgen.

Updated 12/28/2018