Queenstown Tower

Section 1: Delivery Procedures

1.1 - Responsibilities

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

1.2 - Frequency and Callsign Information

 

CallsignNZQN_DEL
Primary Frequency121.900 MHz
RTF DesignatorQueenstown Delivery
Telephone DesignatorQueenstown Delivery

 

1.3 - IFR Clearances

 

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

eg ... ANPOV*D departure TIMJO transition ...

1.3.1 - Runway 05 Clearances

 

  • ANPOV*A (RNP) - for aircraft flying north - preferred
  • BRIDGE * (BRG*) - Non-RNAV
  • EPDEX*C (GNSS) -  for aircraft flying north - preferred
  • EPDEX*P (GNSS) - for aircraft flying north
  • IPNOR*A (RNP) - for aircraft flying international across the Tasman - preferred
  • IPNOR*C (GNSS) -  for aircraft flying international across the Tasman - preferred
  • SUNGU*P (GNSS) -  for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin 

1.3.2 - Runway 23 Clearances

 

  • ANPOV*B (RNP) - for aircraft flying north - preferred
  • ANPOV*D (GNSS)  -  for aircraft flying north - preferred
  • ANPOV*F (GNSS) - for aircraft flying north
  • ANPOV*S (GNSS) - for aircraft flying north (with visual segment)
  • ANPOV*T (GNSS) - for aircraft flying north (with visual segment)
  • FRANKTON * (FKN*) - Non-RNAV
  • IPNOR*B (RNP) - for aircraft flying international across the Tasman - preferred
  • IPNOR*D (GNSS) -  for aircraft flying international across the Tasman - preferred
  • SUNGU*Q (GNSS) - for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin - preferred
  • SUNGU*S (GNSS) - for aircraft going to Invercargill or Dunedin 
  • SUNGU*U (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 language 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 - Transfer of Communications

Once delivery 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/C, from SFC - 7500ft as well as all runways at Queenstown airport (NZQN). Tower may clear aircraft for take off without reference to a TMA or CTR controller. This is called "Auto Release".

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

However, in some cases, due to runway length, available approach and landing aids, the position of the sun or the types of aircraft that use the runway, the most into wind runway may not be a 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 separation 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 is 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

Arrivals on an instrument approach shall be given their sequence on first contact.  Arrival on a visual approach shall be given joining instructions and sequence on first contact.

Controllers should remember to give clearance to backtrack in Queenstown. This can also include clearance to taxi to the stand at the same time. 

Example

  • ATC - "...ANZ123 backtrack taxi apron..."
  • Pilot - "... backtrack taxi apron, ANZ123 ..."

2.4 - IFR Departures

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

By the time you enter, backtrack & line up an aircraft, any previous departing aircraft will most likely be 5nm out & no longer in line with the 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 airborne contact Queenstown Approach 125.75, runway nn cleared for takeoff..."
  • Pilot - "... airborne contact Queenstown Approach 125.75, cleared for take off ..."

 

Controllers should also note that backtrack clearance should also include clearance to cross RWY32/14 

Example

  • ATC - "...ANZ123, backtrack lineup runway 23, cross runway 14/32..."
  • Pilot - "...backtrack lineup runway 23, cross runway 14/32, ANZ123..."

2.5 - Pushback and Start-Up advice

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

2.6 - 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.

Aircraft utilising RWY32/14 can be told to land on their discretion.

Example

  • ATC - "...FML, RWY32 land your discretion..."

2.7 - VFR Departures 

VFR departures shall be assigned a published VFR departure procedure.  If the pilot is unfamiliar with a published procedure, a plain language clearance may be issued to the pilot. 

Aircraft utilising RWY32/14 can also be told to takeoff on their discretion.

Example

  • ATC - "...FML, RWY32 takeoff your discretion..."

2.8 - Transfer of Communications

2.8.1 - Arriving Aircraft

Aircraft will be instructed to contact Queenstown Tower passing 8000ft or before the QN CTR/C.

2.8.2 - Departing Aircraft

IFR aircraft should be transferred to Queenstown Approach or Christchurch Control once airborne. 

VFR aircraft will remain on the Queenstown Tower frequency until clear of the CTR/C.