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CAA release PBN Operational End-State 2023 document

23 November 2018
CAA release PBN Operational End-State 2023  document

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to announce the release of the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Operational End-State 2023: A Regulatory View document.The document provides operators with a regulatory view of the future PBN ...

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South Island operators get on board with PBN

21 November 2018
South Island operators get on board with PBN

A large number of South Island operators have literally got on board with PBN this week, getting to see how the system works from the cockpit of a PBN-equipped aircraft.Ridge Air chief pilot Ross McCullum and one of his company’s aircraft a...

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Last chance to register for Performance Based Navigation Expo

13 November 2018
Last chance to register for Performance Based Navigation Expo

PBN is here and it’s changing the way Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operators navigate. If you’re an IFR operator or maintenance organisation, or simply interested in changes to IFR navigation, this is the expo for you!With less than one we...

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New Southern Sky Concept of Operations 2023 Version 2

09 November 2018
New Southern Sky Concept of Operations 2023 Version 2

The National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan of 2014 provided guidance on how the eight separate domains that make up the system would contribute specific modernised elements. However, it did not provide an ‘end state’ or picture of what t...

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Limited spaces available for Part 91/135 National PBN Expo

05 November 2018
Limited spaces available for Part 91/135 National PBN Expo

With just a couple of weeks until the official kick off the National PBN Expo, spaces are filling quickly. Ardmore and Nelson sessions are almost at capacity with other locations quickly following.If you’re an IFR Part 135 or 91 operator or...

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NSS Working Group Key Messages October 2018

29 October 2018
NSS Working Group Key Messages October 2018

 Key Messages from the New Southern Sky Working Group meeting 29th October 2018

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An invitation to hear an operator share their experiences with PBN

16 October 2018
An invitation to hear an operator share their experiences with PBN

PBN National Expo 2018If you’re an IFR Part 135 or 91 operator or training organisation and are considering equipping with Performance Based Navigation (PBN) capability  but not sure where to start, this is the expo for you! In November, Ri...

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PBN Approach19 date confirmed!

08 October 2018
PBN Approach19 date confirmed!

Registration information to come soon, for more information, email pbn@caa.govt.nz

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Satellite Navigation Made Better

13 September 2018
Satellite Navigation Made Better

Most aircraft owners and pilots already understand the benefits of GPS as a primary means of navigation and the improved surveillance coverage Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) provides. However, less is known about the ben...

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Australian Aviation NSS Update

13 September 2018
 Australian Aviation NSS Update

Australian Aviation updates it’s 2014 article on the New Southern Sky to reflect the significant progress made byNew Zealand’s Aviation sector stakeholders to deliver system modernization. You can access the 2018 article here. 

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MILESTONE ACHIEVED: Rules and Guidance for ADS-B OUT in the NZFIR

15 August 2018
MILESTONE ACHIEVED: Rules and Guidance for ADS-B OUT in the NZFIR

Major Milestone AchievedThe first major regulatory milestone has been reached in the last month with the signing of the Rule, Notice and publishing of the AC with regard to ADS-B above FL245. The Future Surveillance project team has worked ...

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Making the Most of ADS-B in General Aviation - an Australian example

24 July 2018
Making the Most of ADS-B in General Aviation - an Australian example

Former AOPA Australia president talks ADS-B benefits for General AviationAt the recent 2018 New Southern Sky Conference, Andrew Andersen, former president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Australia and GA pilot, shared h...

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General ADS-B Information Released

17 July 2018
General ADS-B Information Released

CAA releases general ADS-B Information for Aircraft Owners and Operators in the NZFIRNew Zealand is implementing Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) as its main source of surveillance data for air traffic management. With t...

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NSS Working Group Key Messages June 2018

17 July 2018
NSS Working Group Key Messages June 2018

 Key Messages from the New Southern Sky Working Group meeting 28th June 2018

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Provisional schedule for the delivery of PBN regulatory change released!

16 July 2018
Provisional schedule for the delivery of PBN regulatory change released!

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), under the New Southern Sky (NSS) programme, is pleased to announce the release of a provisional schedule for the delivery of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) regulatory changes. The schedule for regulat...

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Interim PBN Flight Paths Trial Report Released

13 July 2018
Interim PBN Flight Paths Trial Report Released

In November 2017, Christchurch International Airport and its partners, embarked on a 12-month Performance Based Navigation (PBN) trial to determine the safety, environmental, economic and social benefits it could provide to travelers, the a...

