Gunnison, CO (KGUC)
Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport
The Gunnison-Crested Butte airport is located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The airport is in the Gunnison Valley and has numerous peaks rising above 13,000’ MSL that encircle the airport within 40 nm. Tenderfoot Mountain is only 1 nm southeast of the airport. There are FAA public procedures for both runways; however, two of these procedures are Authorization Required (RNP), both without Category D minimums. Also noteworthy is the high elevation of the airport (7,680’ MSL). The Gunnison Valley is subject to low clouds and fog, which can make access challenging for operators without a low minima special procedure.
Advancements in aircraft avionics have enabled Flight Tech to develop navigation procedures for properly equipped operators. These procedures take advantage of new navigation methods such as A-RNP (Advanced RNP), and WAAS LPV, to enable specially designed routing that flies over lower terrain, thereby reducing approach angles and airspeeds allowing aircraft to operate up to Category D speeds. The result is a predictable stabilized approach to lower weather minimums than traditionally available. The approach offers multiple initial approach fix entry points from the enroute structure without a need for a procedure turn to a straight in LPV final.
RNAV (GPS) M RWY 06 – WAAS LPV
- DA 7,917’ (250’)
- ¾ miles visibility.
- Requires RNP 0.30 in the missed approach segment.