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Features April 2015 Issue

RNAV SIDS and STARs

These new versions of the old standbys introduce some subtleties and restrictions, and some new phraseology to help us deal with exceptions. The nuances can catch you.

The RNAV SIDs and STARs have been around for a few years with more popping up every day. In fact, they’ve become such an integral part of the ATC system that you hardly see any new SIDs or STARs that aren’t RNAV. Although we’ve published a few articles that cover certain aspects of these procedures, we still get a lot of questions about them. It’s time for a thorough analysis of these procedures.

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