|MPANDA AIRPORT IN OPERATION USING RNAV (GNSS) APPROACH PROCEDURE|
Mpanda Airport is among of the few Airports in the country that are currently using approach procedure based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
DGTCAA Hamza S.Johari revealed that at Mpanda Airport during his official visit, and added that since Mpanda is the new Airport and there was an immediate need to start its operations pending to its lacking of some navigation facilities. Then noticing that, Minister responsible for Works, Transport and Communication Hon.Eng.Isack Kamwelwe directed that impediment should not obstruct from the Airport usage, therefore RNAV(GNSS) approach procedure was designed to facilitate smooth operational of aircrafts movements.
RNAV(GNSS) approach procedure, it is an area navigation (RNAV) or a procedure that enable a pilot to land without the need of having other air navigation equipment installed on the ground such as Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range(DVOR), localizer , Non-Directional radio Beacon(NDB), Distance Measuring Equipment(DME ) etc.
DGTCAA mentioned other Airports in the country that are having RNAV(GNSS) approach procedure facilities are JNIA, KIA, AAKIA, Mwanza, Dodoma, Songwe, Iringa, Kigoma and Tabora.
He stressed that, benefits of having RNAV(GNSS) approach procedure is that, a pilot can land anytime at the Airport during all weather conditions.
At the moment Mpanda Airport is manned from Songwe Airport control tower, but plans are underway to build its own control tower as traffic may increase.
Air Tanzania is landing at Mpanda Airport three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with its aircraft Bombardier Q400 following the RNAV(GNSS) approach procedure existence.