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Delegates talk about the NSS Conference 2018

02 July 2018
Delegates talk about the NSS Conference 2018

During the recent NSS Conference in Auckland, a number of the delegates were asked where the value of attending a conference like this was. For many, its the chance to get together with industry representatives, the regulator and other part...

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Blair Cowles from IATA talks about the NSS Conference 2018

18 June 2018
Blair Cowles from IATA talks about the NSS Conference 2018

Blair Cowles, Regional Director for Safety and Flight Operations (SFO) in Asia-Pacific, IATA, speaks with us about the value of attending the NSS Conference. 

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The New Southern Sky Conference 2018 presentation slides now available!

15 June 2018
The New Southern Sky Conference 2018 presentation slides now available!

The second NSS Conference held from 15-16 May 2018 at the BECA Auckland offices is done! Opened by the Minister of Transport and a surprise video by Christchurch Helicopters pilot Richie McCaw, this fantastic event drew a wide range of dome...

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‘Helping you transition’ - NSS releases handy guides to support your PBN transition

08 June 2018
‘Helping you transition’ - NSS releases handy guides to support your PBN transition

Not quite sure what equipment standards and navigation specifications are required to operate in a Performance Based Navigation (PBN) environment? Or maybe you are looking for information about Acceptable Technical Data (ATD) in relation to...

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PBN workshop supports pro-active approach to regulatory change

30 May 2018
PBN workshop supports pro-active approach to regulatory change

Extractions and recovery upon loss of GPS and alternates from a PBN perspective were two focus areas discussed at the successful PBN workshop held at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) yesterday. Represented by a broad range of operators in...

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A Fantastic Opportunity to Learn How to Operate ‘DRONES’ Safely

03 May 2018
A Fantastic Opportunity to Learn How to Operate ‘DRONES’ Safely

The New Southern Sky (NSS) Conference 15/16 May is bringing to Auckland some of this country’s experts in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) and ‘drones’. The NSS programme is required by the National Airspa...

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Do you have questions about the future surveillance system or ADS-B?

27 April 2018
Do you have questions about the future surveillance system or ADS-B?

Do you have questions about the future surveillance system or ADS-B?Then check out our ADS-B FAQs/ If you can’t find your answer there please send your question to adsb@caa.govt.nz 

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Ground Based Navigation Aid Report

26 April 2018
Ground Based Navigation Aid Report

The report produced by the Ground Based Navigation Aid Review Panel (GBNA RP) is now available on the New Southern Sky website. The full report can be accessed by clicking here. 

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Performance Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS) Implementation Plan released today!

19 April 2018
Performance Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS) Implementation Plan released today!

New Southern Sky are pleased to announce the release of the New Zealand Performance Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS) Implementation Plan.The plan, delivered under the New Southern Sky programme, describes how PBCS operational cap...

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What Next-Gen air traffic control means for our skies

17 April 2018
What Next-Gen air traffic control means for our skies

Radio New Zealand Interview Director New Southern Sky Steve Smyth and Andrew Andersen Steve Smyth (Director New Southern Sky) and Andrew Andersen (former president of AOPA Australia) were interviewed by Radio New Zealand's Kathryn Ryan on N...

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Approach 18 - Industry Speaks About the PBN Forum

10 April 2018
Approach 18 - Industry Speaks About the PBN Forum

New Southern Sky's Approach 18 is an industry forum for those operators wanting to know more about Performance Based Navigation. Held at the Civil Aviation Authority over two days, this video captures the thoughts of some of the delegates i...

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2018 New Southern Sky Conference Programme Released

03 April 2018
2018 New Southern Sky Conference Programme Released

An Exciting Line-up of Speakers AnnouncedIt’s finally here.  The draft New Southern Sky Conference programme has been released today.Director NSS, Steve Smyth, says ‘This programme has been designed to have something for everyone.  With the...

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Wellington Airport Announces Flight Path Trial

21 March 2018
Wellington Airport Announces Flight Path Trial

Wellington Airport has announced its plans for a Performance Based Navigation (PBN) trial beginning in September 2018. The Performance Based Navigation (PBN) trial will see aircraft use their Global Positioning System (GPS) to follow optimi...

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Day 1 of Approach 18 kicks off in Wellington

20 March 2018
Day 1 of Approach 18 kicks off in Wellington

Approach 18 Get Underway in the CapitalApproach 18 got underway this morning with an exciting range of speakers lined up. Director NSS, Steve Smyth, welcomed many of the guests from both local and international operators. The Approach serie...

