Airspace Project

Welcome to the Airspace Project

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The purpose of this project is to produce tools for the creation of GPS compatible airspace files from NZ CAA airspace documentation. The NZ CAA produces printed airspace maps which may be used for flight planning and in-flight. They also publish PDF documents that contain a textural description of the airspace boundaries. These documents are of no practical use to pilots because they cannot be read by any device or software.

 

It is possible to create airspace on your GPS by manually entering routes. The effort required to do this is huge as is the potential for error. Maintaining any more than a handful of airspaces is impractical. This project is creating software tools that are capable of reading the published airspace definitions and turning them into airspace files that can be loaded into a map capable GPS or flight instrument for use in-flight.

 

 

The Airspace Project now has a new dedicated website where you can browse the airspace online, filter out items that you don't need, and download in the format you require.

You can find it at nzairspace.appspot.com

 

 

Disclaimer

 

Documentation

You should be able to find out everything you need to know about the GPS Airspace Project here. It explains how to obtain airspace files and how to use them.
If you cannot find the answers to your questions here please check the forum where you can search for answers or ask new questions.

Using Airspace Files

The instructions for using airspace files vary depending on the type of device or file format. Basically you want to download the files from the nzairspace.appspot.com website to your PC then upload them to the GPS receiver using the software that came with your device.
Brief instructions for doing that can be found on the pages listed below for each specific format.
 

Brauniger / Flytec

This file format can be used to load airspaces into the Brauniger Competino or Compeo and Flytec 5020, 5030, 6020 or 6030 vario/GPSs.

To load the airspace file you must use the Flychart software package that comes with these GPSs. If you don't have it Flychart can be downloaded from the Brauniger website.

Instructions:

  1. Download the file attached below and save it to your computer.
  2. Open Flychart and select "Extras > Flight instrument options..." from the menu.
  3. Click on "Restricted areas" in the list on the left.
  4. Click on the "Load..." button, browse to the file that you downloaded and click "Open".
  5. All the airspaces contained in the file will be listed at the top of the window. When you click the "Upload..." button all the selected airspaces (those with a green tick) will be uploaded to the GPS. By default all airspaces are selected. You may choose to deselect the airspaces you are not interested in. To do that right-click on an airspace and use the "select" menu options. If you have a 5020, 6020 or Competino you will have to deselect some airspaces because those models support a maximum of 20.
  6. When you have the necessary airspaces selected click on the "Upload..." button to load them into the GPS.

OpenAir

The file attached below can be loaded into various flight instruments.

  1. Download the txt file and save it to your PC.
  2. Open the txt file in the software that came with your instrument or general-purpose software such as GPSDump.
  3. Select the specific airspaces you want and upload them into your instrument. For detailed instructions on this step refer to the documentation that came with your instrument or software.

GPX

The file attached below can be loaded into various GPSs.

  1. Download the gpx file and save it to your PC.
  2. Open the gpx file in the software that came with your instrument or general-purpose software such as GPSDump.
  3. Select the specific airspaces you want and upload them into your GPS. For detailed instructions on this step refer to the documentation that came with your GPS or software.

Google Earth

This file can be used to view airspaces in 3D using Google Earth. You can fly through the airspace you intend to use to familiarise yourself with it before you fly. If you have GPS track logs you can load them into Google Earth at the same time and check to see if you have made any airspace infringements.
If you don't have Google Earth installed you can obtain it at earth.google.com. Then just click on the file below to launch Google Earth and load the airspace. You can turn individual airspaces on or off in the panel on the left. Leonardo is a easy way to convert your track log into a Google Earth kml file if you want to view it on Google Earth at the same time.
 

Garmin

WARNING - These files are out of date, do not use!

If you want to load airspace onto your Garmin (or other) GPS use the GPX format instead.

 

The file attached below has been built specifically for loading into Garmin GPS devices.

Previous versions of the Garmin Maps have been difficult to install, but they now have an installer to make it easy and painless. 

  1. Download the exe file and save it to your PC.
  2. Double-click on it and follow the prompts, this will install the maps into Garmin MapSource.
  3. Open Garmin MapSource, select all the maps you want in your map set and upload them into your GPS. For detailed instructions on this step refer to the Garmin MapSource documentation.

 

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NZAirspace-Nov2009.exe372.95 KB
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Change Log

4 31/03/2015

  • Added support for all airspace types used in NZ.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Updated airspace data to 05/03/2015

3  4/11/2013

  • Completely rebuilt with new web interface and database.
  • Added support for CTRs.

0.4 8/1/2013

  • Updated files to CAA release 15/11/2012.
  • Added support for reading files sfrom the CAA's new ANR format.
  • Added support for OpenAir output format.
  • Added support for GPX output format.

0.3 24/8/2008

  • Added support for Google Earth (kml) output format.
  • Fixed an altitude handling bug that affected some of the MBZ's and GAA's. Refer to the issues page for more detail.
  • Refactored the code that handles airspaces with multiple sectors to produce more accurate results.
  • Added support for the effective date attribute so that only airspaces that are currently effective are written to the output.
  • Updated the exe file that was missed in the previous release.
  • Updated the source data files to the latest version published by the CAA.

0.2 19/7/2008

  • Added support for Brauniger (fa5) format.

0.1 15/4/2008

  • Initial release supports CTA, GAA and MBZ airspaces.
  • Produces polish map format files that can be converted and loaded into Garmin GPSs.