New Southern Sky
New Southern Sky is the name for the implementation phase of the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. We will continue to publish regulatory information relating to New Southern Sky on the CAA web site, but because it is a multi-agency programme, there is also a new web site:
New Southern Sky is about the practical steps aviation participants need to take to enable a safe, effective, transition to new technologies as demand for airspace increases. It is an ambitious 10-year programme with benefits that include shorter journeys, improved safety, and lower carbon emissions.
ADS-B in New Zealand (PDF 1.7 MB)
FAQs now available online
The New Southern Sky (NSS) ‘team’ including CAA, Airways, and other members of the NSS Working Group visited nine different locations from the North Shore to Invercargill during September and early October to present an update on the New Southern Sky programme.
With a focus on programme benefits and what the programme will mean for participants, these sessions were of particular interest to flight training organisations, smaller regular passenger transport operators, rescue and air ambulance services, IFR helicopter operators, and recreational fliers. These sessions were also beneficial for aviation engineering companies that are likely to be supporting aircraft updates to enable the introduction of the planned technology changes.
It was great to have such engaged and informed audiences. Along the way we were asked various questions. We have tried to capture some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQs) and respond with answers compiled by the wider NSS team and stakeholders.
Update 26 Oct 2016: Presentations from the roadshow, and a new set of FAQs are now on the New Southern Sky web site.
The many potential benefits of modernising the aviation system include shorter journeys, lower carbon emissions and improved safety. To achieve these goals it is important that we regularly review our progress to find out what has been working well, and look at areas where we can improve. There are many moving parts to NSS and now is the right time for us to take stock.
In May 2016 we welcomed international experts from New Zealand, Australia and Europe who shared their knowledge about technologies and systems that are likely to underpin New Southern Sky.
NSS 2016 Conference Programme (38 KB)
In April 2012 the Government released its National Airspace Policy. The CAA response was to develop the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. The draft Plan was opened for public consultation in November 2013, and the government approved a final plan in June 2014.
In recent years there have been significant technological advances in airspace management and air navigation services:
- Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation now allows aircraft positions to be pinpointed to within a few metres
- Radar networks are being replaced by aircraft-based surveillance systems
- Digital and satellite communication is becoming more effective
- Information is becoming more integrated into aviation systems
- Air Traffic Control systems offer enhanced air traffic management.
By taking a coordinated approach to the introduction of these technologies, New Southern Sky is enabling the greatest possible benefits for New Zealand.
Over 20 years it will enable nearly $2 billion in economic benefits through:
- Shorter flights
- Improved safety and reliability
- Fuel savings
- Lower carbon emissions.
Delivery of the Plan
The New Southern Sky plan will be delivered in three stages: 2014-15, 2016-18 and 2019-23.
The programme comprises eight key elements:
- Air navigation
- Aeronautical information
- Air traffic management
- Airspace design
- Meteorological services.
Other aspects include aircraft equipment requirements, infrastructure development, contingency and emergency systems, procedures and management tools, education and training requirements, information requirements and regulatory changes.
The New Southern Sky governance group is made up of senior representatives from:
- the CAA
- Ministry of Transport
- Airways Corporation.
The New Southern Sky working group is a collaborative management forum that meets several times a year. It is led by the Director of New Southern Sky, Steve Smyth, and includes representatives from across the civil aviation sector and the New Zealand Defence Force.
Led by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), many countries are implementing similar plans to enable a smooth transition to new technologies. These include:
- NextGen in the United States
- The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) project for European Airspace.
- Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are also well on their way to implementing their own plans.
- ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan
- ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades Framework
- ICAO Twelfth Air Navigation Conference web site
If you have any questions about New Southern Sky, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Airspace and Air Navigation Plan - A Framework
- Modernising the NZ aviation system - release from Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee 16 Jun 2014
- Ministry of Transport Airspace Policy and Plan web page
- Earlier Info - National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan