Airspace Design

New Zealand airspace design will be reviewed to accommodate increased traffic, new aircraft types and more direct flight paths.

Review and refine

For example, new PBN routes may change flight paths which is likely to reduce the volume of controlled airspace. New Zealand is also likely to see an expansion in remotely piloted aircraft and space industry activity, including more rocket launch sites.

To accommodate these changes, airspace reviews will become more demand-driven, so clear triggers and methodologies will need to be developed in a consultative and inclusive way so that user needs are considered. Collaborative airspace forums will assist with this process.

As with any change, adjustments to airspace design introduce safety risk: training and information will need to be provided.