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Aeropath AIS-AIM Partnership

08 March 2018
Aeropath AIS-AIM Partnership

Aeropath Signs Deal with Snowflake SoftwareToday it was announced that Snowflake Software, a provider of cloud and on-premise software solutions for the aviation industry, is working with Aeropath to deliver an Aeronautical Information Exch...

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New Southern Sky Approach 2018 confirmed programme released

07 March 2018
New Southern Sky Approach 2018 confirmed programme released

The confirmed programme for this years Approach 18 has just been released by Steve Smyth, Director New Southern Sky. The draft programme can be seen below or you can download a PDF version here.  When: Tuesday, 20th March - Wednesday, 21st ...

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2018 NSS Hawke’s Bay Roadshow Questions and Answers

06 March 2018
2018 NSS Hawke’s Bay Roadshow Questions and Answers

Director NSS has today released the Questions and Answers generated from the recent 2018 NSS Hawke's Bay Roadshow held on 22nd February 2018. The NSS team has attempted to record and highlight most of the questions put forward by participan...

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Full throttle at PBN Helicopter Workshop

01 March 2018
Full throttle at PBN Helicopter Workshop

The impacts of the Minimum Operating Network (MON) recommended by the Ground Based Navigation Aid Review Panel were one of the focus areas discussed at the successful PBN rotary workshop held this week.The workshop, run by the CAA, was atte...

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CASA CNS/ATM Videos

26 February 2018
CASA CNS/ATM Videos

CASA CNS/ATM VideosThe New Southern Sky programme is delighted to showcase a couple of videos from our colleagues and friends at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia.  These high quality videos feature advice on planning ...

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Planned testing of non-certified / low powered ADS-B equipment

23 February 2018
Planned testing of non-certified / low powered ADS-B equipment

The 2017 NSS Roadshow highlighted interest from the sector around alternative low-power and non-certified ADS-B solutions. In response to this feedback, the NSS Programme is looking to conduct tests of non-certified/low-powered ADS-B equipm...

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NSS Napier Roadshow

22 February 2018
NSS Napier Roadshow

2018 Napier Roadshow - 22nd February 2018The NSS team (Steve Smyth, Jess Henderson, Clayton Hughes, Wayne Blythe (Airways)), with support from John Keyzer, visited Air Hawkes Bay last week to deliver the last of the ‘2017 Roadshow series’. ...

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Ground Based Navigation Aids - Recommendations Released

19 February 2018
Ground Based Navigation Aids - Recommendations Released

GROUND BASED NAVIGATION AIDS In taking advantage of the availability of the Global Positioning System (GPS), many countries have taken the opportunity to reduce the number of ground based navigation aids (GBNA) (beacons).In New Zealand, a s...

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New Southern Sky Approach 2018 draft programme released

19 February 2018
New Southern Sky Approach 2018 draft programme released

NEW SOUTHERN SKY APPROACH 18The draft programme for this years Approach 18 has just been released by Steve Smyth, Director New Southern Sky. The draft programme can be seen below or you can download a PDF verison here.   

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NSS Governance Group Welcomes New Members

26 January 2018
NSS Governance Group Welcomes New Members

The NSS Governance Group Chair Mark Hughes welcomed two new members in the first meeting of 2018. Kirstie Hewlett, Deputy Chief Executive, Regulatory & Data from the Ministry of Transport replaces Nick Brown, and Tim Boyle, GM Air Traffic S...

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First International Speakers announced for New Southern Sky Conference 2018

16 January 2018
First International Speakers announced for New Southern Sky Conference 2018

First International Speakers announced for New Southern Sky Conference 2018First International Speakers announced for New Southern Sky Conference 2018Director New Southern Sky, Steve Smyth, revealed today some of the international speakers ...

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2017 New Southern Sky Roadshow FAQs released

22 December 2017
2017 New Southern Sky Roadshow FAQs released

Following on from the successful 2017 NSS Roadshow, the NSS Roadshow Frequently Asked Questions brings together the broad range of questions and feedback provided by aviation sector audiences from across New Zealand. The NSS team has attemp...

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New Zealand PBN Implementation Plan - Revised 2017 Released!

14 December 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 f...

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NSS Christmas Message 2017

11 December 2017
NSS Christmas Message 2017

A Happy Christmas to everyone involved in our multi-agency, collaborative programme to update the New Zealand aviation system. If you are in the aviation sector or a member of the travelling public, you are effectively part of the NSS progr...

