The Island of Malta

For the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean ASAP has added RNAV waypoints to their visual approaches. Such application of RNAV in non-instrument approaches has many benefits.

Reliable and repeatable tracks are flown. Work load in the cockpit is greatly reduced. The nominal altitudes in the adjacent diagram have been added to show a continuous 3-degree descent gradient. An aircraft would end the visual arrival segment aligned with the runway, stabilized and at an altitude commensurate with a 3° approach. Notice how the down-wind and base legs of the arrival have been designed such that aircraft in the down-wind leg would be above low-level (2000 ft) VFR traffic but still remain on a 3° CDA approach.