About Airways - What does Airways do?
Airways is a State-owned Enterprise (SOE), a fully-owned subsidiary of the NZ Government operating as a commercial business. Our staff of 750 deliver the following services to both NZ and the international community:
- Control all air movements within NZ’s 30 million sq km's of controlled airspace (over 1 million movements annually)
- Develop, install and maintain critical infrastructure and flight path systems through out New Zealand
- Manage air traffic control towers and radar centres (Airways maintains NZ’s 2 radar centres, 7 international airports, 15 regional airports and 3 military bases)
- Provide technical and engineering services to NZ airports
- Design airspace requirements
- Develop maps and charts of airspace requirements for use by pilots and navigators
- Train air traffic controllers for both the domestic and international market
- Provide flight inspection services for airports throughout Australasia and the South Pacific.
- Operate consultancy services throughout Asia, Pacific and the Middle East
- Collaborate in international forums on aviation environmental and sustainability initiatives
Key Airways Documents
- Follow the link below to access all our key documents amd media releases.
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What is Air Traffic Control?
Air traffic control is a combination of human expertise and leading edge technology.
Airways owns and installs air navigation and communications systems which provide guidance to aircraft flying through New Zealand airspace. These systems include:
- Radar (primary and secondary)
- Satellite navigation
- Navigation aids
- Non-directional beacons (NDBs)
- Instrument landing
- Airfield lighting
- Oceanic control
This technology is supported by a range of technical and professional staff:
- Airspace designers
- Software developers and engineers
- Specialist technicians
- Flight information officers
- Air traffic controllers
Who funds air traffic management in NZ?
Airways is the world’s first fully commercial ANSP. That means our business is funded entirely by the people who use our services. In most other countries, ANSP's are funded by their Government.
Airways generates its revenue from:
- Charges to commercial customers (ie major airlines)
- Charges to the General Aviation (GA) community (small aircraft operators)
- Offshore training
- International project management and consultancy