Read our special 'online' Vector stories here. Some are unique to the website, and some have featured in print issues of Vector.

Note: This archive dates back to 2015. So, the advice in some of the earlier articles may have changed.

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A chat with the Young Eagles

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What is a ‘Young Eagle’? Right now, there are about 350 of them, in 17 aero clubs around New Zealand. Most are between 14 and 18 years of age and they’re made of tough stuff. Many of them work multiple jobs, often at minimum wage, to fund their flying lessons, while also studying at secondary school or university. And they frequently go without many of the things that teens love to do or possess, in order to fly.

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Posted in Instruction instructors and training, Pilot performance flying practice and professionalism, Audio articles;

Posted 24 months ago

The insider threat to aviation

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The ‘insider threat’ is the potential for an employee to harm their own organisation – something the New Zealand aviation sector has not been immune to. In this Vector Online interview, we discuss the capacity of an employee at an airport whose behaviour threatens the security of aviation. We talk about what to look for, and what to do about what you see.

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Posted in Aerodromes, General safety, Operators, Security, Audio articles;

Posted 2 years ago


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Lookout is one of the most important skills – if not the most important skill – a VFR pilot can master, particularly in the circuit. It sounds deceptively simple but there’s a whole heap of skills that go into looking out effectively.  Listen to four of the country’s most experienced instructors talk about how to do a good lookout, in this Vector Online audio article, “Why a good lookout is so critical”.

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Posted in Aerodromes, Airspace, Pilot performance flying practice and professionalism, Audio articles;

Posted 2 years ago

Currency and competency

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As pilots climb back into the cockpit this summer, some of them won’t have flown for many months. If you suspect some of your flying skills may have been dulled by such a break, consider a dual flight with an instructor, before your summer flying takes off. Listen to this Vector Online article, ‘Currency and competency’ as to why a dual flight is so important. There’s information there for instructors and aero clubs as well as for pilots.

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Posted in Pilot performance flying practice and professionalism, Audio articles;

Posted 2 years ago