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)

2019 Airspace Reviews

2019 Whenuapai CTR and surrounding GAAs

2019 Whenuapai Airspace review - Consultation (PDF 25 KB)

2019 Whenuapai Airspace Review - Proposal (PDF 3.8 MB)

2019 East Coast - Gisborne and Hawke's Bay - deferred until 2020

The subsequent consultation period for the Hawkes Bay/Gisborne Airspace review has now closed. Due to circumstances, Airways have delayed the implementation of PBN procedures associated with this airspace until 2020. Given that changes to airspace and implementation of instrument flight procedures are interconnected, the airspace review - Gisborne and Hawkes Bay has been deferred until November 2020.

A summary of submissions for the current consultation period will be published mid-2019 and will also incorporate the initial consultation conducted in 2017. The submissions received will now be considered as part of the 2020 review. If it is considered necessary, a further consultation period and meeting will be held early 2020. This period will also consider any further airspace amendments to the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne review petitioned to the Director from now.

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 was not possible to action these requests. The submissions received will now be considered as part of the review now re-activated.

A summary of the initial submissions received will be published in early Feb 2019.

2019 East Coast Airspace Review - Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay - Subsequent Consultation (PDF 24 KB) - submissions closed

Airways New Zealand submissions to the Civil Aviation Authority's 2019 East Coast Airspace Review:

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

2019 Other Proposed Changes

2019 Proposed CFZs North Wellington

Proposed common frequency zones - North Wellington - airspace user consultation (PDF 24 KB)

Proposal for new Common Frequency Zones (CFZs) in north Wellington area - Kapiti User Group (PDF 3.5 MB)

Submissions close 17 Apr 2019

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 soon.

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

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