Consultation has Closed
Consultation on the draft National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan has closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback on the proposals. Comments recieved on the draft Plan will be carefully considered and used to help inform a final recommendation to the Government, about the end of March 2014. We will keep you informed of the progress of this work as it proceeds, via this web site and email. To receive email updates, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation document and related questions and answers are available below:
Airways are currently consulting on the Airways Future Navigation Aid Strategy. This paper supports the Performance Based Navigation section of the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. It sets out the proposed changes to Navigation Aids supporting en-route and terminal operations in New Zealand. For further information, please email: Russ.Akehurst@airways.co.nz.
As part of the consultation process, five workshops were held across the country between 18-22 November on the draft Plan. Feedback from the workshops will be included in the summary of submissions when consultation concludes.
If you missed the workshops and you have a group who would like to know more about the proposals in the draft Plan, or would like the opportunity to give direct feedback, please email email@example.com to request additional meetings.
Development of the Plan
In recent years there have been significant technological advances in airspace management and air navigation services worldwide. Satellite (GNSS) navigation now allows aircraft positions to be pinpointed to within a few metres, radar networks are being replaced by aircraft-based surveillance systems (ADS-B), digital and satellite communication is developing, information is more integrated and air traffic control systems now allow more predictive aircraft management.
This modernisation of the airspace and air navigation system will improve the efficiency of air traffic movements, allow more accurate navigation, reduce reliance on ground-based systems, improve communications and increase availability of information for more effective decision-making. These changes will result in reduced operating costs and improved aviation safety.
Lead by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, many countries are developing plans to enable transition to the new technologies, including the ‘NextGen’ plan in the United States and the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research project for European Airspace. Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are also well on their way to implementing their own plans.
To respond to the changing environment and to take advantage of the benefits of the new technology, the Government released the National Airspace Policy on 26 April 2012. Information on the Policy can be found on the Ministry of Transport’s web site.
The National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan will deliver on the principles set out in the National Airspace Policy. Its aim is to provide guidance to the aviation industry about the future direction of the Airspace and Air Navigation system in New Zealand, and to ensure that the industry has confidence about the investment decisions that will be required. It will set out the practical steps that need to be taken by all participants in New Zealand’s aviation system to effectively manage airspace as demand increases and technology advances.
The Plan will cover air navigation, surveillance, communications, aeronautical information, air traffic management, airspace design, aerodromes and meteorological services. Proposed actions set out in the plan will include aircraft equipment requirements, infrastructure development, contingency and emergency systems, procedures and management tools, education and training requirements, information requirements and associated regulatory changes.
- New Zealand National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan Workshop, 20 Sep 2011
- Airspace and Air Navigation Plan Workshop, 3 Nov 2011
- Task Groups
For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan
- ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades Framework
- Ministry of Transport Airspace Policy and Plan web page
- ICAO Twelfth Air Navigation Conference web site