.... I had been looking forward to today so much as it was to be my first dual cross country navigation exercise. Since I found out about this on Wednesday, I had done some prep work plotting the course and thinking about visual reference points. I also flew some of it on the simulator.
The course we were to take was to go from Rochester, to Canterbury, to Ashford and back to Rochester. Looking at this I thought that perhaps on the return leg back to Rochester it would be good to avoid a couple of private airfields which were for paragliding and microlites. To do this I added on my route plan, another turnng point (waypoint), which was Royal Tunbridge Wells. In speaking to my instructor before the flight he said that wasn't strictly necessary but we would fly it anyway. I calculated the route to be around 74 nautical miles (nm). With an IAS of 95 knots taking around 48 minutes.
For the flight I took quarter mil and half mil charts and took the recommendation from my instructor that he prefers the quarter mil ones. These are avaiation charts which have a scale of 1:250 000.
Rochester - Canterbury (12 mins), eta = ata
Ashford - Bewl (15 mins) eta <> ata [Actual was 17 mins]
6) keep doing those FREDA checks and keep a good lookout
I did use my iPhone Motion-X GPS Lite App but it appears for some reason to have ended the route just before the final leg was about to happen! Anyway, the route is above, from Rochester back to Rochester. Brakes Off/On was 1 hour ten minutes in the end.
I have booked a lesson for next weekend which may (weather permitting) also be another Navigation Exercise (Rochester, Hastings Pier, Ashford and back to Rochester).
Today was a great day in my course because it was my first jolly out across country as a student and a valuable learning experience.
27.07-08-11 C152 G-CEPX EGTO EGTO 13:40 14:50 1:10 1-1 EX17