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NSS team deliver to packed out crowds at Hamilton and Tauranga

23 November 2017
NSS team deliver to packed out crowds at Hamilton and Tauranga

New Southern Sky Road Show - Day 3The New Southern Sky (NSS)  team continued their tour of the North Island yesterday, presenting to packed out audiences at Hamilton Airport and Tauranga Aero Club.The audiences, including representation fro...

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Auckland Airport and Ardmore kick off the 2017 NSS Road Show

20 November 2017
Auckland Airport and Ardmore kick off the 2017 NSS Road Show

A huge thank you to everyone one who turned out for the first two Road Show briefings at Auckland Airport and Ardmore today! It was fantastic to have two groups of really engaged people asking some fantastic questions.Standing room only was...

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PRESS RELEASE: Global Aviation Upgrade Trial comes to Christchurch

06 November 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Global Aviation Upgrade Trial comes to Christchurch

A trial to bring a global aviation navigation upgrade programme to the South Island has been announced in Christchurch today by Airways New Zealand, Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), Christchurch Airport and New Southern...

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VIDEO: PBN in New Zealand – Advice from a PART 135 Operator

27 September 2017
VIDEO: PBN in New Zealand – Advice from a PART 135 Operator

Massey LynchMassey is the Pilot/Training Standards Manager at Westpac Air Ambulance in Hamilton, part of the Philips Search and Rescue Trust.  You can find out more about this organisation and the great work it does here. We have reproduced...

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ADS-B draft rule marks significant NSS milestone

19 September 2017
ADS-B draft rule marks significant NSS milestone

A draft Civil Aviation Rule, proposing a mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) system fitting and operation for all aircraft in controlled airspace above FL 245 from 30 December 2018, is now out for consultation.“Th...

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VIDEO: All about PBN - Part 1

07 September 2017
VIDEO: All about PBN - Part 1

NSS is pleased to present the first of two videos on Performance Based Navigation. The first one featured in is from our colleagues at ICAO and the other from ATR, featuring the team at Mount Cook Airlines.The first video is ‘big picture’ a...

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VIDEO: All about PBN - Part 2

07 September 2017
VIDEO: All about PBN - Part 2

NSS is pleased to present the second of two videos on Performance Based Navigation. The first one featured our colleagues at ICAO and this one from ATR, featuring the team at Mount Cook Airlines.This second video is more a ‘how to’. Both ar...

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Well done guys - Air Force leads the way with NSS capabilities

17 August 2017
Well done guys - Air Force leads the way with NSS capabilities

Congratulations to the RNZAF on getting Performance Based Navigation approval for its fleet of T-6C Texans.Read the extract from the Air Force News (issue 194) belowAir Force NewsArticle by RebeccaThe fleet of T-6C Texans has been approved ...

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VIDEO: NSS Working Group members discuss collaboration

24 July 2017
VIDEO: NSS Working Group members discuss collaboration

 The NZ Airports Association and Aviation NZ speak about the benefits of their participation in the New Southern Sky programme.

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VIDEO: NSS Collaboration - a work in progress

07 July 2017
VIDEO: NSS Collaboration - a work in progress

In the second of our NSS Working Group  series, Mike Haines, Head of Policy, Standards and Safety Improvement at Airways NZ and Ashok Poduval, Chief Executive of Massey University School of Aviation and representative of Aviation NZ, share ...

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Your guide to Performance Based Navigation

23 June 2017
Your guide to Performance Based Navigation

The New Southern Sky Working Group has produced a  handy guide to Performance Based Navigation (PBN).  This is literally ‘PBN on a Page’ and we hope you find it useful. For some it will be a handy reference in itself. For others more curiou...

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VIDEO: New Southern Sky stakeholders talk about the working group

14 June 2017
VIDEO: New Southern Sky stakeholders talk about the working group

New Southern Sky stakeholders took time out from their recent Working Group meeting to talk about how members of the group view working together to deliver the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan for New Zealand.In the short clip belo...

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Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Development

22 May 2017
Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Development

The National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan contains an objective for the NSS programme to 'complete further analysis of the need for Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS)'.In 2015, NSS (Ministry of Transport / LINZ / CAA) completed...

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Happy 30th birthday Airways NZ!

31 March 2017
Happy 30th birthday Airways NZ!

It's Airways New Zealand's 30th birthday today. The NSS team wishes Team Airways many happy returns.All the best.

