A couple of investigations into recent accidents have highlighted the importance of multiple-aircraft cross-country expeditions being well-organised, well-led, and marked by good communication.

A whiteboard exercise in Miramar was a catalyst for a highly successful – and safe – event amid the peaks of the Crown Range and Southern Alps. Here, a case study in ensuring safety at an aviation rally.

If you want your licence issued or amended before the Christmas/New Year holidays, please get your applications in early.

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.

The current accident rate in some commercial helicopter operations remains a concern for the CAA.

New pilots will often identify issues no longer obvious to more experienced aviators.

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.

When it comes to your review of airworthiness, the IA holder plays an integral role.

Wildlife refuge areas are not marked on aeronautical charts, but the chance of a bird strike around them is much heightened.

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

Even in remote areas, you need to be aware of, and report, potential wire danger.

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.