New Zealand To Overhaul Air Traffic Control Systems: Outage of June 24 Hastens Transition Plans


Upset by the recent break down of its air traffic control system on a June afternoon, New Zealand has set in motion plans to overhaul the air traffic control radar system to move away from the Word War II technology and leap into the space age, in the coming years. There were 50 flights in the air when radar communications broke down at 2.41pm on June 24. The radar blackout led to grounding of all aircraft country wide.