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NSS stakeholders deliver National Security and Resilience report

20 March 2017
NSS stakeholders deliver National Security and Resilience report

The aviation system is a key component in New Zealand’s transport infrastructure in normal times, and in response to events ranging from rescue helicopter response to road traffic crashes, through to full-scale civil defence emergency respo...

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In-flight MET access for GA pilots

17 March 2017
In-flight MET access for GA pilots

The potential benefits of in-flight MET access have been highlighted by New Southern Sky stakeholders at System Wide Information Management (SWIM) workshops and during the NSS roadshows.Following an initiative by the Civil Aviation Authorit...

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Formation of the Ground Based Navigation Aid review panel

16 March 2017
Formation of the Ground Based Navigation Aid review panel

The New Southern Sky programme produced a Ground Based Navigation Aid (GBNA) strategy paper at the end of 2016. This is aligned with similar work under way worldwide to rationalise GBNA infrastructure in the light of the navigation capabili...

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Airways announces contract for new ATM system

08 March 2017
Airways announces contract for new ATM system

The National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan from which the New Southern Sky takes its guidance for modernising the New Zealand aviation system, states: ‘New Zealand’s future air traffic control systems will need to become more sophisticat...

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Staying connected

24 February 2017
Staying connected

Modernising New Zealand’s aviation system is no easy task but we’re up for the challenge!We’ve set some clear targets for key projects that will result in significant benefits for both operators and the travelling public that will enable mo...

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NSS roadshow visits Hawera

10 February 2017
NSS roadshow visits Hawera

The NSS Roadshow visited Hawera Aero Club in Taranaki last Friday to brief club members and visitors on the programme. An hour long briefing was followed by some great questions from the audience which included IFR fliers from HNZ in New Pl...

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NSS brief for Air Force Chief

02 February 2017
NSS brief for Air Force Chief

Chief of Air Force (CAF) Air Vice Marshal Tony Davies and his team met with the New Southern Sky (NSS) director and Civil Aviation Authority staff on Wednesday 1 February for a briefing on the programme. NSS director Steve Smyth says CAF wa...

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NSS Roadshow to visit Taranaki Friday 03 February

25 January 2017
NSS Roadshow to visit Taranaki Friday 03 February

Following the huge interest in the NSS Roadshow last year, the aviators from Taranaki contacted us to ask if we could facilitate a Roadshow for them.  NSS is delighted to announce that the Roadshow will visit the Hawera Aero Club, Waihi Roa...

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NSS Christmas message 2016

13 December 2016
NSS Christmas message 2016

As we approach Christmas  it’s a good time to reflect on 2016 and the outstanding efforts of everyone involved in our multi-agency, collaborative programme to update the New Zealand aviation system.Looking Back - HighlightsThe year began wi...

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NSS hosts the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)

06 December 2016
NSS hosts the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)

Last Friday Mark Hughes (Deputy Director Air Transport and Airworthiness), and the New Southern Sky (NSS) team welcomed a delegation from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to receive a briefing on the plans and challenges associated wi...

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New Southern Sky FAQs now available online!

18 October 2016
New Southern Sky FAQs now available online!

The NSS Roadshow in September and early October covered nine different locations from North Shore to Invercargill.It was great to have such engaged and informed audiences. Along the way we were asked various questions. We have tried to capt...

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New Southern Sky Roadshow concludes to a packed audience in Wellington

07 October 2016
New Southern Sky Roadshow concludes to a packed audience in Wellington

The New Southern Sky (NSS) team delivered its final presentation to a packed audience in Wellington yesterday afternoon as part of the nationwide roadshow that began in mid-September.The session at CAA National Office brought together over ...

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Diving into SWIM (System Wide Information Management)

29 September 2016
Diving into SWIM (System Wide Information Management)

New Southern Sky held a System Wide Information Management (SWIM) workshop today at the Civil Aviation Authority in Wellington. The SWIM concept involves sharing of aeronautical data through common, standardised formats.Guests including Air...

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New Southern Sky Roadshow kicks off in the South Island

28 September 2016
New Southern Sky Roadshow kicks off in the South Island

The New Southern Sky Roadshow kicked off the South Island leg of their nationwide tour yesterday, visiting the Nelson Aero Club.The level of attendance for the North Island sessions have exceeded all expectations, with standing room only on...

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Satellite-based aircraft tracking on the way for NZ

23 September 2016
Satellite-based aircraft tracking on the way for NZ

A new satellite-supported system designed to replace radar as New Zealand’s main aircraft tracking technology is a step closer. Airways New Zealand has secured a supplier of ground infrastructure for its Automatic Dependent Surveillance – B...

