Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Pilots Welcome Changes to Queenstown Airport Hours

New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association

Media Release: For Immediate Distribution


6th May 2014


Pilots Welcome Changes to Queenstown Airport Operational Hours

The New Zealand Airline Pilots Association (NZALPA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) concerning the extension to the operational hours of Queenstown Airport.

In particular, NZALPA welcomes the associated package of safety improvements. Once implemented these will improve safety at one of New Zealand’s most challenging airports for pilots in terms of airline operations, for reasons of both its geographic location and changeable weather.

Rob Torenvlied NZALPA Technical Director explains: `NZALPA has long campaigned for much needed safety improvements at Queenstown and has worked closely with the CAANZ, Airways New Zealand (the nation’s and Queenstown’s air traffic control provider), Airlines and Queenstown Airport in an attempt to implement these.’

He adds: ‘The widening of the runway, installing of an approach lighting system, improved runway lighting and installing of additional obstacle lighting are all most welcome improvements for pilots operating into and out of the airport.

‘Although these improvements are being made to facilitate night-time operations, they will, in addition, provide significant safety benefits for daylight operations as well.’

Following these improvements and prior to being able to operate into Queenstown during these extended (night time) hours, each airline will then be required to individually gain ‘approval’ from CAANZ to operate within them. This will involve providing additional training to pilots and safety updates to aircraft and equipment. NZALPA looks forward to working closely with both the airlines and CAANZ in achieving this.

NZALPA and its members are committed to involvement in improving the safety of operations at not only Queenstown, but at all of New Zealand’s airports.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Budget Building Battle: Bill English Blames Council On Housing

The Nation: Finance Minister blames Auckland Council for housing shortage, saying it is responsible for land, housing and infrastructure supply in the city, while government provides rental subsidies... More>>

ALSO:

Megiaglommeration: NZME And Fairfax Apply For Authorisation To Merge

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Wilson and Horton Limited (trading as NZME) and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Brewing: Lion To Buy Cult Upper Hutt Brewer Panhead

Lion - Beer, Spirits and Wine (NZ), New Zealand's biggest beer maker, has agreed to buy Panhead Custom Ales from the family of founder Mike Neilson, its second such purchase of a popular craft brewer after the acquisition of Dunedin-based Emerson's Brewing Co in 2012. More>>

ALSO:

Half Empty: Fonterra's 2017 Opening Forecast Below Expectations

Fonterra Cooperative Group raised its forecast farmgate milk payout for next season by less than expected as the world's largest dairy exporter predicts lower prices will crimp production and supply will pick up. The New Zealand dollar fell. More>>

ALSO:

Pest Control: Mouse Blitz Team Leaves For Antipodes

The Million Dollar Mouse project to rid Antipodes Island of mice is underway with the departure of a rodent eradication team to the remote nature reserve and World Heritage Area. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news