Instrument Flight Procedure Design
gCAP, incorporated in 2003, is a respected provider of IFP Design Services. In December 2017, the Company was acquired by Osprey CSL where it continues to operate as an Osprey subsidiary.
As a UK CAA-Approved Procedures Design (APD) organisation, gCAP are authorised to carry out work on all types of Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP). Now having access to one of the UK’s largest design teams, allows us to be extremely responsive to the needs of our clients. Of note, many of our IFP designers have a strong operational background, giving us a somewhat unique view of how we can make your IFP’s work effectively for your operation.
Whilst not exhaustive, below is a list of some of the services we can provide:
IFP Design & Feasibility Studies
We assist Air Navigation Services Providers, Aerodromes and Aircraft Operators with the planning and design of flight procedures based on both conventional and satellite-based navigation, in accordance with CAA standards.
We can also conduct feasibility studies to assess the cost and benefits of new flight procedures, or optimise existing procedures for efficiency and to assess their impact on the environment.
Licenced Airports & Aerodromes are responsible for ensuring that all published IFP’s are reviewed as a minimum, every five years. Our approach is to work closely with our clients to discuss the existing published IFP’s to ensure that they are meeting current needs, and will continue to do so for the next five years. The ongoing review and safeguarding of IFP’s can be a time consuming, and sometimes costly process (but lower than for initial designs), so our aim is to ensure that the published IFP’s offer the best and most effective solutions for both the airport and their users. In this way we can assist in significantly reducing the cost of subsequent reviews.
Licenced Airports ensure safe operations in the vicinity of the airport by minimising, as far as practicable, any penetration of the Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS). Whilst the OLS offers vital protection to aircraft against new and existing developments, they do not ensure that IFP’s remain unaffected by such developments. It is vital that airports are made aware of any new development that may require an increase to the published Obstacle Clearance altitude (OCA).
In the UK, such IFP safeguarding studies can only be undertaken by a CAA Approved Procedure Designer working within an audited and approved Quality Assurance structure. Osprey can assist airports to identify critical areas outside of the OLS in which Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) are made aware that any new structures will require an assessment on the published IFP’s. Overlays can be made available to LPA’s in a format that enables them to quickly assess any proposed structures and advise the airport that there may be a potential impact. We can also provide Airports with IFP Safeguarding Mapping that quickly enables their Safeguarding teams to identify those areas that are particularly sensitive to new developments and may affect published IFP’s.
Contact us today: We’d be delighted to speak without commitment about how we may be able to help you.
Read the full gCAP acquisition press release here.