January 8, 2019

Integration of NZDF Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into NZ civil airspace

Integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into civil airspace is a complex problem that is being investigated within New Zealand and internationally. For the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) seamless access to civil airspace would enhance RPAS operational capability for military training and non-military tasks, whereas current operational restrictions are likely to limit or preclude the use of RPAS for certain roles.

This report identifies the current issues associated with the integration of NZDF RPAS into New Zealand civil airspace. This is based on a DTA review of public domain information, which illustrates the underlying principles and assumptions currently put forward by various stakeholders involved in addressing RPAS integration in New Zealand and internationally.

Technological solutions and other airspace integration enablers are also identified and discussed.

Read this report [PDF: 1.54MB, 66 Pages]