Queenstown Tower Procedures

Section 1: Ground Procedures

1.1 - Responsibilities

Queenstown Ground is responsible for issuing all IFR Route Clearances & VFR Departure instructions  on the ground at Queenstown Airport (NZQN).

Queenstown Ground is responsible for issuing taxi instructions and providing separation to all aircraft on the taxiways at Queenstown Airport (NZQN).

1.2 - Frequency and Callsign Information

 

CallsignNZQN_GND
Primary Frequency121.900 MHz
RTF DesignatorQueenstown Ground
Telephone DesignatorQueenstown Ground

 

1.3 - IFR Clearances

Clearances shall be issued in accordance with the Delivery Tutorial Section 2: IFR Clearances.

Note : (RNP) departures tend not to be in airac's by navigraph & aerosoft, hence it is not a good idea assigning them!

eg ... ANPOV1D departure TIMJO transition ...

1.3.1 - Runway 05 Clearances

  • ANPOV1A (RNP) - for aircraft flying north
  • BRIDGE FIVE (BRG 5) - Non-RNAV
  • EPDEX1C (GNSS) - **preferred** for aircraft flying north
  • IPNOR1A (RNP) - for aircraft flying international across the Tasman
  • IPNOR1C (GNSS) - **preferred** for aircraft flying international across the Tasman
  • SUNGU1P (GNSS) - **preferred** for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin 

1.3.2 - Runway 23 Clearances

  • ANPOV1B (RNP) - for aircraft flying north
  • ANPOV1D (GNSS)  - **preferred** for aircraft flying north
  • FRANKTON FOUR (FKN 4) - Non-RNAV
  • IPNOR1B (RNP) - for aircraft flying international across the Tasman
  • IPNOR1D (GNSS) - **preferred** for aircraft flying international across the Tasman
  • SUNGU1Q (GNSS) - for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin 
  • SUNGU1S (GNSS) - for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin 

1.3.3 - Flight Plan Annotation

The flight plan shall be annotated to display the SID being used by the flight.

1.4 - VFR Departure Clearances

VFR aircraft shall be, in the first instance, assigned a published departure procedure appropriate for their direction of flight.  If the pilot is unfamiliar with a published procedure, a plain langugage clearance may be issued to the pilot.  The VFR flight strip should be amended to display the departure procedure/plain language clearance that was issued.

1.5 - Pushback and Start Up advice

Queenstown Ground shall issue pushback and/or start up advice to all aircraft. Ground shall use positive control to ensure that no other aircraft will pass directly behind an aircraft that is pushing back.

1.6 - Transfer of Communications

Once ground has issued all necessary instructions to the pilot, they shall advise the pilot to contact Queenstown Tower.

Section 2: Aerodrome Control

2.1 - Responsibilities

Queenstown Tower is responsible for all IFR and VFR aircraft operating within the QN CTR/D(82), from SFC - 7500ft as well as all runways at Queenstown airport (NZQN).

Tower is responsible for selecting the most suitable runway-in-use.

In most cases, the runway-in-use will be the runway which is most into wind. This is because aircraft prefer to take off & land into wind.

However, in some cases, due to runway length, available approach and landing aids, position of the sun or the types of aircraft that use the runway, the most into wind runway may not be most suitable runway. It is up to the tower to balance these factors when selecting the runway-in-use.

To avoid head on collisions & to maintain seperation between arriving & departing aircraft, only one end of a runway can be-in-use.

The runway-in-use shall be included in the ATIS report.

Control boundary shown in yellow.

2.2 - Frequency and Callsign Information

 

CallsignNZQN_TWR
Primary Frequency118.100 MHz
RTF DesignatorQueenstown Tower
Telephone DesignatorQueenstown Tower

2.3 - IFR Arrivals

2.3.1 RNP Y approach - Always a straight in approach

  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Continue approach, number one"
  • Pilot - "... Continue approach, number one"
  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Runway nn Cleared to land ..."
  • (near being lined up on center line or pilot reports field/runway in sight)

2.3.2 RNAV G or F approach - Straight in or visual circuit for either runway

  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Once visual, join visual circuit or straight in, runway nn"
  • Pilot - "... visual circuit, runway nn ..."
  • ATC - "... ANZ123 ..."
  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Runway nn Cleared to land ..."
  • (near completion of visual circuit or pilot reports field/runway in sight)

2.3.2 VOR/DME B or C approach - Straight in or visual circuit for either runway

  • for this example pilot is not given a choice
  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Join via the visual circuit, runway nn"
  • Pilot - " ... visual circuit, runway nn"
  • ATC - "... ANZ123..."
  • ATC - "... ANZ123 Runway nn Cleared to land ..."
  • (near completion of visual circuit or pilot reports field/runway in sight)

Note1 : For 2.3.1 & 2.3.2 Do not tell a pilot to make a straight in approach unless they request it.

Note2 : You can actually land an aircraft on either runway using the visual circuit.

2.4 - IFR Departures

Tower shall clear aircraft for take off at their discretion using their best judgement.

By the time you enter, back track & line up an aircraft, any previous departing aircraft will most likely be 5nm out & no longer in line with runway.

Avoid at all costs go arounds caused by back tracking aircraft for take off.   

Tower shall annotate the flight plan to display the SID being used by the aircraft.

Example

  • ATC - "...ANZ123 report airboune, runway nn cleared for takeoff..."
  • Pilot - "... cleared for take off ..."
  • Pilot - "... airbourne passing 2000 ..."
  • ATC - "...ANZ123 track via the sid, climb to FLnnn..."
  • Pilot - "... track via the sid, climb FLnnn..."
  • ATC - "...ANZ123 passing 7000, contact Queenstown Approach 125.75..."

Note1 : You should read the moodle course on procedural towers.

Note2 : As depicted below, most departures have a visual segment due to the climb gradients required. While many pilots online ignore, or are not aware of the visual segment, the controller should always plan on pilots correctly flying the visual segment prior to  setting heading.

 

2.5 - VFR Arrivals

VFR arrivals shall be assigned a published VFR arrival procedure.  If the pilot is unfamiliar with a published procedure, a plain language clearance may be issued to the pilot. If traffic permits, direct joining instructions may be issued instead.

2.6 - Transfer of Communications

2.6.1 - Arriving Aircraft

Once the aircraft has vacated the runway.

2.6.2 - Departing Aircraft

Instruct pilot passing 7,000 feet to contact NZQN_APP, NZCH-S_CTR or monitor unicom as appropriate.