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NSS Roadshow produces another bumper turn-out

22 September 2016
NSS Roadshow produces another bumper turn-out

The second leg of the New Southern Sky (NSS) September Roadshow was greeted by a bumper turnout in Waikato yesterday.More than 50 people including flight training organisations, recreational flyers, regular public transport (RPT) operators ...

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New Southern Sky Roadshow kicks off in Auckland!

21 September 2016
New Southern Sky Roadshow kicks off in Auckland!

The New Southern Sky (NSS) September Roadshow kicked off yesterday in Auckland at Ardmore Airport and the North Shore Aero Club. The well-attended sessions brought together flight training organisations, recreational flyers, smaller RPT ope...

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PRESS RELEASE: Aviation roadshows – landing at a location near you

15 September 2016
PRESS RELEASE: Aviation roadshows – landing at a location near you

Big changes are happening in New Zealand’s airspace and the team leading the changes will visit a range of locations around the country later this month to let people know about the changes.Steve Smyth, Director of the New Southern Sky prog...

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NSS September Roadshow: The countdown is on!

12 September 2016
NSS September Roadshow: The countdown is on!

With only one week until the official kick off, spaces to attend the New Southern Sky September Roadshow are filling up fast. With a focus on programme benefits and what the programme will mean for you, these sessions will be of particular ...

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Massey gets green light for PBN operations

12 September 2016
Massey gets green light for PBN operations

Congratulations to Massey University School of Aviation which has this week been approved by CAA  to carry out Required Navigation Performance (RNP) operations on its 12 Diamond DA40 single-engine trainers. This is a significant milestone; ...

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BREAKING NEWS: NSS Roadshow coming to Wellington!

02 September 2016
BREAKING NEWS: NSS Roadshow coming to Wellington!

Due to popular demand, Wellington has now been included as a NSS September Roadshow stop-over destination. Wellington will host a session from 1.00pm - 3.00pm on October 6th 2016 at the Civil Aviation Authority, Asteron Building, 55 Feather...

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Taking NSS to NZ Airports Conference

24 August 2016
Taking NSS to NZ Airports Conference

New Southern Sky programme director, Steve Smyth, will be sharing the benefits of the programme with delegates at the NZ Airports Association conference next month.“Modernisation of New Zealand’s aviation system is a totally collaborative e...

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Catch Approach16 online

18 August 2016
Catch Approach16 online

If you missed the Approach 16 forum – never fear! Many of the presentations are now online for your perusal (scroll down to find links to the presentations). New Southern Sky programme director, Steve Smyth, told participants at the closing...

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Getting match fit for PBN

17 August 2016
Getting match fit for PBN

Getting match fit for Performance Based Navigation – that’s the theme of Approach16, a two-day forum that kicked off this morning in Wellington.About 70 aviation staff and industry representatives, from New Zealand, Australia, the Cook Isla...

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Collaboration paying off for Kiwi airports

09 August 2016
Collaboration paying off for Kiwi airports

20/20 A-CDM from Gentrack has landed at Auckland Airport and Wellington Airport New Zealand airports are first to embrace collaborative decision making in Australasia and are reaping the benefits. Airport CDM is revolutionizing airport oper...

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New Southern Sky roadshow coming to a location near you in September!

08 August 2016
New Southern Sky roadshow coming to a location near you in September!

The New Southern Sky (NSS) ‘team’ including CAA, Airways and other members of the NSS Working Group are travelling around New Zealand in September to present an update on the New Southern Sky programme. If you fly in, or plan to fly in, con...

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RNP helps Aussies elope to the slopes

08 August 2016
RNP helps Aussies elope to the slopes

Flight Safety Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's flagship aviation safety magazine, recently looked at the use of required navigation performance (RNP) authorisation required (AR) approaches at Queenstown Airport.Click here to...

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New Zealand aviation system CONOPs 2023 published

26 July 2016
New Zealand aviation system CONOPs 2023 published

Director New Southern Sky has announced the release of the New Zealand aviation system Concept of Operations (CONOPs) 2023 Version 1.This document has been produced by the New Southern Sky Working Group, with support from additional subject...

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New fixed-term vacancy - Programme Coordinator

20 July 2016
New fixed-term vacancy - Programme Coordinator

We are currently advertising for a full-time, fixed-term (3 years) Programme Coordinator to join the New Southern Sky team.Click here for the position description.If you wish to apply please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@caa.govt...

