PBN Privileges

This page covers the basic requirements of flight crew and aircraft to qualify for PBN operations in European airspace

Commission Regulation (EU) No 2016/539 applies since 25 August 2018 and the applicant needs to fulfil the relevant training and checking requirements.

Since this date, an IR course including PBN privileges will be approved if the course complies with the requirements specified in this Regulation (EU) 2016/539 and the associated AMCs.

For pilots, PBN needs to be added to the privileges of the instrument rating (IR):

  • IR holders who want to fly PBN procedures have to hold PBN privileges from 25 August 2018.
  • Pilots who fly on routes and approaches that do not require PBN privileges may continue to fly on an IR without PBN privileges until 25 August 2020.
  • All IRs shall contain PBN privileges from 25 August 2020.

The completion of all requirements shall be entered in the pilot’s logbook or equivalent record.

For aircraft (or FSTDs) used for IR training, shall be equipped for PBN, which means adding new operating rules, in particular requiring that:

  • aircraft meets the airworthiness certification requirements for the applied PBN specification
  • aircraft is operated in conformance with relevant PBN specification and Airplane Flight Manual limitations
  • the flight crew/pilot has been trained and checked for the intended operation
  • operating procedures are available
  • navigational database is suitable and current
  • sufficient means are available to navigate and land at the destination aerodrome or at any destination alternate aerodrome in the case of loss of capability for the intended approach and landing operation

There is a specific approval required for RNP AR APCH and RNP 0.3 (helicopter) operations.

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