This results in a good minimum altitude for this flight of ft MSL. You can check out the other versions of this planner, as well as pilot submitted versions here. Check the runway length and compare that to your takeoff requirements and the rotational and initial climb speeds recommended in your airplane's manual POH. After you have flown this flight, think about how the experience of preparing the navigation log aided situational awareness in flight. Print a copy of this planner out now and follow along using the tutorial.
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Aircraft VFR Navigation Log for use during the actual Flight
Enter these values in the navigation log, and total the distances. For the navigation log you will need to calculate the following items.
Identify Checkpoints Checkpoints should be clearly identifiable landmarks along your route of flight, spaced every miles. Go to the Airplane Flight Manual a. Using your plotter, draw a course line on your sectional chart.
VFR Flight Planning, Flight Log
Generally, winds will increase as you climb. The value you obtain from the navigation log is the centralization of all of the information you need in an easy to read, single location. There are a number of items to be done in preparation for a VFR cross country in such a way that nothing is overlooked and the intended flight is done as safely as possible.
Round this up to 8.
naviation Enter the checkpoints, TC and Variation in the nav log. Print a copy of this planner out now and follow along using the tutorial. This is a minimum altitude, not the optimum altitude. You can use your Crosswind Component chart or the rule of thumb.
For your planned cruise power setting and density altitude, determine the Calibrated Airspeed CAS and fuel burn rate in cruise. Decide on and mark checkpoints. Check available runway lengths and aircraft performance. Calculate the distance and fuel remaining for each segment and enter in the Nav Log They will also serve as triggers for making vfg announcements at a uncontrolled field, or establishing contact with the tower at a tower controlled field.
Obstacle Clearance — In this example, we are departing from O61 field elevation and landing at Nutree field elevation During the flight the pilot regularly completes the log leg by leg and adjusts any ETA. You will record the actual amount of time each leg took to fly.
To understand the total distance, navigxtion and fuel, sum up each column and enter it at the bottom of the navigation log table. CH Compass Heading This is the compass heading you will fly for a specific leg of your flight in your specific airplane.
Look for an isogonic line on the sectional chart closest to the drawn course.
Add ft to this altitude. Easterly variations are found west of the agonic line, because magnetic north lies east of true north from any position west of the agonic line. Also, this examination is the first step in developing situational awareness about your flight.
There are two approaches to planning when to initiate a descent. Preflight planning is a very important element of any flight and especially so when going on a cross country flight.
Wind direction and speed Is the forecast wind true or magnetic? Recall that the winds aloft are aligned with true north. Lower Most Efficient Altitude: Many aviation publishers sell printed copies, there are electronic versions available on the internet, and online and tablet-based flight planners can automatically generate navigation logs. For your planned cruise power setting and density altitude, determine the Calibrated Airspeed CAS and fuel burn rate in cruise b.
Obstacle Clearance — Compare the field elevation of your departure airport, destination airport and all terrain and obstructions 10 miles each side of your planned course to determine the height of the tallest obstruction. Generally, is going to be the most efficient altitude for a normally aspirated engine, balancing the highest TAS with least amount of fuel burned per knot of TAS.