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New Air Space operations in and above the Omarama

Hey Guys,

We've spoken to Captain Mark Sutherland for clarification on all this and it looks
like we'll have Mt Cook ATR's flying through the Omarama area where
HGs fly.

Fortunately most of the flights will be above our usual
altitudes and the flights are few.

Still these guys are operating on IFR and descending through the
levels we fly at so we need to do everything we can to avoid a midair.

Bill Degen has taken the conversations so if you have any further info or would like to ask any questions please direct these to him for now.

Luke

INTRODUCTION
Hello,
This briefing document has been distributed to operators and parties that may be affected by the Mount Cook Airline summer operation to Mount Cook aerodrome. I encourage operators and individuals to pass this document on to anyone who may be operating aircraft within the Mount Cook area, the MacKenzie Basin, or the Southern Alps Mandatory Broadcast Zone (MBZ), particularly to the east of the Main Divide during December 2012 and January 2013.
Mount Cook Airline has over 40 years experience operating large turbo prop aircraft in this area. Operations commenced to Mount Cook Airfield in 1961 using DC-3 aircraft and continued uninterrupted until 2002 when we ceased our ATR-72 scheduled services. Now, in 2012, we are again operating a limited summer schedule and Mount Cook Airline is proud to be returning to the “rock”.
Many things have changed since 2002, and perhaps the biggest change will be how Mount Cook Airline plans to operate its ATR-72 aircraft on this summer schedule to Mount Cook aerodrome. This document details the procedures used and how we plan to operate.
Please read this document carefully and understand the implications of the procedures we will fly. They are designed to cause minimum impact to other operators and above all they are designed to make our operation predictable. Mount Cook ATR’s will be operating as IFR flights only, and will not be conducting “scenic” arrivals or departures. There will be no operations of any kind other than arrivals and departures between NZMC and the IFR reporting point called MAMUS which is the same location as the Mount Mary VOR/DME.
It is important to note that ATR-72 aircraft will be climbing and descending through G958 and G957 as part of IFR clearances between Mount Cook aerodrome, Queenstown and Christchurch.
One thing that has not changed is our commitment to flight safety. We are looking forward to operating in this magnificent part of the world and we are committed to doing so in a safe, responsible manner and in harmony with the established aviation operators in the area.
Anyone who has questions regarding the Mount Cook Airline operation to Mount Cook Airfield, or who requires further clarification of our operating procedures, should contact me directly. My contact details are included at the end of this document.
Regards,
Captain Mark Sutherland Fleet Manager ATR-72
SCHEDULE FOR THE 2012/13 SUMMER SEASON
Mount Cook Airline operates under the callsign “Mount Cook”.
????Flight
??Callsign
??Christchurch to Mount Cook
?“Mount Cook 411”
??Mount Cook to Queenstown
?“Mount Cook 411”
??Queenstown to Mount Cook
?“Mount Cook 412”
??Mount Cook to Christchurch
?“Mount Cook 412”
?????The schedule included is correct as at the 12th of December 2012 but is subject to change due to operational requirements. Changes to this schedule are likely to be in the form of flight cancellations. Additions to the schedule are extremely unlikely.
????Date
??Flight Schedule
??Sun 23rd Dec 2012
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Tue 25th Dec 2012
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
??Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Wed 26th Dec 2012
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Sun 30th Dec 2012
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
??Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Sun 1st Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
???Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??????
???Sun 6th Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
???Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Tue 8th Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Sun 13th Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook NZ5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Tue 15th Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Wed 16th Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Sun 20th 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
??Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
??Tue 22nd Jan 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
???Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
????????
????Sun 27th 2013
Christchurch to Mount Cook
NZ 5411
departs: 11:45 am – arrives: 12:25 pm
