Tuesday, May 05
Flight 21: First Cross-Country
By Brady Lane at 3:00 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 21.6 | Days since I started: 203 | Cost: $3,520.30
For this flight, we left Oshkosh and navigated to two other airports for my first cross-country flight.
I also called 1-800-WX-brief for the first time for a weather brief—both the night before and again in the morning for an update. I told them I was a student pilot and they gave me the info slow enough I could take notes — greatly appreciated.
I then calculated for wind corrections and studied the sectional charts for landmarks to look for on the way. I knew we'd be flying GPS-less, so the charts would be all we would have. Sectional charts are awesome! There is so much information on them. It's a great feeling not having to rely on GPS. (That being said, I'm sure I will enjoy flying with one if I have one in the future.) I'd be curious to hear how many students now learn with or without a GPS. I'm sure there are definite advantages to both approaches.
We never got lost on our flight, but as you'll see in the video, we did get slightly "misplaced" for a few moments as we were coming into Marshfield. It's a weird feeling not being where you think you are - even if it's just a few miles off.
Have any of you gotten extremely lost, ugghh, I mean "misplaced" while flying? If so, what did you to find your location again?
I felt really confident on this flight at the controls landing at airports I've never been to - even in strong winds. It really makes me look forward to my next cross country, which I'll do solo!