October 2017 Issue

Approach Vectors Checklist

While the controller is doing (some of) the navigating for you is a good time to set up for the approach.

There’s nothing quite like hearing the phrase, “vectors for the approach.” To me at least, this is a calming phrase from an approach or center controller that says, “You’re just about there; now we’ll take care of you.” On vectors, it’s easy to let your guard down and lose track of where you are and what’s going on, subconsciously delegating those things to that friendly controller.

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