Procedures and Design Process for PBN Airspace

Air Traffic Services

Course Outline

This advanced course provides you with insights of Performance-based Navigation (PBN) concepts and the applications for effective planning and design of PBN airspace, in accordance with ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).


2 weeks

S$6,150 / US$4,750

^Fees are being reviewed and subject to change. Participants will be notified of the actual course fees when they are issued the Letter of Acceptance.

What You Will Learn

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Develop strategies to design various airspace structures
    • Recognise the essential elements in the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) for Communications, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems
    • Understand the principles and concepts of PBN in airspace design   

    Who Should Attend

    This course is beneficial to ATS managers, supervisors, safety managers, airspace planners, trainers and inspectors who are involved in ATS airspace design and procedures from both civil and military ATS providers and regulators, as well as airline flight planning personnel from operational control centres.    


    Applicants should have experience and knowledge in airspace planning.

    Learning Activities

    • Design different airspace structures
    • Draft airspace design implementation rules for different civil and military scenarios



    What Is Covered

    • ICAO GANP for CNS/ATM systems
      • ICAO GANP for implementation of interrelated CNS/ATM systems comparing existing plans with modules of Aviation Systems Block Upgrade (ASBU)
      • Understanding the ICAO ASBU methodology and contents

    • Commercial air transport operations
      • Changes in the use of airspace structures
      • Impact on commercial airline operations
      • Provision of continuous gate-to-gate service to flights

    • General aviation and aerial work operations
      • Challenges to accommodate general aviation
      • Support of aerial work
      • Sport and recreational flying

    • Test flights and unmanned aerial vehicles operations
      • Special handling requirements
      • Airspace requirements

    • Civil Air Traffic Services (ATS) operations
      • Air traffic control operations and their effect on airspace users
      • ICAO ATS airspace classification and its applications

    • Military ATS operations
      • Role of military aviation in State security
      • Civil and military airspace integration

    • Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM)
      • Concept
      • Optimum use of airspace
      • Factors affecting AFTM of an airspace structure
      • Introduction to the Manual for Collaborative ATFM (Doc 9971)

    • ATC separation criteria
      • Airspace classification techniques and its application for optimum use of airspace

    • PBN
      • PBN and its impact on existing airspace structures
      • Future airspace structures with PBN

    • Instrument approaches procedures - Conventional and Area Navigation (RNAV)
      • Conventional and RNAV procedures and their influence on airspace structures
      • All procedure protection areas and their effect on proposed airspace structure

    • Standard Instrument Departures/Arrivals (SIDs/STARs)
      • In-depth discussion on the effects of SIDs and STARs on airspace systems

    • Simplified airspace organisation
      • Correct airspace utilisation and management
      • Preventing system overload and ensuring optimum flow of air traffic

    • Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA)
      • Concept of FUA
      • Effective sharing and efficient use of airspace

    • Airspace design planning
      • Objectives of airspace design work
      • Critical aspects for planning
      • Implementation of the plan

    • ATM initiatives in Singapore
      • ATM and airspace planning
      • PBN implementation
      • CNS enhancements

    Key Instructor(s)

    Mr Alex Hendriks is Chief Executive Officer of Airspace Design Solutions (ADS) Ltd and a senior expert on PBN and ATM. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director for ATM Strategies of EUROCONTROL, and served six years on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, as well as Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for the US Air Traffic Control Association. He initiated and led various programmes and offered ICAO a series of global PBN workshops.

    Mr Roland Rawlings is a Senior Navigation Consultant with ADS Ltd. Prior to this, he was with EUROCONTROL for 26 years as Navigation Manager of the Navigation Programme. Dr Rawlings also led the team that provided EUROCONTROL contribution to the ICAO PBN concept. Besides this, he also assumed the role of Secretary of Directors Committee for Research and Development. He was also Manager for FMS development within the PHARE Programme.


    • SAA Alumni – 10% discount
    • Group Discount – Enjoy a group discount for three or more participants registered at the same time for the same course run from the same organisation and billing source:
      • Three to six : 10%
      • Seven to nine : 15%
      • Ten or more : 20%