Aviation plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s economic wellbeing.
Its economic value to New Zealand’s economy is estimated currently at around $10billion, with the potential to grow in the next five years to between $12 -$15Billion.
There are more than 1000 organisations that contribute to the aviation industry, employing some 23,525 New Zealanders.
This projected long-term growth in the aviation sector means it is essential to maintain the vitality of aviation through safe, efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable air navigation services.
Airways currently employs a range of technologies - on the ground, in the air and onboard aircraft - to ensure pilots, their passengers and cargo reach their destinations safely.
We have also embarked on a project – Vision 2015 – that explores all aspects of our service delivery – from technology, systems, infrastructural assets right through to our people – to ensure that we are investing in future Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems which will provide for optimum use of enhanced technology capabilities; both airborne and ground based.
Vision 2015 outlines the expectations, deliverables and benefits of adopting a whole of system approach to meet the future ATM requirements in New Zealand.
It supports the New Zealand State Air Navigation Plan and incorporates International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) mandates.
Vision 2015 is built on the work of an industry-driven project team which includes the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and various aviation group representatives including the airlines, the military and General Aviation interest groups.
Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, we anticipate an operating environment where an aircraft’s profile will be managed from departure gate to arrival gate. This will require a progressive shift in the role of the current ATM system, from one of tactical control, to strategic control and exception management.
This is the philosophy of Air Traffic Enabling, ATE, which will allow members of the ATM community, especially airspace users to participate in decisions that affect them and is a fundamental requirement to establish future directives and work practices.
CAT III ILS Images Auckland
Multi Lateration - Queenstown Images
Air navigation - no matter what the weather
The impact of fog and adverse weather has been lessened for NZ travellers, thanks to a combination of enhanced navigation lighting and new surveillance technologies, known as CAT III ILS and Multi-lateration (MLAT).
Airways installation of this new technology is a first for the Southern hemisphere and means specially-equipped aircraft can now land and take-off in fog.
"The savings associated with fog-induced aircraft diversions, passenger travel disruptions and flight cancellations have been dramatically reduced"
Capt David Morgan, GM Airline Operations & Safety for Air New Zealand.
Multi-Lateration - cutting edge technology for Queenstown
Airways is constanlty seeking out new technology in our drive to improve and increase efficiency and safety in air traffic management.
We are currently installing Multi-Lateration (MLAT) into the mountains surrounding Queenstown. Its use there is considered ‘cutting edge’ and Airways adoption of this proven
technology is regarded as being amongst the best deployment in the world currently.
The accuracy and reliability of MLAT allows Airways staff in the control tower to accurately know where all the aircraft are operating in the Queenstown basin area, resulting in improved safety and flight regularity for the Queenstown community