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SHORT AND SHARP
A little piece of Scotland
Ever spotted the Scottish flag on top of
Fisherman's Pier at the
Frankton marina and
wondered why? The
business is run by Marcus
Barnett, a Scotsman, and
isn't, as some might think, a
bit of a jape in the style of
traffic cones on top of
statues or plonked at the
very top of very tall trees.
An airport and a film set
A recent sequence of MasterChef, featuring
judge and Rata restaurant owner Josh Emett,
was filmed at Queenstown Airport. This
month filming for an Australian company for
a series entitled Amazing Airline Facts will
focus RNP (required navigation performance)
operations at the airport.
Budding photographers have until April 5 to
enter Discover Arrowtown's new competition.
The Arrowtown Gold Photography Prize will
be judged in four categories: townscape or
landscape, leisure activities, school student
photographer and grand prize. More
information is available at arrowtown.com.
Your role in Our Future
The Shaping Our Future team have launched
a report updating their progress and
encouraging Queenstown Lakes locals to get
involved. About 1000 people have already
added their voice to the group's work which
has resulted in the appointment of Simon
Green at the head of a new Queenstown
Lakes District Council events office. The
group is working on an economic futures
review and input is sought. More information
and the report are available at
Ooops, we forgot to tell you when the L'Oreal
Giveaway that ran in the Wedding Tabloid on
October 24 closes. Please make sure your
entries are in by 2pm tomorrow. Good luck.
Fastest growing: Queenstown Airport.
Catering for more flights
By JOHN EDENS
The skies above Queenstown could be
getting much busier as the air navigation
service Airways New Zealand introduces
new flight paths to allow simultaneous
take-offs and landings.
Passenger numbers at the airport, the
fastest growing in New Zealand, are
expected to quadruple by 2037 but
existing flight paths cross, which means
only one commercial jet can take off or
land at a time.
New flight paths will be introduced on
Airways' two-year project designed new
''tracks'' and introduced new technology
to guide commercial pilots taking off and
landing in mountainous terrain.
It follows a strategic overhaul of
Airways New Zealand general manager
systems operations Lewis Jenkins said
the changes were driven by increased air
Satellite-based navigation was intro-
duced more than five years ago to enable
takeoff and landing in poor weather.
''It was not really designed around
aircraft arriving and departing at the
same time. At that time the traffic
demand was quite light. The whole
environment has changed,'' he said.
''Flight tracks are now kept clear of each
other . . . allowing more aircraft.''
The principal aim was to realign arrival
and departure tracks separately to enable
up to 12 aircraft movements an hour
compared to the existing four an hour.
Smaller aircraft might have to adjust
according to air traffic needs and more
larger aircraft would be more visible
tracking over the Frankton arm, he said.
''You have to tick all the safety boxes, you
don't want to be wasteful in how you use
airspace,'' Mr Jenkins said.
''The challenge of course in Queenstown
is the topography. Queenstown is
' On November 15 changes to arrival and
departure flight paths start for all
controlled and uncontrolled aircraft
within a 30 nautical mile radius of the
Names used for typical flight path
approaches, such as BUNGY, change to a
new nomenclature, to permit more
efficient traffic management and manage
Procedures were designed around ter-
rain rather than existing airspace,
extending the main airspace, known as
the Queenstown control zone, to the east,
south and west.
The traffic management systems, which
used point-to-point flying with ground-
based navigation, were replaced with a
performance-based navigation system.
Performance navigation uses instru-
ments and satellites to permit flying on
any flight path, allowing shorter routes
and obstacle avoidance.
Using this system means large aircraft
can land and take off in mountainous
terrain in low cloud or bad weather.
This system, requiring navigation per-
formance technology, was already
installed at Queenstown but airlines and
air traffic controllers needed training.
Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar
fleets are equipped with this technology.
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