The Regina International Airport (YQR) is making some changes to its arrival procedures through new technology.
Starting March 29, modern satellite-based technology — known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP) — will be installed in 20 per cent of the planes flying in and out of the Queen City.
According to Nav Canada spokesperson Jonathan Bagg, this update means it will be easier to guide airplanes in poor weather conditions.
“This type of approach actually allows (pilots) to navigate to a lower altitude, in order to see the runway and land safely,” explained Bagg, adding it’s also expected to cut down on navigational delays.
RNP also allows for a continuous descent, which is when a plane is essentially idling while it lands.
“The benefit of that is it actually results in quieter aircraft approaches as well, so that means the overflight of communities tend to be less noticeable.”
Bagg added this low engine setting will help reduce fuel burn and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions as well.
By next year, Nav Canada hopes to trim aircraft emissions by about 150 metric tonnes.
More precise routes will also be designed for the planes equipped with the new flight management system, which will result in slightly shorter landing times for passengers.
RNP is part of a national modernization program Nav Canada is enrolling in major airports across the country, and YQR is one of the first 10 to receive it.