New Southern Sky
New Southern Sky is the name for the implementation phase of the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. We will continue to publish regulatory information relating to New Southern Sky on the CAA web site, but because it is a multi-agency programme, there is also a new web site:
New Southern Sky is about the practical steps aviation participants need to take to enable a safe, effective, transition to new technologies as demand for airspace increases. It is an ambitious 10-year programme with benefits that include shorter journeys, improved safety, and lower carbon emissions.
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 strategy was produced under the New Southern Sky programme that led to the formation of a GBNA Review Panel (GBNARP) in early 2017. The Panel provided recommendations on the Minimum Operating Network (MON) to safely recover IFR aircraft if GPS signals were lost. It also provided recommendations on the Contingency Network that will keep the Main Trunk (Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch) operating in the event of GPS failure.
The recommendations (in this briefing given to the NSS Working Group) were passed on to Airways on 20 December 2017.
The New Southern Sky Conference on 15-16 May 2018 is bringing to Auckland some of this country’s experts in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) and ‘drones’.
New Southern Sky are pleased to announce the release of the New Zealand Performance Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS) Implementation Plan.
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 involved with the forum.
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 in March 2018.
ADS-B in New Zealand (PDF 1.7 MB)
New Southern Sky 2018 Events
Dates: 20-21 Mar 2018
Location : Level 15, Asteron Centre
55 Featherston Street, Wellington 6011
The successful Approach series is back in 2018. Following on from the success of Approach 16, this event will provide further information around the introduction of Performance Based Navigation.
Please Note. There will be a social event in the evening of the first day.
For more information, see http://www.nss.govt.nz/events/
Date: 15-16 May 2018
Location: BECA, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland 1010
Register now for the second biennial New Southern Sky Conference in Auckland 15/16 May 2018. After the success of our inaugural conference in Auckland in 2016, the NSS team is lining up another fantastic event for the aviation sector. The Conference will span two days and include in-depth sessions on Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B).
There’ll be great speakers from Australia, the United States, Japan, Singapore and of course New Zealand, giving us the latest news on aviation related technology and its application. Come and hear about Satellite Based ADS-B, Digital ATC Towers and wider ‘Virtual Services’, Satellite Based (Navigation) Augmentation Systems, Remotely Piloted Air Systems, the new Air Traffic Management System and how PBN is delivering safety, environmental, economic and social benefits to New Zealand. Ask our expert panels about their view on all of this and more.
There is no fee for the Conference and networking dinner thanks to Beca, Airways, Auckland Airport and our other generous sponsors.
2018 New Southern Sky Conference Programme Released
For more information, also see http://www.nss.govt.nz/events/
FAQs now available online
The New Southern Sky (NSS) ‘team’ including CAA, Airways, and other members of the NSS Working Group visited nine different locations from the North Shore to Invercargill during September and early October to present an update on the New Southern Sky programme.
With a focus on programme benefits and what the programme will mean for participants, these sessions were of particular interest to flight training organisations, smaller regular passenger transport operators, rescue and air ambulance services, IFR helicopter operators, and recreational fliers. These sessions were also beneficial for aviation engineering companies that are likely to be supporting aircraft updates to enable the introduction of the planned technology changes.
It was great to have such engaged and informed audiences. Along the way we were asked various questions. We have tried to capture some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQs) and respond with answers compiled by the wider NSS team and stakeholders.
Update 26 Oct 2016: Presentations from the roadshow, and a new set of FAQs are now on the New Southern Sky web site.
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 now is the right time 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.
NSS 2016 Conference Programme (38 KB)
In April 2012 the Government released its National Airspace Policy. The CAA response was to develop the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan. The draft Plan was opened for public consultation in November 2013, and the government approved a final plan in June 2014.
In recent years there have been significant technological advances in airspace management and air navigation services:
- Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation now allows aircraft positions to be pinpointed to within a few metres
- Radar networks are being replaced by aircraft-based surveillance systems
- Digital and satellite communication is becoming more effective
- Information is becoming more integrated into aviation systems
- Air Traffic Control systems offer enhanced air traffic management.
By taking a coordinated approach to the introduction of these technologies, New Southern Sky is enabling the greatest possible benefits for New Zealand.
Over 20 years it will enable nearly $2 billion in economic benefits through:
- Shorter flights
- Improved safety and reliability
- Fuel savings
- Lower carbon emissions.
Delivery of the Plan
The New Southern Sky plan will be delivered in three stages: 2014-15, 2016-18 and 2019-23.
The programme comprises eight key elements:
- Air navigation
- Aeronautical information
- Air traffic management
- Airspace design
- Meteorological services.
Other aspects include aircraft equipment requirements, infrastructure development, contingency and emergency systems, procedures and management tools, education and training requirements, information requirements and regulatory changes.
The New Southern Sky governance group is made up of senior representatives from:
- the CAA
- Ministry of Transport
- Airways Corporation.
The New Southern Sky working group is a collaborative management forum that meets several times a year. It is led by the Director of New Southern Sky, Steve Smyth, and includes representatives from across the civil aviation sector and the New Zealand Defence Force.
Led by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), many countries are implementing similar plans to enable a smooth transition to new technologies. These include:
- NextGen in the United States
- The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) project for European Airspace.
- Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are also well on their way to implementing their own plans.
- ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan
- ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades Framework
- ICAO Twelfth Air Navigation Conference web site
If you have any questions about New Southern Sky, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Airspace and Air Navigation Plan - A Framework
- Modernising the NZ aviation system - release from Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee 16 Jun 2014
- Ministry of Transport Airspace Policy and Plan web page
- Earlier Info - National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan