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    FAA Approval  - The North Shore Route Is Adopted - July 2012

    Background: The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), commissioned in
    2003, provides very precise navigation service to guide aircraft on departures,
    en-route and arrivals, including horizontal and vertical accuracy on approaches
    as low as 200 feet above all qualifying runways in the Continental United States…

    To obtain this precise approach service, either Localizer Performance with
    Vertical guidance (LPV) or Localizer Performance (LP), users need to equip
    their aircraft with a WAAS receiver.  So far, over 60,000 WAAS-capable
    receivers have been sold, with the number increasing at a rate of approximately
    1,000 units per month.

    General aviation (Part 23) aircraft have equipped aggressively with WAAS
    receivers that include LPV certification. Business and regional aircraft (Part 25)
    are also equipping with WAAS LPV in increasing numbers, with over 2,100
    of these aircraft so equipped. Many different aircraft types are now going
    through the approval process for WAAS equipage with LPV capability.

    The precise positioning service provided by WAAS also enables several
    Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) capabilities such as
    Area Navigation/Required Navigation Performance (RNAV/RNP) and Automatic
    Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) procedures and eliminates
    Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring
    (RAIM) requirements.

    Activities: In September 2011, the FAA’s Flight Test Group conducted test
    flights of Long Island’s South Shore Helicopter Route in New York State. The
    route, which runs over the water along the island’s southern coast, utilizes the
    precise positioning data provided by WAAS and can be flown by any helicopter
    equipped with up-to-date WAAS avionics. The results of the test flights conducted
    on September 12th and 13th will be used to verify the route locations, recommend
    possible modifications to the proposed routes, and to facilitate broadening the
    use of the routes for commercial helicopter operators.

    The primary routes for helicopters in New York transport passengers to and from
    the local business jet and airline airports and also between the Manhattan
    heliports and the eastern end of Long Island.

    Source: FAA, WAAS100193
    Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS),
    Quarterly Status Report September 30, 2011

Southern Route