14 Dec 2017 New Zealand PBN Implementation Plan - Revised 2017 Released!

The second edition of the New Zealand Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Implementation Plan is now available.

The Plan, delivered under the New Southern Sky programme in consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders, aims to have a full PBN environment operating in New Zealand by 2023.

 PBN is a globally recognised term for navigation procedures that rely on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment meeting specific performance standards. These standards are required because some older systems do not provide sufficient accuracy, integrity, continuity or functionality to ensure flight safety once we move to a full PBN environment by 2023.

 PBN route, departure and arrival procedures enable more accurate navigation than those utilising traditional ground-based navigation aids, such as VHF Omnidirectional Range and Non-Directional Beacons, and allow for shorter, more direct flights as well as for flexible routing. Aircraft equipped with GNSS receivers can identify their positions accurately at every point along their journey, and this means greater flexibility during flight. Most importantly these developments build on existing levels of safety in the aviation system and by enabling more accurate flight paths serve to enhance safety. They also have a positive environmental impact by reducing flight distances and times with corresponding reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

Implementation of the plan to deliver a full PBN operational environment is the responsibility of the CAA New Zealand, Ministry of Transport, Airways, Instrument Flight Rules operators, airports, NZ Defence Force and AeroPath.

Click here to view the New Zealand PBN Implementation Plan - Revised 2017