Looking out the window

August, 6, 2019 by

by tomthetank, Infinite Flight ATC Supervisor and CFI-G.

Pilotage is the practice of navigating based on outside references. All you need for this is a map, a plan, and a way to look outside your aircraft.

Start your flight planning by looking at a VFR chart and planning where you want to end up. Imagine a line between your departure airport and arrival airport. Start looking down that line, and make a plan based off ground features you’re sure you can see from the air. Towns, major roads, rivers, and airports are all great landmarks to use. Choose features that aren’t too far away, roughly 15nm maximum, so that you know you’ll be able to see each landmark and not get lost in between. In the chart I included in the Resources section, you can see that the pink line has a few airports and towns along it’s way, and that there’s a highway just right of course, north of Jolamtra. These all make great waypoints to follow, even with 15m imagery.

Once you have your plan, you can use it to go flying! Take off, and head towards your first waypoint! Keep a sharp eye out, and once you see it, head to the next one. Keep doing this until you reach your destination.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More