About Direct Approach

Direct Approach is a Canadian based company providing instrument flight procedure design services worldwide. Our clients include airports, flight operators, resource companies, civil aviation regulatory agencies, and anyone with an interest in safe and efficient air access. We are a world leader in GNSS / GPS approach design.

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Update November 27, 2013:
Direct Approach is pleased to announce that Transport Canada has now approved our new TP-308 Annex E "Terrain and Obstacle Data" distance learning course.

If you require this training for your TP308 Change 5.3 or 6.0 qualifications, please contact us for details!

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Update September 2013 - Tswalu:
Direct Approach is pleased to announce the commissioning of new GNSS approaches to the Tswalu game reserve in South Africa.

Update August 2013 - Haradh:
Direct Approach is proud to announce the successful flight check and commissioning of new LNAV/VNAV approaches at Haradh, Saudi Arabia for Saudi Aramco.

Recent Projects:
Direct Approach recently completed successful commissioning flight checks on the following new or updated approaches:

- Vancouver Harbour: COPTER GNSS 071° (Helijet)
- Haradh, Saudi Arabia: GNSS LNAV/VNAV (Saudi Aramco)
- Mary River, NU (CMR2): RNAV (GNSS) RWY 12T/30T
- Kirby Lake, AB (CRL4): RNAV (GNSS) RWY 08/26
- Sonora Resort, BC (CSR6): COPTER RNAV (GNSS) 310° & 311° updates
- Primrose, AB (CFN6): New GNSS approaches
- Clinton / Bliebler, BC (CYIN): New RNAV (GNSS) RWY 11

2010 / 2011 - ICAO
Marinus Waterberg of Direct Approach is contracted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal to assess and review the Airport Vicinity Protection Area (AVPA) RFP on behalf of the Sultanate of Oman.

July 2010 - PAPI Flight Checks:
Recent level of service changes by Transport Canada now requires that airport operators arrange for their own PAPI flight checks. Direct Approach can provide a qualified inspector to conduct these on your behalf. Contact us for more information.

June 2009 - Beyla, Guinea GNSS:
Direct Approach completes the successful flight validation of the first GNSS (GPS) approaches and departures in the Republic of Guinea. Read the full report here.

April 2009 - 8260.54A RNAV training:
Direct Approach announces that it is the first Canadian company to receive training in the FAA's new RNAV criteria. This criteria covers all types of RNAV and GNSS / GPS approach design including RNP, LPV, BARO VNAV, LNAV, and GNSS based departures. Transport Canada has approved this material as the new TP308 Change 6.0.

Why Direct Approach?

Procedure design is a very technical field, and requires special training. It also requires years of experience to be able to provide your site with an optimum design.

Before you contract a procedure designer, ask the following:

  • Have they been trained by an accredited agency?
  • Is the training recognized by the local Civil Aviation Authority?
  • Do they have experience in the type of operations you need?
  • Are they covered by a professional liability policy?

At Direct Approach, we only use the most experienced procedure designers, and all our personnel have received properly recognized training in:

  • TP308

We are recognized experts in RNAV (GNSS), high altitude & mountainous terrain, and rotary wing procedures.

Our designers have created and published over 100 approaches and departures in:

  • North America
  • Australia
  • Africa
  • South America

With Direct Approach you can be assured that you get only the most experienced and fully trained technical experts. Let us help you increase your accessibility, safety, and operational efficiency with an IFR GPS or conventional approach and departure!

Ask us how Direct Approach can help improve your operational efficiency, access, and safety.

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Client Feedback::

Our primary goal is to provide our clients with the best product and service possible. We appreciate their feedback and are pleased to offer these comments from our clients:

"I want to congratulate you on the quality of the submission.  It is by far the best structured and most comprehensive submission the SACAA has ever received!  I have my staff volunteering to validate the designs. I have requested to be able to use your submission as an example of what is expected of a submission in future.  I would like to use it as a standard that all submissions will need to comply to in the future."  (March 2014)

"Impressive work, this is way beyond our expectations. Thank you and your team for such a great job." (June 2013)

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