Vector articles

Performance-based navigation (PBN) has now been implemented at 17 controlled aerodromes in New Zealand. Gisborne and Napier will have PBN implemented in November 2020.

The flight envelope defines the safe operating range of an aircraft. We look at how a pilot can stay within the envelope, and the consequences of not doing so.

This co-pilot’s story from way back has as much relevance today as it did then: someone willing to make themselves unpopular with their workmates in the pursuit of safety, and saving their lives in the process.

The most interesting dangerous weather you’ve probably never had to think about – until now.

Mount Stupid is a term associated with the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’ – someone inexperienced, failing to accurately recognise the level of their (in)competence.

Hang gliding and paragliding ‘wings’ are increasingly populating New Zealand’s skies. If you fancy a go, here are the safety – and other – considerations, of taking off in foot-launched, free flight.

A couple of occurrences last year serve as a good reminder of the importance ground handlers play in aviation safety.

Pilots-in-command must resist the temptation to let their aviator-passenger ‘have a crack’ at piloting because things can quickly spiral out of control.