Aviation Safety and RPAS/Drones In Controlled Airspace

Allen Reynolds made this Official Information request to Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited

The request was partially successful.

From: Allen Reynolds

New Zealand

02 April 2018

Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited

Dear Sir or Madam

Official information request: Aviation Safety and RPAS/Drones In Controlled Airspace

Please supply the following information under the Official Information Act (OIA):

In the Stuff news item “Air NZ calls for tougher drone restrictions after near-miss with plane”, DILEEPA FONSEKA, Last updated 17:59, March 27 2018, they report -

“Airways, the company which operates air traffic control at Auckland Airport, said at least one drone a week is spotted flying illegally through controlled airspace in New Zealand”

Please provide details of these NZ-wide controlled airspace incidents

- for the period 01 January 2016 to 31 March 2018

listing –
- date and time
- location, and Aerodrome name and ICAO code if within 4 km
- RPAS details
- details of other aircraft involved
- nature of the incident, including details of people, and any injuries…
- agencies informed, involved and their actions – eg. CAA, Police, Airways, TAIB, military…
- outcomes – eg. Court case, fines, drone/operator not found…

If you need any more information from me please let me know as soon as possible.

I understand that a decision on a request for information under the OIA should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.

If you do not normally deal with official information requests, or you need advice on dealing with this request, guidance is available from the Ombudsman at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Yours faithfully

Allen Reynolds

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Allen Reynolds left an annotation ()

asked FYI to check the email address they use, to send to Airways

don't want a 'bounced address', like my request 21 Feb 17 - #5417

I'm sure Airways are just thrilled to get my enquiry...

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Oliver Lineham left an annotation ()

I have checked FYI's mail logs and can confirm the email was successfully delivered to the corporation's email server at UTC 2018-04-02T06:37:26.206Z.

We are using the email address requested by Airways Corp in an email to FYI on 24 February 2017.

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Allen Reynolds left an annotation ()

thank you...

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From: Eruera, Arama
Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited

Attachment 20180501 Reynolds OIA Response.pdf
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Dear Allen,


Please find attached our response dated 1 May 2018.


Ngâ mihi


Arama Eruera
Airways’ OIA Officer
Airways Corporation New Zealand

Level 7, Majestic Center, 100 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 294, Wellington 6140, New Zealand



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From: Allen Reynolds

Dear Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited,

Thank you for the information supplied.

What is apparent is how little information aviation safety organisations have rapid access to, on a supposed threat that could potentially (maybe) shut down aviation as we know it.

Well, according to some shrill nay-sayers...

And how these organisations operate strictly within their 'little boxes'
Whilst - 'Out [t]here in the perimeter / There are no [rule]s, / Out [t]here [they] is [dr]oned / Immaculate'
(Apologies Jim...)

Yours faithfully,

Allen Reynolds

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