Category Archives: Enroute Flight

Navigation: Chart-Reading in Flight

Chapter 26, “En Route Navigation,” of the new fourth edition of The Pilot’s Manual Volume 2: Ground School focuses on how to go about the business being an effective pilot/navigator  with minimum interruption of safely flying the airplane. The components of successful pilot/navigation are: flight planning; chart-reading (also known as pilotage) which means determining your […]

Enroute Flight: Mental Workload

We tend to think of piloting an airplane as a physical skill, but there is much more to it. The pilot must assemble information, interpret data, assess its importance, make decisions, act, communicate, correct and continually reasses. Over time, all of this contributes to fatigue. Today on the Learn to Fly Blog we’ll talk about […]

CFI Brief: Basic Planning Calculations

It is a pilot’s responsibility prior to every flight to calculate time, speed, distance, and fuel required for that particular flight. As a pilot, you will have access to onboard systems, and tools like the CX-2 Flight Computer or E6-B that can assist in these types of calculations (check out our video tutorials on how […]

CFI Brief: Off-Course Correction

The fundamentals of visual navigation include two main methods as discussed in Monday’s post, pilotage and dead reckoning, each of which should be used in conjunction with the other. Whether flying by means of visual navigation or even by reference to instruments like a VOR it is possible to find yourself in an off-course situation. […]

Enroute Flight: Magnetic Variation

Plotting a course? Today we’re learning about magnetic variation, with help from Bob Gardner’s The Complete Private Pilot textbook. For flight planning purposes you must recognize that although the lines of latitude and longitude on charts are neatly perpendicular and relate to the True North Pole there is nothing in your airplane that relates to […]

Enroute Flight: Topography

A VFR Sectional Aeronautical Chart is a pictorial representation of a portion of the Earth’s surface upon which lines and symbols in a variety of colors represent features and/or details that can be seen on the Earth’s surface. Contour lines, shaded relief, color tints, obstruction symbols, and maximum elevation figures are all used to show […]

CFI Brief: Time Zones

Coordinated Universal Time, Universal Time Coordinated, Greenwich Mean Time, Zulu Time—I am sure you have heard these terms at some point in your flight training, but what is all of it? To keep it simple these are essentially one in the same: time corrected for seasonal variations in the earth’s rotation about the sun. As you may […]

Enroute Flight: Latitude and Longitude

Understanding the imaginary grid we’ve laid out around and across our planet is key in flight planning and ultimately your safety. Today, we’ll review some of the basics with help from the FAA textbook Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. The equator is an imaginary circle equidistant from the poles of the Earth. Circles parallel to the […]

Calculating Time En Route on the CX-2

Last week, we showed you how to calculate fuel burn using ASA’s CX-2. This week, we’ll show you how to calculate leg time, or time en route, when given distance and groundspeed using the CX-2 flight computer. Have a specific problem you want to see worked out on the CX-2 or one of our E6-B […]

Calculating Fuel Burn on the CX-2

Today’s post is a video is about how to calculate the amount of fuel used when given the fuel burn rate and time en route using our CX-2 flight computer. The CX-2 complies with Order 8080.6- Conduct of Airman Knowledge Tests, so users are free to bring their CX-2 with them to the testing centers for […]

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