Airways New Zealand has become the first air navigation services provider to receive endorsement from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a design organisation for performance-based navigation (PBN).
"We're delighted to have been endorsed by ICAO for our PBN and conventional design services," says Obrad Puskarica, the company's aeronautical design and development team leader.
"Our team of procedure designers has a lot of experience in PBN design and implementation both within New Zealand and from working with other countries all over the world."
PBN is a form of area navigation that makes use of satellite and augmentation systems to increase the accuracy of aircraft navigation, allowing for three-dimensional approaches and departure paths, which can be flown with high levels of accuracy.
The company has had great success with its development of PBN at airports around New Zealand, particularly at Queenstown, where the technology has helped to increase aircraft safety in challenging terrain and difficult weather conditions.
It says that with the introduction of PBN, the number of flight movements in Queenstown has increased from five to 12 an hour.