Airspace Review

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2015 - 2018 Airspace Review Plan Northland 2016
Waikato and Bay of Plenty 2016 Manawatu 2016
Queenstown 2014 Canterbury 2014
Other Current Consultation Completed Airspace Reviews

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

2014 - 2016 Airspace Review Plan

Northland 2016

Comments are invited on subsequent consultation, including the earlier consultation summaries below. Submissions close Friday 11 Mar 2016.

Northland Airspace Review - subsequent consultation (32 KB)

Earlier consultation:

Northland Airspace Review - Summary of Submissions

Northland Airspace Reivew -  Submissions Received (5 MB)


Northland Airspace Review - Initial Consultation

Submissions closed 07 Aug 2015

Waikato and Bay of Plenty 2016

Comments are invited on subsequent consultation, including the Airways' submissions and earlier consultation summaries below. Submissions close 25 Feb 2016.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Airspace Review - Subsequent Consultation (22 KB)

Airways New Zealand submissions to the Civil Aviation Authority's 2016 Waikato and Bay of Plenty Airspace Review:

Tauranga CTR and CTA Proposal (1.2 MB)

Hamilton CTR and CTA Proposal (858 KB)

Rotorua CTR and CTA Proposal (1.3 MB)

Earlier consultation:

Waikato and Bay of Plenty Airspace Review - Summary of Submissions

Waikato and Bay of Plenty Airspace Review - Submissions (11 MB)


Waikato and Bay of Plenty Airspace Review - Initial Consultation

Submissions closed 07 Aug 2015

Manawatu 2016

Comments are invited on subsequent consultation, including the Airways' submissions and earlier consultation summaries below. Submissions close 25 Feb 2016.

Manawatu Airspace Review - Subsequent Consultation (38 KB)

Airways New Zealand submissions to the Civil Aviation Authority's 2016 Manwatu Airspace Review:

Palmerston North CTR and CTA Proposal (1.1 MB)

Earlier consultation:

Manawatu Airspace Review - Summary of Submissions (746 KB)

Manawatu Airspace Review - Submissions (3.2 MB)


Manawatu Airspace Review - Initial Consultation (2.7 MB)

Submissions closed 07 Aug 2015

Queenstown 2014

The Director’s decision to change the airspace classification of Queenstown controlled airspace to Class C was advised on 30 Oct 2015. As advised in the notification, the CAA will be engaging with users about changes to current airspace management.

You are invited to a user meeting:

6 to 8 pm Thursday 18 Feb 2016

St John Ambulance Building, 10 Douglas Street, Frankton

Work has continued on developing the proposed procedures as published in Airways’ Queenstown Class C Airspace Application of Separation document (below), including issues raised at the workshops with users held in Jul 2014.

Queenstown Class C Airpsace Application of Separation - Airways (3.9 MB)

The Milford flow procedure work is nearly complete and it is intended that Airways will make a presentation of the outcome. Work continues on separation required between parachute operations and IFR aircraft. If the proposed procedures are available in time, these will also be presented at the meeting.

At the user consultation meeting held 26 May 2014, it was agreed to hold a workshop with users, Airways, and the CAA regarding VFR procedures and required Class C separation standards prior to the Director making a final decision. The dates for the workshops are 31 July and 1 August 2014 - see the Workshops notice below.

The CAA will provide guidance and advice in relation to any air traffic management areas that need a CAA interpretation.

Queenstown Airspace Review - Final Decision

Queenstown Airspace Classification Review - Workshops

Minutes of the consultation meeting held between CAA and Queenstown users 26 May 2014

Queenstown Airspace Classification Review - Summary of Submissions

Queenstown Airspace Classification Review - Consultation Document - Feb 2014
- submissions closed 02 May 2014

Canterbury 2014

Proposed Restricted Areas - Canterbury (1.4 MB) - submissions close 07 Aug 2014

Other Current Consultation

Proposed CFZ at Masterton – user consultation (553 KB)

Submissions close Thursday 17 Mar 2016

Proposal to amend CTA west of Queenstown - user consultation (206 KB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposed Central Otago General Aviation Area - airspace user consultation -  (1.3 MB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposed amendment to Auckland CTR - airspace user consultation (1.6 MB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposed amendments to Queenstown and Invercargill controlled airspace - User Consultation (2 MB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposed Amendment to Nelson CTA - user consultation (666 KB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposal for designation of permanent danger area at Middlemarch (720 KB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Proposed amendment to boundary of control area - south of New Plymouth (420 KB)

Submissions close Thursday 25 Feb 2016

Completed Airspace Reviews

2015 Airspace Review Consultation Documents

2014 Airspace Review Consultation Documents

Radio Frequency Use in Uncontrolled Airspace

2013 Airspace Proposals - Final Decisions

2013 Airspace Review Consultation Documents

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