May 7, 2013
GE Aviation and Airways New Zealand unveil new flight paths at Queenstown
GE Aviation and New Zealand air navigation service provider Airways New Zealand completed the redesign of the Queenstown airspace that more than doubles hourly airport capacity. The cornerstone of the project is the new Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight paths that enable concurrent arrivals and departures at the airport. The accuracy of the RNP paths allows air traffic control to confidently manage up to 12 aircraft per hour, compared to five with previous procedures. Controllers can now monitor arrivals and departures as opposed to continuously providing tactical separation.