Flight Data from Airways Radar Systems on 31st December 2023

N. S. Hudson made this Official Information request to Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited

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From: N. S. Hudson

Dear Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited,

I am writing to submit a request under the Official Information Act 1982 for access to all flight data recorded by Airways radar systems on 31st December 2023 between the hours of 3:45 AM and 4:15 AM GMT.

Specifically, I am seeking all available flight data for any and all radar tracks on the screens of Napier and Gisborne towers, whether the tracks are identifiable or not. This includes, but is not limited to:

- Alerts (EMG/Conflict/Airspace/Terrain)
- Call sign
- Wake Turbulence category
- Aircraft type
- Ground Speed
- Flight owner (sector)
- Current Altitude/Flight Level
- Cleared Altitude/FL
- Selected FL (in aircraft)
- Destination
- Squawk code
- X-Note (free text note function)
- STAR clearance
- RTA (Required Time of Arrival)
- Indicated Airspeed

I kindly request this information in a machine-readable format, preferably in electronic form such as a CSV or Excel file.

If there are any fees associated with processing this request, please inform me in advance. I am willing to cover reasonable costs incurred in providing this information.

I understand that you are required to respond to this request within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Official Information Act 1982.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,

N. S. Hudson

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Hi N.S,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible but in
any event no later than 28 May 2024 (being 20 working days after the day
your request was received) under the Official Information Act. If we are
unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.

 

Would you mind sharing the reason behind your request so that we can
better assist you with it?

 

If you have any other queries, please feel free to contact me directly.

 

Thank you.

 

Naoka​​​​ Iwase  |  Legal Counsel / OIA Advisor
w: [1]www.airways.co.nz

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Official Information request - Flight Data from Airways Radar
Systems on 31st December 2023

 

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Dear Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited,

I am writing to submit a request under the Official Information Act 1982
for access to all flight data recorded by Airways radar systems on 31st
December 2023 between the hours of 3:45 AM and 4:15 AM GMT.

Specifically, I am seeking all available flight data for any and all radar
tracks on the screens of Napier and Gisborne towers, whether the tracks
are identifiable or not. This includes, but is not limited to:

- Alerts (EMG/Conflict/Airspace/Terrain)
- Call sign
- Wake Turbulence category
- Aircraft type
- Ground Speed
- Flight owner (sector)
- Current Altitude/Flight Level
- Cleared Altitude/FL
- Selected FL (in aircraft)
- Destination
- Squawk code
- X-Note (free text note function)
- STAR clearance
- RTA (Required Time of Arrival)
- Indicated Airspeed

I kindly request this information in a machine-readable format, preferably
in electronic form such as a CSV or Excel file.

If there are any fees associated with processing this request, please
inform me in advance. I am willing to cover reasonable costs incurred in
providing this information.

I understand that you are required to respond to this request within 20
working days, as stipulated by the Official Information Act 1982.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your prompt
response.

Yours faithfully,

N. S. Hudson

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Dear Iwase, Naoka,

This is for personal research, I would like to know what was showing up on radar at that time.

Yours sincerely,

N. S. Hudson

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Thank you N.S.

Naoka Iwase
| Legal Counsel / OIA Advisor
w: http://www.airways.co.nz/

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From: Iwase, Naoka
Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited

Hi N.S,

We are writing to update you on your OIA request regarding the above flight data.

We are currently working through your request and consultation is required. We are therefore extending the time to make decision on your request to 14 June 2024.

We will endeavour to respond to you sooner, with 14 June 2024 being the latest date for a decision. This extension is made under section 15A(1)(b), as consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/ or freephone 0800 802 602.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this decision, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Naoka Iwase
| Legal Counsel / OIA Advisor
w: http://www.airways.co.nz/

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Hi N.S.,

 

Please find attached our response.

 

Thank you.

 

Naoka​​​​ Iwase
Legal Counsel / OIA Advisor
 
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From: N. S. Hudson

Dear Iwase, Naoka,

Terribly sorry but I noticed I made a mistake by putting the time selection as GMT, when I meant 31st December 2023 between the hours of 3:45 AM and 4:15 AM NZT.

Also if I may please get the headers of each column of data so I know which is which? The "Data 1" list that you've given me is in the order of
• Call sign
• Wake Turbulence category
• Aircraft type
• Ground Speed
• Current Altitude/Flight Level
• Destination
• Squawk code

but "5612" is in the 4th column, whereas above the squawk code is last, and don't know which some of them are just by looking at them. Also if you could please tell me how often the tracks are or add the timestamp too.

If something is tracked and yet unknown what it is, please still add the data.

If you would like me to start a fresh request I will do so.

Yours sincerely,

N. S. Hudson

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