Aeronautical Telecommunications is the generic term used to cover the ground-based elements of aeronautical communications, navigation and surveillance systems. The airborne elements are referred to generically as avionics.
Within New Zealand, the provision of aeronautical telecommunications services is the subject of Civil Aviation Rules Part 171.
Radio communication and navigation facilities in New Zealand are listed in the Aeronautical Information Publication New Zealand.(external link)
Aeronautical surveillance facilities include:
Part 171 also covers radar data and flight data processing systems and the datalink systems used for communication and surveillance in oceanic airspace.
We also provide advice on all aeronautical telecommunications matters, and manage our responsibilities to radio spectrum management.
Aviation Spectrum Group provides an industry forum on radio spectrum matters, particularly to provide an aviation input to the New Zealand position for World Radio Conference agenda items.
The CAA, in conjunction with Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) have a developed a position paper on opening up a new band of spectrum at 5 GHz for unmanned aircraft command and control.
This paper looks at potential band plans, as well as access regimes for unmanned aircraft flown under civil aviation rules. You can read the paper and provide feedback to help CAA and RSM determine the path forward.
Feedback closes on 31 October 2020.