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.

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)

Other Airspace Consultation

2018 Proposed restricted areas – Alexandra – Airspace user consultation
- submissions close 26 Sep 2018 now 5 pm Wednesday 07 Nov 2018

Following a public consultation meeting held on 18 Sep 2018, and requests from users, the closing date for submissions has been extended to 5 pm Wednesday 07 Nov 2018.

2018 Other Proposed Changes

Due to further work being required, the following airspace proposals have not been completed in time for the VNC update on 08 Nov 2018. It is expected that this work will be completed and final decisions on the proposed designations of airspace will be made before the end of 2018.

2018 Proposed danger area at Papawai aerodrome - Airspace user consultation (PDF 223 KB) - submissions closed

2018 Proposed restricted area - Hokianga Harbour - Airspace user consultation (PDF 263 KB) - submissions closed

2018 Proposed Ardmore CFZ extension and establishment of new Mercer CFZ - Airspace user consultation (PDF 289 KB) - submissions closed

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

Completed Airspace Reviews

2018 Airspace Proposals - Final Airspace Changes (PDF 443 KB)

2018 Airspace Reviews

2018 Other Airspace Consultation

2017 Airspace Proposals - Final Airspace Changes (PDF 1.25 MB)

2017 Airspace Reviews

2017 Other Airspace Consultation

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