Queenstown to Mount Cook NZ 5412
departs: 3:10 pm – arrives: 3:50 pm
????Mount Cook to Queenstown NZ 5411
departs: 1:30 pm – arrives: 2:10 pm
Mount Cook to Christchurch NZ 5412
departs: 4:30 pm – arrives: 5:10 pm
?ATR 72 Procedures to and from Mount Cook aerodrome
The flight paths to and from Mount Cook aerodrome (NZMC) are shown on the map provided.
The Mount Cook pilots involved in this operation have all undergone specific training
for our
? ? ? ? ?
operations to NZMC. The training has included:
Flight Simulation of all normal and abnormal procedures in and out of NZMC. Briefings and instruction on local weather and terrain considerations. Familiarisation with local MBZ procedures and traffic and position reporting. An awareness of local operators and their respective flight paths.
Airspace considerations.
Arrivals
? Flights from Christchurch and Queenstown will be descending through the general aviation areas via IFR tracks to MAMUS (Mount Mary), as indicated by the black lines.
? Flight crews will make position reports (where possible) relative to geographical features or visual reporting points.
? Position reports will be conducted on 118.6, 119.1 and 133.55 as appropriate.
? Flight crews will provide an ETA for NZMC with intentions at MAMUS
(instrument approach or a visual approach).
? At MAMUS, the aircraft will either fly the Glentanner RNAV (GNSS) Alpha
instrument approach or a visual approach.
? If an instrument approach is to be flown, the aircraft will initially enter the
holding pattern at MAMUS, descending to 6000 feet before commencing the approach and descending to a minimum of 3230 feet to the south east of Glentanner aerodrome.
? In the event of a missed approach, the aircraft will climb and track to MAMUS (as shown by the red arrow).
? Visual approaches from MAMUS will track along the north eastern shore of Lake Pukaki (blue line), remaining clear of Glentanner aerodrome and descending to be not above 3000 feet at Rotten Tommy (if Runway 31 is in use) or not above 3000 feet at Hooker Bridge (if Runway 13 is in use).
Departures
? In VMC, departing flights will track (traffic permitting) via the eastern shores of Lake Pukaki climbing to MAMUS (Mount Mary).
? If weather conditions require an instrument departure, flights will depart NZMC and maintain VMC to just south of Glentanner aerodrome before climbing on the Glentanner RNAV SID from OMUBU to MAMUS (tracking approximately along the position of the red line).
? From MAMUS, flights will continue the climb through the general aviation areas, south to Queenstown or north east to Christchurch via IFR tracks as indicated. Flights will usually be above 8000 ft crossing MAMUS.
? During the climb, flight crews will make position reports (where possible) relative to geographical features or visual reporting points on 118.6, 119.1 and 133.55.
OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS
Flights into and out of Mount Cook will adhere to the following company operational limitations:
? Maximum wind of 50 knots at 10,000 feet.
? Maximum surface wind of 30 knots at NZMC.
? Maximum indicated airspeed of 180 knots outside controlled airspace (below
13,500 feet).
? External lights on when flying within the Southern Alps MBZ.
? Instrument approaches are flown via the Glentanner RNAV (GNSS) Alpha
approach from MAMUS. The approach minima are 3230 feet and 5 km
visibility.
? The Mount Cook company visual manoeuvring minima are 3300 feet and 8
km visibility.
? No visual approaches prior to MAMUS.
? Take-off minima, is 1000 feet agl and 8 km visibility.
? Departures are to be flown either via the Glentanner RNAV (GNSS) SID from
OMUBU to track to MAMUS or by flying down the north eastern shore of Lake Pukaki and intercepting the Glentanner RNAV SID track prior to MAMUS.
OTHER INFORMATION Transponders
The ATR is fitted with a collision avoidance system, commonly known as TCAS. It is appreciated if aircraft operating within the vicinity of the ATR flight paths (as indicated on the map) have their transponder switched to ALT (mode C) to provide position and altitude information to the TCAS system. If the mode C function is unavailable, please have the transponder switched to ON to provide position information. Operators should be aware that Mount Cook Airline TCAS procedures allow for positive visual identification. If we can see you on TCAS, and can establish visual contact, we do not need to take evasive action and then fill out the paper work!
Having your transponder on really does make it easier for us to see you!
Spot Winds
If you need a spot wind, please feel free to ask. If we are busy it may take a few minutes to reply but we are only too happy to help where we can.
CONTACT
Any questions please contact:
Captain Mark Sutherland
Fleet Manager ATR-72
Office Phone: 03 374 7159
Mobile: 021 407 376 or 0274 555 709
Email: mark.sutherland@airnz.co.nz