Announcements and Downloads

Click on any of the links below to download copies of the following materials related to the SMART Approaches flight path trial.

2015–2016 Yellow U23 SMART Approach flight path trial

On 20 October 2017, Airways New Zealand, Auckland Airport and the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) published the draft report on the trial of the Yellow U23 SMART Approach flight path.

People interested in the Yellow U23 trial were invited to read the draft report and provide feedback on its contents and the draft recommendations. There were also opportunities for those making submissions to present their views in person. Submissions on the draft report on the Yellow U23 SMART Approach flight path trial were accepted until 15 November 2017.

Airways, BARNZ and Auckland Airport considered all feedback before publishing a final report in May 2018.

Click here to download a copy of the final report on the 2015-2016 Yellow U23 SMART Approach Flight Path Trial.

Click here to download a copy of the Airways New Zealand Uniform SMART Approach Trial Report.

Click here to download a copy of the draft report on the 2015-2016 Yellow U23 SMART Approach Flight Path Trial.

Click here to download a copy of the Airways Yellow U23 report.

Click here to download a copy of the Marshall Day Acoustics Yellow U23 report.

Click here to download a copy of the BARNZ Yellow U23 report.

Click here to download a copy of the Bioresearches – Yellow U23 Flight Path impact on “endangered” species – Howick and Cockle Bay beaches.

Click here to download a copy of the Jones Lang LaSelle Limited (JLL) – Property Value Impact – Alternative Flight Path Approach.

2012–2013 SMART Approach flight path trial

In December 2014, Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand and the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) released the final report on the initial SMART Approaches flight path trial which took place in 2012 and 2013. The final report followed public feedback on the draft report, published in May 2014, and further analysis of data from the trial.

Click here to download a copy of the final report

Click here to download a copy of the draft report.

Click here to download a copy of the Marshall Day Acoustics report.

Click here to download a copy of the BARNZ report.

Click here to download a copy of the Airways NZ report.

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