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Approach16 - what's it all about?

22 June 2016
Approach16 - what's it all about?

Note 17-18 August in your diary and keep an eye out for updates on our events page.

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Conference reflections from Director, Steve Smyth

26 May 2016
Conference reflections from Director, Steve Smyth

The New Southern Sky (NSS) Conference at Auckland Airport on May 9-10 began with a short video address from Prime Minister John Key, who stressed the importance of NSS and the value of the programme to the New Zealand economy.This set the t...

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Working together - the European perspective

22 April 2016
Working together - the European perspective

Does collaboration really get things done, faster and better?EUROCONTROL reports that for airports applying its collaborative decision-making concept, the answer is indubitably: “Yes!”.Click here  for the article, which includes a link to E...

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Falling prices, climbing performance on the horizon for ADS-B equipment

15 April 2016
Falling prices, climbing performance on the horizon for ADS-B equipment

A new ADS-B kit due to soon hit the US market—subject to FAA approval—may signal increasing affordability of this technology.Priced at US$2,995 (down from US$3,490), the panel-mounted 1090 ES transponder still includes built-in WAAS GPS and...

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News Flash! New Speakers at the New Southern Sky Conference

21 March 2016
News Flash! New Speakers at the New Southern Sky Conference

We are pleased to announce the following speakers have joined the line-up for the New Southern Sky Conference 2016 on 9th-10th May at Novotel Auckland International Airport:Greg Hood Airservices Australia, Executive General Manager, Air Tra...

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On the screen

18 March 2016
On the screen

New Southern Sky Director Steve Smyth talks about the upcoming conference and the interesting range of presenters lined up to speak. 

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Sharing the journey

11 March 2016
Sharing the journey

The latest edition of Airspace features an editorial with Airways’ CEO Ed Sims, who took the opportunity to highlight the collaborative nature of the CAA-led New Southern Sky (NSS) programme and the benefits it will bring:“NSS is our indust...

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NSS Conference Programme Update

04 March 2016
NSS Conference Programme Update

The New Southern Sky Conference 2016 Draft Programme has been updated.Click here to view the Draft Programme.

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Discussing the future

22 February 2016
Discussing the future

The CAA has released two discussion documents: one on proposal to change the GNSS rules and one on the proposal to mandate ADS-B above flight level 245.Join the discussion.

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Satellites, signals and safety

10 February 2016
Satellites, signals and safety

GNSS Sole Means Recommendation Report Global Navigation Satellite System Sole Means Recommendation Report One of the most significant aspects of New Southern Sky is the proposed move from land-based to space-based navigation systems...

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Transitioning smoothly

09 February 2016
Transitioning smoothly

From time to time we will issue interim guidance and advice to enable operators to continue to fly safely while new Civil Aviation Rules and Advisory Circulars are under development.This will help operators make the most of the advantages t...

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Preparing the ground for ADS-B

02 February 2016
Preparing the ground for ADS-B

The introduction of ADS-B is a key proposal under New Southern Sky’s surveillance work-stream and the team at Airways has been hard at work to make it a reality.ADS-B stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast and it is set to be...

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Santa’s little helper

15 December 2015
Santa’s little helper

Santa has teamed up with Australian Air Navigation Service Provider Airservices to ensure children around the lucky country are not disappointed on Christmas morning. He got in touch with Airservices a few months back to help him meet the d...

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NSS Christmas Message

15 December 2015
NSS Christmas Message

Seasons Greetings!As we approach Christmas 2015 and New Southern Sky (NSS) Stage 1 nears completion, it’s a good time to reflect on the year and the outstanding efforts of everyone involved in our multi-agency, collaborative programme to mo...

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Buyer beware: Second-hand ADS-B kit

18 November 2015

Some recreational flyers may be aware that second hand ADS-B equipment from the US is being offered for sale in New Zealand. While this kit may appear a great deal, it will likely not work here.  This is because equipment designed for the U...

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NSS presents to Aircraft Electronics Association Conference

11 November 2015
NSS presents to Aircraft Electronics Association Conference

Hailing from around the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, over 100 members of the Aircraft Electronics Association gathered recently at the Association's  South Pacific Regional conference in Queenstown.The CAA's Ray Harvey, Manager...

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1st New Southern Sky Conference – save the date!

