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New Southern Sky SWIM Workshop

 UPDATE 04/10/2016

New Southern Sky SWIM Workshop presentation slides can now be viewed online. Please see below:

System Wide Information Management - David Wills, CAA

What SWIM Means for Metservice - Metservice

Meteorology into SWIM - Status and Plans for IWXXM & SWIM - Tim Hailes, Bureau of Meteorology

What SWIM Means to Me - George Kerlin, Airservices Australia


New Southern Sky (NSS) invites all interested stakeholders to attend an interactive workshop on System Wide Information Management (SWIM) at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Wellington on Thursday 29th September 2016.

With guest speakers from Australia and New Zealand, this workshop aims to socialise new ideas and forward thinking on:

           What SWIM means for NZ

           Opportunities SWIM presents to the New Zealand aviation sector

           The problems SWIM can solve

About SWIM

SWIM is envisioned as the key enabler that facilitates interoperable information exchange in the New Zealand (NZ) aviation system with onward links to the global aviation system.

SWIM consists of standards, infrastructure and governance enabling the management of aviation system information and its exchange between qualified parties via interoperable services.

The NSS vision for SWIM is the right information (accurate and appropriate) at the right time (timely) to the right users across the aviation spectrum within the NZ FIR. This extends to the provision of such information to aircraft originating from overseas operating into NZ and aircraft originating in NZ having access to world-wide information as they depart the Auckland Oceanic FIR.

NSS incorporates all users of NZ’s aviation system, including those operating within and outside of controlled airspace. SWIM will be delivered in the context of NSS and therefore solutions will consider the wider aviation community. 

To register your attendance please email:

New Southern Sky Conference 2016

Navigating Change - Positioning for Success

Earlier in the year at our NSS Conference 2016, we focused on lessons learned from Stage I (2014-2015), and looked to the future.

The many potential benefits of modernising the aviation system include shorter journeys, lower carbon emissions and improved safety. To achieve these goals it is important that we regularly review our progress to find out what has been working well, and look at areas where we can improve. There are many moving parts to NSS and the conference was an opportunity for us to take stock.

In May 2016 we welcomed international experts from New Zealand, Australia and Europe who shared their knowledge about technologies and systems that are likely to underpin New Southern Sky. 


What our delegates said about the conference 

"I just wanted to pass on my personal thanks for the brilliant NSS Conference you and the CAA team held over the last two days. It was most informative and I really valued the contacts that I was able to make. I thought it was an excellent example of stakeholder engagement."

"Thank you and your team for the very successful conference in Auckland... [it] has brought together a huge section of industry to understand what NSS is all about."

"I was universally impressed"

"Thanks for organising an awesome conference, the vibe here has been extremely positive about the entire event."


Speaker Presentations

Keynote Speaker: Mark Swan, UK CAA - The Role of the Regulator in the Aviation Value Chain

Steve Smyth, CAA - NSS Stage 1 Report

Ray Harvey, CAA - GNSS Sole Means Report Findings and NSS Safety Criteria Development

Steve Kelly, CAA - Performance Based Navigation

Ken McLean, Aireon - Navigating change – positioning for success

Tim Hughes, Airways - NSS Metrics - Assessing the Benefits

Wayne Blythe, Airways and Brigid Borlase, CAA - The Future Surveillance System

Ray Thorpe, MetService and MetraWeather - Aviation Lightning Detection and Alerting System for New Zealand

Ian Andrews, AOPA - Satellite Based Augmentation System

Mark Croudace and Mark Wilson, Auckland Airport - Airport Collaborative Decision Making

Mike Read, Martin Aircraft Company - Emerging Technologies

Rex Kenny, CAA - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Matt Day, GroupEAD - A SWIM concept for NZ

Michael W. Watkins - Next Gen - The United States Aviation System Modernisation Programme

Ian Mallett, CASA - CASA Performance Based Navigation Implementation

Greg Hood, Airservices Australia - OneSKY Australia - Civil Military Harmonisation - a new direction in Air Traffic Management

Clayton Hughes, CAA - New Southern Sky avionics and what you need to know

Pauline Lamb, Airways - System Operator Air Traffic Management and Operational Strategies

Steve Smyth, CAA - Stage 2 Programme

Ashok Poduval and Paul Kearney, Massey University and Aviation New Zealand Representatives - Concept for National Strategy for IFR Flight Training

Mike Clay, Queenstown Airport Corporation Ltd - Airport Capacity Enhancement and Queenstown's Response

Mark Hughes, CAA - Human Factors in the NSS Aviation System



Speaker Presentations

Day One

Phil Rakena - What is PBN

Greg Perris - What is PBN

Kevin Bethwaite - Airways PBN Update

Chris Wilson (Air New Zealand) - Airline Operator

Andy Tasker (Virgin Australia) - Airline Operator

David Lampen (Qantas) - Airline Operator

Mark Goodall - PBN Tonga

Greg Perris - MFAT PBN

Wayne Burns - Australia PBN

Brent Norton - PBN Phraseology

Phil Rakena - J.CANSO ICAO PBN

Day Two

Ivan Campbell (Massey) - Case Studies

Greg Hagarty CTC - Case Studies

Armin Egli and Grant Withers - Rescue Helicopter

Steve Kelly - CAA

Bob Fletcher - Community Engagement

Peter Tippett - Pilatus

Steve Scott - Regional Airline

Steve Smyth - CONOPs

Mark Adeane - GEAD Advanced RNP