Continuous descent approach

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Term continuous descent approach
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continuous descent operation (CDO)

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Abbreviation

CDA

Definition

an aircraft operating technique in which an arriving aircraft descends from an optimal position with minimum thrust and avoids level flight to the extent permitted by the safe operation of the aircraft and compliance with published procedures and ATC instructions.

Definition Source

EUROCONTROL (2010) CDA Team

Note

CDA is a subset of the ICAO Continuous Descent Operations Concept (Doc 9931). The CDA definition may change once the ICAO CDO definition is finalised.


NB: The term 'level flight’ required to fulfil this definition should be locally determined for performance monitoring.