Sept. 19, 2014

On Sept. 18, air traffic control began using several new RNAV procedures in and out of the Phoenix, AZ-area airports. There will be a total of five new STARs and nine new SIDs.

New RNAV Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARs)

There will be five new RNAV STARs implemented into the Phoenix-area airports.

  • PINNG ONE from the Southeast into PHX (replaces the KOOLY4)
  • HYDRR ONE from the West into PHX (replaces the GEELA6)
  • BRUSR ONE from the North into PHX (replaces the MAIER5)
  • EAGUL SIX from the Northeast into PHX (replaces the EAGUL5)
  • DSERT ONE from the North and Northeast includes Phoenix Satellite Airports

Note the PINNG ONE, HYDRR ONE, BRUSR ONE and EAGUL SIX are specific to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) only

The DSERT ONE ARRIVAL (RNAV) will be utilized for numerous Phoenix area airports to include the following:

  • PHX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • IWA – Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
  • SDL – Scottsdale Airport
  • DVT – Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport
  • GEU – Glendale Municipal Airport
  • FFZ – Falcon Field Airport
  • CHD – Chandler Municipal Airport
  • GYR – Phoenix Goodyear Airport
  • P19 – Stellar Airpark

Review FAA guidance’s on the new STARs to be implemented and the routes to file for each procedure.

New RNAV Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs)

There will be nine new RNAV SIDs out of the Phoenix-area airports:


Review FAA guidance on which SID to file along with preferred routings.

Ground-based Interval Management Spacing / GIM-S

In addition, Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ATC) has begun testing a new traffic management tool called ground-based interval management spacing (GIM-S), which is a new automation system supporting time-based flow management metering operations. It will specifically be used on the EAGUL RNAV arrival into PHX.

Albuquerque Center ATC will issue speed restrictions to aircraft filed on the EAGUL 6 arrival as far out as 500 nautical miles from PHX in order to begin the terminal spacing and increase traffic flow efficiency. Speed advisories will be issued in mach speeds, to aircraft in level flight, at or above FL250.

GIM-S speed advisories will not be issued after SLIDR intersection on the EAGUL arrival (pilots are expected to fly published speeds after SLIDR).

Review the FAA’s GIM-S presentation. (PDF)