36  PBN and precision approach procedures



36.2 Description

The EUROCONTROL PBN Approach Map tool illustrates the deployment of PBN instrument approach procedures against objectives set in ICAO Assembly Resolution 37-11 and the European Regulation on PBN (in particular Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1048 of 18 July 2018).

PBN approaches include instrument approach procedures compliant with the following navigation specifications of the PBN Manual (ICAO Doc 9613):



The PBN Approach Map tool provides a list of current and planned airports and runway ends covered by each type of approach. The tool gives information about:

  • deployment progress since 2012, on the basis actual publications

  • future deployment trends based on publication plans communicated to EUROCONTROL and ICAO

  • the availability of PBN approaches with vertical guidance (APV) on all runway ends or on runway ends without precision landing (e.g. ILS, MLS or GBAS)

  • the deployment status for ECAC, individual countries, PCP airports and individual airports

In September 2020 (on the basis of the AIRAC cycle), 1,576 runway ends were equipped with instrument approach procedures and 763 airports had instrument approach procedures.


The PBN Approach Map tool is updated in accordance with publications with every AIRAC cycle. It therefore provides up-to-date information on the current deployment status.

Information about publication plans captured in the map is collected from individual countries and coordinated with the ICAO EUR/NAT regional office and other implementation-funded programmes. If and when these publication plans materialise depends on a number of factors including:

  • difficulties collecting obstacle data for procedure design

  • unforeseen problems in the procedure design phase

  • delays in approval for publication by the supervisory authority

Implementation plans should consequently not be considered to be a State’s commitment.

36.4 References

EUROCONTROL, “Performance based navigation map tool.” [Online]. Available: https://www.eurocontrol.int/platform/performance-based-navigation-map-tool