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RNAV Phraseology Guide 

(Effective September 16, 2020)

The air navigation system in Canada is being modernized through the use of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) instrument flight procedures. As a key enabler of PBN, RNAV-based instrument departure and arrival procedures are being developed and published across the entire Canadian airspace system, requiring alignment between Air Traffic Services (ATS), pilots and stakeholders.

The RNAV Phraseology Guide is a reference tool for pilots and ATS personnel which describes how RNAV SID, STAR and instrument approach procedures are flown and the phraseology to be used for these procedures, effective September 16, 2020. 

Pilots are encouraged to refer to this guide for the phraseology to use and expect when interacting with ATS as of this date, as a supplement to the direction contained in Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM).

This is the fourth in a series of phraseology guides created by NAV CANADA to improve safety and efficiency, including the VFR Phraseology Guide [PDF], Ground Traffic Phraseology Guide [PDF] and IFR Phraseology Guide​.




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