National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan

Modernising the NZ aviation system - release from Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee 16 Jun 2014

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Progress Update

For all who participated in the consultation on the Civil Aviation Authority’s draft National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan, thank you for your feedback.

The written responses we received, and the feedback from the draft Plan workshops around the country, highlighted several important issues, including:

  • General support for the move to a more modern approach to air navigation in New Zealand.
  • The need for the Plan and its subsequent implementation to include mechanisms to smooth the transition from radar to ADS-B surveillance for the general aviation sector.
  • A keen interest in ongoing consultation and discussion between the CAA and the aviation sector.

These, and all other points raised in the consultation process have been used by the CAA in the development of the Plan. This document will be released after Cabinet approval.

Summary of Public Submissions Received on The draft National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan

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Consultation Documents

Consultation on the draft Plan has now closed. The consultation document and related questions and answers are available below:

Draft National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan (772 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Consultation Meetings

As part of the consultation process, seven workshops were held across the country between 18 November and 18 December on the draft Plan. Feedback from the workshops was included in the summary of submissions available to view above. The presentation used at the workshops is available below.

Presentation - Draft National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan Consultation: 29 Oct 2013 - 03 Feb 2014

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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.

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Airspace and Air Navigation Plan - A Framework

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Contact Information

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Further Information

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