Airways New Zealand the first ANSP to receive ICAO endorsement for PBN procedure design
07 November 2012
Airways New Zealand is the first Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) in the world to receive ICAO's endorsement as an instrument procedure design organisation for Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and conventional designs.
Design and implementation of PBN is one of the most significant challenges and opportunities facing ANSPs, with considerable potential to improve safety, efficiency and capacity. Airways has overcome the challenge faced by many ANSPs of creating the capacity and capability to undertake such a complex project.
PBN procedures are recognised by the aviation industry as key to improving the efficiency, capacity and safety of air operations. The New Zealand aviation sector has already benefitted from introducing PBN at several locations across the country. For example, PBN implementation at the important tourist destination of Queenstown, which has some of the most challenging terrain in the world, has improved safety and enabled jet operations to continue in a variety of weather conditions.
As a result of PBN, the number of flight movements in Queenstown has increased from five to 12 an hour, bringing big benefits to Airways, the airlines and the region.
Obrad Puškarica, Aeronautical Design and Development Team Leader at Airways, says "we’re delighted to have been endorsed by ICAO for our PBN and conventional design services. Our team of procedure designers has a lot of experience in PBN design and implementation both within New Zealand and from working with other countries all over the world.”
“We’ve done many different types of PBN flight procedures for varying environmental and traffic conditions, weather conditions and mixed fleet capabilities. We’re proud to have this experience recognised in this manner," says Obrad.
Ed Sims, Airways CEO, concludes “The practical, pragmatic, and cost-effective approach taken by the Airways team has led to several successful implementations which continue to deliver benefits to airspace users.”
ICAO Air Navigation Bureau Director Nancy Graham presents Airways
PBN Implementation Manager Kevin Bethwaite with ICAO's endorsement plaque.
To find out more about Airways PBN procedure design services, please contact:
Airways Training Solutions Manager
Ph: +64 3 357 2831
Mobile: 021 686 127
- Airways is a world-leading commercial Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), and operates in New Zealand as a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE).
- We look after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and manage the more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million sq km of airspace.
- Airways delivers air traffic control and engineering training, and provides air traffic management and navigation services and consultancy in more than 65 countries.
- For more information about Airways please visit www.airways.co.nz
What is Air Traffic Control?
Air Traffic Control comprises the various aircraft navigation and communication systems that use computers, radar, radios, and other instruments and devices to provide guidance to flying aircraft.
Trained personnel working as air traffic controllers at stations on the ground constantly monitor these systems and track the locations and speeds of individual aircraft. Controllers can warn aircraft should they come too close to each other. Air traffic control is also used for the safe coordination of landings and takeoffs at airports.
Aviation plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s economic wellbeing.
Projected long-term growth of the aviation sector globally means it is essential to maintain the vitality of aviation through safe, effi cient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable air navigation services. To ensure this, future Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems must provide for optimum use of enhanced technology capabilities; both airborne and ground based.