AOPA hosted the third meeting of the RNAV transition working group this week at AOPA's Frederick, Maryland headquarters. RNAV airways will allow GA pilots to take greater advantage of GPS navigation capabilities. The RNAV group, which includes representatives from AOPA, the FAA, the Department of Defense, Jeppesen, and the Airline Pilots Association, is developing procedures to create and chart new RNAV routes nationwide. AOPA advocacy lead to the formation of the group.
New RNAV airways will be more direct than the current VOR to VOR Victor airways. They will also provide shorter routes through Class B and C airspace. RNAV routes could also lower altitude minimums on some existing Victor airways where VOR performance (minimum reception altitude) requires higher minimums.