Nice Airport is an Exclusive RNP APCH Airspace

Nice airport (LFMN) will become an exclusive RNP APCH airspace from March 1, 2019 onwards. PBN procedures will be in use for both runways:
  • RWY 04: RNAV A (GNSS)
  • RWY 22: RNAV D (GNSS)
All IFR flights into Nice (LFMN) are required to comply with the RNP APCH specification and aircrafts must be equipped accordingly. Aircraft must be at least an LNAV-type RNP APCH capable in order to operate IFR flights to Nice Airport. 

Flight Preparation

ATC Flight Plan:
RNP APCH capability must be indicated in the ATC flight plan as follows:
  • Field 18: Insert ‘S1’ or ‘S2’ or
  • Field 10a: Insert ‘B’
Exempted flights must clearly indicate the flight status under the flight plan Field 18, RMK: 
  • Flights with a State status: Insert STS/HEAD or STS/STATE
  • Medical or evacuation flights: Insert STS/HOSP or STS/MEDEVAC
  • Search and rescue flights: Insert STS/SAR
  • Fire fighting flights: Insert STS/FFR
All non-compliant IFR flight plans will be rejected. 
RAIM Prediction:
Note: Certain GNSS systems require a RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) prediction check during the flight planning in order to ensure sufficient satellite coverage at the estimated time of arrival in Nice for the aircraft to perform a RNAV (GNSS) approach. Flight plan should be revised when RAIM is continuously unavailable for more than 5 minutes. 
More information and RAIM Prediction tools: 


Exemptions are available for the state and medical flights only. Any such flight must be notified to Nice ATC services 24h prior by email to:
Modification of the arrival time may be required in order to optimize the integration of these flights into the air traffic. Any other flights under IFR must comply with the RNP APCH requirement. 

Mandate Background

Surrounding mountains close to the Nice coastline create adverse weather conditions on a regular basis with reduced visibility and cloud base that affect the airport accessibility. RNP APCH mandate has been introduced to improve the overall flight safety, airport accessibility and the Air Traffic Management consistency, particularly in case of runway 22 adverse weather conditions. 

Mandate Benefits

RNAV procedures improve the overall safety and the Air Traffic Management, especially in regards with the westerly landings in adverse weather conditions: Increased minimas, more progressive ATM rates (all aircraft RNAV capable) and cost efficiencies (shorter trajectory) are the main benefits of the new PBN operations into Nice.


PBN (Performance Based Navigation): PBN is comprised of Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and describes an aircraft's capability to navigate using performance standards. 
RNAV (Area Navigation): RNAV enables aircraft to fly on any desired flight path within the coverage of ground or space based navigation aids, within the limits of the capability of the self-contained systems, or a combination of both capabilities. 
RNP (Required Navigation Performance): RNP is RNAV with the addition of onboard performance monitoring and alerting capability. A defining characteristic of RNP operations is the ability of the aircraft navigation system to monitor the navigation performance it achieves and inform the crew if the requirement is not met during an operation. 
RNAV / RNP APCH: “RNAV approach” is the name of the chart for approach procedures which comply with ICAO PBN navigation specifications for RNP approach (RNP APCH). 
More information:
GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems): Standard generic term for satellite navigation systems that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage. GNSS includes core systems (e.g. GPS) and different, aircraft/satellite/ground-based, augmentation systems (e.g. ABAS, SBAS, WAAS). 
RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring): A technology assessing the integrity of GPS signals in a GPS receiver system. Based on the published locations, paths and planned outages of the satellites, the RAIM prediction tools can calculate geographical areas without sufficient coverage. 
More information on Nice RNP APCH:


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