Airspace Review

In accordance with Civil Aviation Rules, Part 71, the Civil Aviation Authority formally reviews airspace designation and classification on a regular basis. Under Civil Aviation Rule 71.11 Review of designated and classified airspace, the review must be undertaken at least every 5 years, to review each current airspace designation and classification to verify the continuing need for the airspace designation or classification.

When a review is undertaken an appropriate level of consultation with industry and affected stakeholders is undertaken.

2017 Completed Airspace Review

2017 Airspace Proposals - Final Airspace Changes - effective 09 Nov 2017 (PDF 1.25 MB)

2015 - 2018 Airspace Review Plan

The CAA is undertaking a full review of New Zealand airspace in accordance with Part 71, to be carried out from 2015 to 2018.

2015 - 2018 Airspace Review Plan (PDF)

2014 - 2016 Airspace Review Plan (PDF)

2018 Nelson and Marlborough Airspace Review

2018 Nelson and Marlborough Airspace Review - Summary of Submissions (PDF 853 KB)

2018 Nelson and Marlborough Airspace Review - Initial consultation (PDF 311 KB) - submissions closed

2017 Christchurch CTR Amendment

Proposed amendment to Christchurch CTR - User consultation (PDF 30 KB) - submissions closed

Airways New Zealand petition to the Civil Aviation Authority to amend Christchurch CTR (PDF 2.8 MB)

2017 East Coast - Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Due to circumstances, Airways has delayed the implementation of PBN procedures for this airspace until November 2018.

Therefore, the 2017 East Coast airspace review – Gisborne and Hawke's Bay has been put on hold until 2018.

Most of the submissions received during the initial consultation period involved portions of controlled airspace. Without the final designs of the controlled airspace changes, it is not possible to action these requests. The submissions received will now be considered as part of the review when it is re-activated at the end of 2017.

A summary of the submissions received will be published in early 2017

2017 East Coast Airspace Review - Gisborne and Hawke's Bay - Initial consultation (PDF 80 KB) - submissions closed

2017 Taranaki

2017 Taranaki Airspace Review - Final airspace changes consultation (PDF 310 KB) - submissions closed

2017 Taranaki Airspace Review - Subsequent consultation (PDF 50 KB) - submissions closed

2017 Taranaki Airspace Review - Summary of submissions (PDF 211 KB)

2017 Taranaki Airspace Review - Initial consultation (PDF 258 KB) - submissions closed

Airways New Zealand submissions to the Civil Aviation Authority's 2017 Taranaki Airspace Review:

New Plymouth CTR and CTA proposal (PDF 2.7 MB)

2017 Timaru MBZ Amendment

Following the consultation meeting held at Timaru on Tuesday 4 April, and reviewing subsequent submissions received as a result of that meeting, it has been determined that additional work and consultation is necessary in order to progress the matter.

Because the compressed timeline left to make the Timaru changes to meet the cut-off date for VNC publication in November was not adequate to resolve the issues raised, it has necessitated the deferral of the Timaru MBZ changes until next year.

The requested amendments to the lower level of controlled airspace in the vicinity of Ashburton and overhead Timaru will be progressed and become effective from 9 November 2017.

Proposed changes to Timaru MBZ - summary of submissions (PDF 178 KB)

Proposed changes to Timaru MBZ - User consultation (PDF 645 KB) - submissions closed

2017 Waikato CFZs' Amendments

Proposed changes to Waikato CFZs - User consultation (PDF 273 KB) - submissions closed

2017 West Coast - South Island

2017 West Coast - South Island Airspace Review - Final airspace changes consultation (PDF 175 KB) - submissions closed

2017 West Coast - South Island Airspace Review - Summary of submissions and subsequent consultation (PDF 938 KB) - submissions closed

2017 West Coast - South Island Airspace Review - Initial consultation version 2 (PDF 1 MB) - submissions closed

Completed Airspace Reviews

2016 Airspace Proposals - Final Airspace Changes (PDF 320 KB)

2016 Airspace Reviews

2016 Other Airspace Consultation

2015 Airspace Review Consultation Documents

2014 Airspace Review Consultation Documents

Radio Frequency Use in Uncontrolled Airspace

2013 Airspace Proposals - Final Decisions (PDF)

2013 Airspace Review Consultation Documents