Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited Annual Report 2018 2019
D I G I TAL A I R TRAFF I C CONTROL TOWERS A digital tower for Invercargill Airport is the first step in our journey to modernise the way we provide air traffic services at airports as part of our Future Aerodrome Services Programme (FASP). As a first step, Airways has been working with stakeholders to determine the future service requirements at attended aerodromes around New Zealand. Digital towers are a core component of the programme, focused on ensuring we are able to provide safe, more flexible and efficient services for our customers now and in the future. In February 2019 we awarded a contract to Austrian technology provider Frequentis to develop the digital system for Invercargill Airport. We are working in partnership to deploy the system which is due to go live in 2021 and will be operated at first by controllers based at the airfield. Planning is also underway for the installation of a digital system at Auckland International Airport. This will initially act as a back-up contingency system for the existing tower, before a full replacement is potentially implemented in the future. By replicating the view a controller would have from a conventional tower, using high definition cameras and surveillance sensors, digital tower technology offers increased safety, less disruption in poor weather and could improve regional connectivity. In the future, controllers could manage air traffic from a centralised hub away from the airfield providing services for a number of locations. Airways has been following the development of digital towers around the world since 2012 and is confident that the capability and cost of digital technologies presents significant opportunities for services in New Zealand.
QUEENSTOWN APPROACH SERV I CES Changes made to the way we deliver the approach service into Queenstown Airport have brought it in to line with our best practice services at other main international airports in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Queenstown approach service is now being delivered using surveillance technology from our Christchurch radar centre, and is the culmination of a two-year work effort by people from across our business. Previously the service was delivered using a procedural system from Queenstown Tower. Moving to this approach will allow our teams to deliver the service with a greater level of safety and will help to more efficiently manage flight increases into Queenstown as the region continues to grow. All approach services will be provided using surveillance technology once the anticipated mandate for all aircraft operating in controlled airspace to be ADS-B capable comes into effect. This is expected in 2021.
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