NSS Christmas message


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 - Highlights

The year began with the release of the Aviation System Safety Criteria, produced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with the assistance of Airways.

In May we all got together at the inaugural NSS Conference held appropriately at Auckland International Airport. With international support from the FAA, UK CAA, CASA and Airservices and national support from the Prime Minister and Associate Minister for Transport, programme stakeholders and sponsors, this was a tremendous success.

With this foundation in place the NSS Working Group produced the 2023 Concept of Operations (CONOPs).  The CONOPs attempted to deliver a ‘whole of system’ view of the aviation system at the completion of the programme. The CONOPs was very well received at home and abroad.

NZ Airports, in collaboration with Airways, rolled out Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) at Wellington International Airport. This was achieved successfully across all traffic types. 

The Ministry of Transport, supported by the CAA, produced a Security and Resilience document to inform NSS project roll-out.

The Airways and Group EAD teams continued to deliver Performance Based Navigation procedures, with the Manawatu and Waikato regions benefitting. In tandem, the CAA enabled Required Navigation Performance (RNP 1) for part 91 operators and Massey Aviation took the lead in deploying the capability.

The Future Surveillance Project achieved significant milestones with Thales being awarded the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) ground infrastructure contract by Airways and the rules for the introduction of the system above Flight Level 245 (24,500 feet) progressing to Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The successful year long secondment of Air New Zealand’s Manager of Navigation Services to the NSS team allowed the Performance Based Navigation plan to be prepared.

Finally, the Ground Based Navigation Aid Strategy was delivered by the CAA after consultation with the Working Group and will lead to a Review Panel meeting early in 2017.

We participated in some major international events this year including the New Zealand Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit in Auckland and the ITS World Congress in Melbourne. On 1 November we provided a presentation to the International Civil Aviation organisation (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission in Montreal and attended the SESARJU Innovation Days in Delft. Our thanks to everyone who have reflected on our work and provided advice and assistance. The willingness of organisations around the world to share their findings and experience has been very much appreciated.  We hope that we have helped to add to the knowledge bank as we have progressed NSS.

A very big thank you to all who have led and contributed to the NSS programme this year. The coordination of effort and the depth of collaboration have been hugely impressive.

The NSS team wishes everyone an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas period and very best wishes for 2017.


Steve Smyth

New Southern Sky