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  Reply # 1330285 23-Jun-2015 22:40
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Oblivian: Big ol golfball on the port hills covers most of the south island

I had always thought that the main Radar for this was the one on the airfield.
Thought the golfball was the Metservice Radar

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  Reply # 1330288 23-Jun-2015 22:45
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Me too. Till I looked into it more and found it was a field trip visit for trainee ATC :)

Wiki:
The prominent radar dome on top of Cass Peak is part of a nationwide system of air traffic management and is operated by Airways New Zealand. The nationwide system was built in the late 1980s and became operational in 1991.[16] Of the six secondary radar stations supplying the two air traffic control centres in Auckland and Christchurch with aircraft position data, Cass Peak is the southernmost in New Zealand.[17]


Rotating one on the ground is the older SSR 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1330289 23-Jun-2015 22:57
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http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/ENR_1.6.pdf

The one on the ground at CH Airport is a PSR, not an SSR.

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  Reply # 1330440 24-Jun-2015 10:01
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Im currious as to what Primary and Secondary radar equipment they use.

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  Reply # 1330567 24-Jun-2015 12:04
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It's not as clear cut as that...

There are two kinds of Radar, primary radar (the dish that wizzes around and pings moving targets basically), secondary radar where aircraft has a transponder and transmits its details back to base. Primary radar coverage isn't great - but we do have a reasonably good secondary radar system that covers a large portion of New Zealand and (oceanic) the Pacific.

The Radar Centre is solely based in Christchurch.


Oblivian:
gzt: 'Internal network failure' aside, ATC obviously did well today recovering.

Btw how long has ATC in NZ had a national radar?


From how I believe it works is Airways base is in christchurch aviational tech park - Sir William Pickering drv. From there most the radar for the country is run out of. The towers at each field control ground/approach etc But when you are calling auckland radar, you are talking to one of the guys in a room down here. Able to hand off to those beside him/her

Big ol golfball on the port hills covers most of the south island

Infact, its now outlined :) http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/69647341/flight-radar-failure-to-be-investigated-by-civil-aviation-authority

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  Reply # 1330686 24-Jun-2015 13:33
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ubergeeknz: Who the hell designs a critical system like this to be centralised in a single location?



Have you forgotten about Telecoms launch of their XT network? They tried to be cheap and didn't purchase a redundant unit.

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  Reply # 1330736 24-Jun-2015 14:31
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ubergeeknz: Who the hell designs a critical system like this to be centralised in a single location?


Have you forgotten about Telecoms launch of their XT network? They tried to be cheap and didn't purchase a redundant unit.


Yes, I remember... it was more than that though

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