The Northern ‘SMART approaches’, a twelve month initiative trialled by the aviation industry and aimed at improving flight path and aircraft efficiency and reducing the impact of aircraft noise on the community, ended on 31 October 2013...Read more
ASPIRE - leading from the front
Airways is a world-leader in exploring technological innovations and implementing best practice initiatives to help reduce the impact of aviation on the environment. An example of this is our foundation membership of ASPIRE, the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions...Read more
Working together for a sustainable future
ANSPs are working closely with their airline industry partners to develop technology and procedures to reduce fuel burn and CO² emissions. Airways has won international accolades for its implementation of Collaborative Flow Management (CFM) tools, which over the past year have saved their major airline customers in NZ around $15 million in reduced fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions by around 32 million tonnes.
“ANSPs are now a key part of enabling airlines to operate better. By working closely with airlines, we can develop technologies that deliver real savings, both economically and environmentally, without impacting on safety and service delivery. Tools like CFM benefit everyone – ANSPs, the airlines and ultimately, their passengers” said developer, Chris McGaw
Performance-based Navigation (PBN) is a ‘whole of system’ approach that is fundamentally changing the way we fly.
PBN is the GPS of aviation. It uses satellites to pinpoint the exact location of aircraft, which means greater ability for ANSPs to be more dynamic in their use of airspace. PBN means you can fly any path in the sky and you can go anywhere you want whereas with conventional flight you could only fly between, or to and from, aids.
“For Airways, PBN instills the concept that now, smart air traffic controlling is about understanding customer service. We’re now factoring in their business needs, like enabling minimum fuel burn, whilst still providing the best runway capacity and required safety standards” says Airways PBN Project Coordinator, Kevin Bethwaite.