03 November 2015
1st New Southern Sky Conference – save the date!

If you are an aviation professional or work in a related industry, we want you to help us shape the future of New Zealand aviation at the first New Southern Sky Conference.We’ve recently secured a venue at  New Zealand’s major international...

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Air NZ lends a pair of hands

20 October 2015
Air NZ lends a pair of hands

Steve Kelly, the New Southern Sky (NSS) team’s latest recruit, brings with him a wealth of experience from military, corporate and commercial air transport in New Zealand and abroad.He joins the CAA's Aerospace Programmes Unit (APU) as Navi...

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SWIM team dips a toe in the water

30 September 2015
SWIM team dips a toe in the water

Information specialists and industry representatives joined the NSS team to take the plunge at the first System Wide Information Management (SWIM) workshop this week.They were gathered to begin the development of a concept of operations for...

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NZ Airports Conference 2015

19 August 2015
NZ Airports Conference 2015

We are pleased to announce that both the New Southern Sky (NSS) Director, Steve Smyth, and NSS Working Group member, Ian Andrews (President AOPA) will speak at the NZ Airports Annual Conference 2015 (9th September to 11th September) at the ...

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Dive in to SWIM!

31 July 2015
Dive in to SWIM!

Do you want to help the New Southern Sky (NSS) team put together a concept of operations for the creation of New Zealand aviation System Wide Information Management (SWIM)?If you’ve got the right credentials (you’ll need a recognised track-...

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Navigating our New Southern Sky

30 July 2015
Navigating our New Southern Sky

The July/August 2015 edition of Vector, the Civil Aviation Authority’s safety magazine for industry, features an update on the New Southern Sky programme and our proposed move to performance-based navigation. Under this proposal, all aircra...

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LinkedIn with New Southern Sky

30 June 2015
LinkedIn with New Southern Sky

The New Southern Sky team recently updated its LinkedIn profile and will be increasingly using the social media channel.“Collaboration with all parts of the aviation sector is a key part of the decision making process for New Southern Sky,”...

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Radar reliance shines light on New Southern Sky

30 June 2015
Radar reliance shines light on New Southern Sky

Last week’s nationwide radar outage put the media spotlight on the future of navigation and surveillance in New Zealand.“While it was an unfortunate event, the outage was quickly resolved by Airways and resulted in minimal disruption to air...

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70 seats or less operators know more

26 June 2015
70 seats or less operators know more

The New Southern Sky team hit the road  this week to brief maintenance organisations, operators, and design organisations of aircraft with 70 seats or less.Held in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, the briefings were well attended, say...

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Governance Group welcomes new members

18 June 2015
Governance Group welcomes new members

Pictured: Mark Hughes (left) receives a copy of the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan from outgoing Governance Group Chair, Stephen Hunt. The New Southern Sky Governance Group welcomed Quentin Hay as its new independent member yeste...

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On the road

26 May 2015
On the road

In June the New Southern Sky team will undertake a roadshow in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington  for operators of aircraft with 70 seats or less.The aim of the roadshow is to exchange information and for the NSS team to listen to the o...

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Working solutions

22 May 2015
Working solutions

Pictured (left to right) : Glen-Marie Burns (MOT), Mike Haines (Airways), and Bob Fletcher (Air New Zealand) With a focus on getting the approach to system safety agreed, a wide variety of topics including safety metric development, and sys...

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Free MetFlight service for GA

22 May 2015
Free MetFlight service for GA

It was great to see the free MetFlight service for general aviation fliers announced in the Budget recently.Check out the media release here.

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Moving ahead

28 April 2015
Moving ahead

The New Southern Sky Governance Group met in Wellington last week to review the progress of the programme with a focus on performance metrics and safety impacts. The Governance Group noted the very good progress that the Safety Group has ma...

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Reaching out

14 April 2015
Reaching out

Because the changes we’re proposing will affect participants from across the aviation system, it’s important to make our plans clear to a wide range of industry groups so we can hear and consider their views.We’ve recently met with a couple...

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We’re off to a flying start!

17 February 2015
We’re off to a flying start!

It’s been a busy first six months for the New Southern Sky team, which has been working hard to map out a plan to modernise New Zealand’s aviation system over the next ten years.NSS Director Steve Smyth says 30 projects have been scoped for...

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Good Neighbours

10 February 2015
Good Neighbours

When it comes to music, sport and cuisine, we like to point out that there are many differences between New Zealand and our near neighbours across the Tasman.But when it comes to aviation systems, we have a lot in common. So when we were as...

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