Learning Experiences

July 2006 Issue

Learning Experiences: 07/06

No Toys Allowed

It was my first solo cross-country flight, from the John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) to Ramona, Calif. (RNM). The objective was to use pilotage and dead reckoning, so my instructor admonished, “Remember: No toys like GPS allowed,” before endorsing my logbook.

But, using my visual checkpoints and timing them, everything was going according to plan. On my third leg of the flight, the wind must have shifted, though, because I couldn’t find my next checkpoint.

I knew better—even then—and should have executed a lost procedure. I thought it would take only a few more minutes of looking around before I find something familiar. But the next thing I knew, SoCa...

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