The New Zealand Government is facilitating a new generation of technology for air navigation and air traffic control through its New Southern Sky programme (external link) .
These technologies will increase the use of satellites for positioning and communications, improving the safety, fuel efficiency and capacity of New Zealand’s aircraft operations.
The shift towards the new technologies is in response to a global initiative (external link) lead by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (external link) .
Among other things, the New Zealand Government may require many aircraft to be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, which is a modern day surveillance system air traffic controllers use to locate aircraft.
For more information about the changes being planned for New Zealand see:
- the New Southern Sky (external link) web site
- the Ministry of Transport’s web page on the National Airspace Policy and Plan (external link)
- the Civil Aviation Authority’s web page on the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan (external link)