Submitted by aparsons_567 on Jun 21,2017
Two Paris Reliever Airports Get New Approach Procedures
This post will cover new approach procedures for Pontoise Cormeilles (LFPT) and Toussus le Noble (LFPN).
Groupe ADP is responsible for managing Pontoise Cormeilles (LFPT) and Toussus le Noble (LFPN) in addition to Paris’s Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports. Pontoise is located 16 miles (26 kilometers) Northwest of Paris and supports mostly general aviation. Toussus le Noble supports general aviation with no commercial service scheduled. French governmental aircraft are hangered and maintained at Toussus le Noble.
Per Groupe ADP, both aviation fields are receiving new approaches. New satellite- based procedures are being implemented at Toussus le Noble and Pontoise Cormeilles will receive a new ground-based instrument landing system (ILS). Groupe ADP is promoting both fields as alternative access to the city for general aviation aircraft. In normal traffic conditions, it takes about an hour to drive to Paris from each of these two airports.
Both airports have two runways. LFPT’s Runway 5/23 is 1,689 meters (5,541 feet) long, and the crosswind Runway 12/30 is 1,650 meters (5,413 feet). In addition to the new ILS approach, there is also a VOR-DME procedure available. LFPN has parallel runways, 7/25L and 7/25R. Three RNAV GNSS procedures, including LPV, LNAV/VNAV, and LNAV approaches to Runway 25R, are already in service. There are also a pair of RNAVGNSS procedures for Runway 07L (the same strip as 25R). The low minimums of the satellite approaches are comparable to those of a full ILS, giving the airport much improved utility.
According to Groupe ADP, the new procedures make Toussus le Noble and Pontoise Cormeille accessible no matter the weather conditions. This makes both airfields valuable, not only for their access to Paris but also for instrument training operations.
New rules adopted by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) now allow single-engine-turbine operations in instrument meteorological conditions (SET-IMC). This will provide turboprop charter flights the ability to fly into LFTP and LFPN as well.
These changes provide the opportunity to open a healthy flow of charter traffic bound for Paris, giving passengers throughout Europe an alternative to slow surface travel options.