LP Approaches are now Available

The 7 February 2013 NavData update from Jeppesen includes RNAV approaches with LP (localizer performance) minimums. You can read more about LP at my blog here and in AIM 1-1-20 (b)(3):

A new nonprecision WAAS approach, called Localizer Performance (LP) is being added in locations where the terrain or obstructions do not allow publication of vertically guided LPV procedures. This new approach takes advantage of the angular lateral guidance and smaller position errors provided by WAAS to provide a lateral only procedure similar to an ILS Localizer. LP procedures may provide lower minima than a LNAV procedure due to the narrower obstacle clearance surface.

NOTE–WAAS receivers certified prior to TSO C-145b and TSO C-146b, even if they have LPV capability, do not contain LP capability unless the receiver has been upgraded. Receivers capable of flying LP procedures must contain a statement in the Flight Manual Supplement or Approved Supplemental Flight Manual stating that the receiver has LP capability, as well as the capability for the other WAAS and GPS approach procedure types.

As noted above, you must have a WAAS-capable, IFR-approved GPS navigator to fly LP procedures. In addition, your unit must have the correct operating system software installed, and the supplement to your AFM must permit you to fly to LP minimums based on the equipment installed in your aircraft.

At present, there are 413 Localizer Performance (LP) approach procedures in the U.S. The map below is a bit out of date, but it gives you a general idea of where these procedures are located. You can find lists of approaches with LP minimums at this FAA website. The information is in Microsoft Excel worksheets that you can filter and sort.


March 7, 2013 AIM Update

FAA has published the 7 March 2013 update (PDF) to the AIM. The full version of the updated AIM will be available here. Changes include:

1−1−14. User Reports on NAVAID Performance
This change updates guidance to specifically address the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

1−1−19. Global Positioning System (GPS)
This change describes the requirements for two independent navigation systems. It also clarifies the application of different Technical Standard Orders and updates the guidance for standalone GPS approaches. In addition, this change clarifies the term UNRELIABLE as used in conjunction with GPS notices to airmen. Document references have also been updated throughout the paragraph where applicable.

5−2−7. Departure Control
This change incorporates verification of the assigned area navigation (RNAV) standard instrument departure (SID) to pilots prior to departure into the Aeronautical Information Manual and other Air Traffic publications.

5−3−4. Airways and Route Systems
This change adds guidance for using “T−Routes” and “Q−Routes.” Document references have also been updated throughout the paragraph where applicable.

5−4−5. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts
This change updates guidance regarding the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) and updates document references where applicable.