Performance Based Navigation

The rules for trainee and qualified pilots about Performance Based Navigation training are changing.

From 25 August 2018, pilots may fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures provided that they have a PBN privileges endorsement to their Instrument Rating (IR) and from 25 August 2020 all pilots must have a PBN privileges endorsement to their IR or En-route Instrument Rating (EIR).

Our Performance Based Navigation manual is an interactive iBook designed specifically to teach the theory element of the PBN requirement. This digital textbook is ideal for current or recent ATPL students who have not yet passed the PBN version of the ATPL (A) Radio Navigation examination – and for any pilots who require the PBN endorsement on their licence.

During this transition phase, trainee pilots who have sat an EASA ATPL (A) Radio Navigation exam which did not examine PBN knowledge will be required to sit a supplemental PBN examination at a later date in order to gain the PBN privileges endorsement on their Instrument Rating (IR) or En-route Instrument Rating (EIR).

The Padpilot PBN iBook contains all the knowledge required for the endorsement and the supplemental PBN examination. The text, as always, is straightforward and easy to read while the interactive study features, illustrations and videos bring the theory to life, aiding understanding and memory retention.

Please note: some Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) have already adopted PBN into their approved training syllabus, and their trainee pilots are therefore entitled to take the new ATPL Radio Navigation examination which includes PBN. This means their IR will be suitably endorsed automatically. The Padpilot ATPL(A) Radio Navigation iBook has included the chapters needed for the PBN syllabus for the past year, so Padpilot partner schools have been entering their students for the newer PBN version of ATPL Radio Navigation this year and the latest version of the Padpilot ATPL Radio Nav iBook (2.12) includes updates based on recent exam feedback. Therefore, any individual already in possession of the Padpilot ATPL(A) Radio Navigation iBook, does NOT need this new PBN iBook.

The Padpilot Performance Based Navigation iBook is available from the iBookstore here.