from an aviation safety scholarship was vital to the development of
a new app that's currently being trialled in the South Island to
help improve safety in New Zealand's airspace.
to reduce controllers' workload at peak times, the tablet-based app
is the brainchild of Hadley Cave, Airways New Zealand's Chief
Controller at Dunedin Tower, and the recipient of the 2015 Jilly
Murphy Memorial Aviation Safety Scholarship.
scholarship is now open for applications from people, like Hadley,
who are passionate about making a difference to aviation
$5000 scholarship is offered to support a project or person who
contributes to improved aviation safety in New Zealand,
particularly in Canterbury. It is offered jointly by
Christchurch Airport and Airways New Zealand, in memory of Jilly
Murphy, a member of the Airways Christchurch Tower team who died in
central Christchurch during the February 22 2011
Cave says the scholarship was vital to the development of
the app, and it offers others like him a
unique opportunity to contribute to aviation safety. "I would
encourage anyone with an interest in aviation and safe skies, with
the kernel of idea for a safety change or innovation, to have a
go. It's a great opportunity and not to be missed," he
The app was designed to overcome the
large increase in the number of lateral separation charts
caused by the implementation of satellite-based navigation
procedures in control towers. It was developed by an Airways
software engineer who turned the concept into reality.
we're trialling in Dunedin replaces looking through three bulky
folders containing over 70 charts, with just a few taps on the
tablet," says Hadley. "It greatly reduces the possibility of
misinterpreting a chart and minimises any distraction by having to
find the correct folder, when the controller should have their eyes
out the window.
scholarship fund is offered to be used for learning, resources,
equipment or to supplement income for a person focused on aviation
safety. The project could be research, a process, a product or
anything else than enhances aviation safety. Applications
close on 22 December 2015, and can be made via an application form
on the Airways and Christchurch Airport websites.
worked for Airways for 20 years as a highly skilled air traffic
controller and was loved and respected by her colleagues at the
airport. Aviation safety was very important to her, and her family
is supporting the scholarship because of its focus on safety.
A memorial seat in her honour is at the base of the control tower
at Christchurch Airport.