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Napier, Nelson, and New Plymouth

For the first SNO of April, we're focussing our attention on three regional airports in the centre of the country: Napier, Nelson, and New Plymouth.

Not only do all three airports start with an 'N', appear next to each other in the AIP, and overlook a (different) coastline; all of them have interesting features that impact their arrivals and departures. There are big chunks of mountain in the immediate vicinity of each airport, and there are approaches at both Nelson and Napier that are offset from the runway heading. These are all airports where it is downright fun to be a pilot, or a controller!

Each leg should be around forty minutes depending on aircraft type, meaning you should able to easily fly to all three in under two and a half hours. Real-world, there are few direct services between these airports, but you should feel free to bring along your prop or small jet aircraft.

Flight Routes

Note: start the evening at ANY of the three airports and fly a complete circuit in either direction

From Napier

  • NZNR / NZNS : NR H297 DUMOT H240 NS
  • NZNR / NZNP : RNAV - NR H430 RUAHI TUIHU NP
  • NZNR / NZNP : Non-RNAV - NR H430 RUAHI NP

From Nelson

  • NZNS / NZNP : (NSNP4) NS H126 SELTA H499 NP
  • NZNS / NZNR : NS H313 FOXTN H467 NR

From New Plymouth

  • NZNP / NZNR : NP NR
  • NZNR / NZNS : (NPNS1) NP H252 NS

Airports

Positions

 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
 NZOH_CTROhakea Control125.100
TWRNZNP_TWRNew Plymouth Tower124.700
 NZNR_TWRNapier Tower124.800
 NZNS_TWRNelson Tower127.400