The government agreed in August 2011 to the development of a National Airspace Policy and a National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. The CAA is leading the development of the Plan, and updates on progress will be posted here.
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.
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In line with global trends, airspace management and air navigation systems are undergoing significant change in New Zealand, from equipment-based to performance-based systems. Examples of these changes include the introduction of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for aircraft navigation, Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches to several aerodromes, and multilateration to assist in the situational awareness of air traffic around Queenstown.
Together with the overarching National Airspace Policy, the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan will ensure that these changes are managed in a coordinated, effective and efficient way. The Plan will cover a number of different areas of work: airspace; communications, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM); aeronautical information; meteorological information; and aerodromes. Each area of work will further consider implications such as: aircraft, licensing and training requirements; regulatory requirements; and environmental, efficiency, and security considerations.
The Plan will be developed in cooperation with aviation sector stakeholders, and will also be guided by international frameworks for harmonisation, in particular the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan. Work on the Plan is expected to be largely complete by late 2012.
An important component of the Plan is Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and related updates will be posted on that web page. You can also subscribe to our Email Notification Service for updates on PBN.
- 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 contact Shannon Scott, Tel: +64 4 560 9445.
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) web site (Air Navigation Bureau)
- ICAO Papers and Presentations
- Ministry of Transport Airspace Policy and Plan web page
- ICAO Twelfth Air Navigation Conference web site