Digital clearance services are expanding with 65% of departure clearances issued digitally for main trunk airports.
Digital Departure Clearance (DCL) was the first operational use of data link technology between aircrew and air traffic controllers within New Zealand’s domestic air traffic management environment. The service improves operational safety and efficiency by reducing the potential for operational errors caused by miscommunication and reduces radio time for pilots and controllers dealing with critical but often routine radio communications.
The introduction of a silent clearance delivery smart device app in 2018 has boosted uptake for turboprop fleets.
The service has been available since 2015 for all IFR aircraft departing from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with compatible (ED85a) communication systems.
Airways is planning to extend silent clearance services to Queenstown Airport and regional airports with the rollout of electronic flight strips.
Queenstown Airport will be first in early 2020. Preference will then be given to airports with surveillance approach services.
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