Airways Annual Report 2019

Integrating drones into New Zealand airspace

As commercial and recreational drone use continues to grow at a rapid pace in New Zealand, the need to safely integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the aviation system is critical. We’ve worked closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) this year to develop a joint vision for the safe integration of UAVs and autonomous flying vehicles into New Zealand airspace. Three key progress areas have been identified: the development of a UAV traffic management system (UTM), aerodrome safety, and supporting the wider development of national UAV infrastructure. Airways has taken significant steps forward in each of these areas during the year as we support the safe growth and development of the New Zealand drone sector.

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