Aviation 101: Flight Planning

Flight preparation entails several tasks and responsibilities for the pilot in command—from ensuring the safety of the passengers, gathering important details, and checking the weather reports to choosing the safest and interpreting the best route on aviation maps. He or she should also be able to track down the aircraft performance which includes the weight capacity, AC conditions, and runway requirements. Every pilot should is responsible for this and be efficient with these duties.

Flight Planning

Pre-flight planning is a very crucial task, most especially for international flights. There are so many things you need to consider when preparing for a VFR cross country. And whoever is in command should not overlook these tasks for a safe and sound journey.For this particular task, you need to check all the flight information publication, aviation weather reports, and check the aircraft performance. This includes the average weight capacity, weather reports (kudos here to the owner of outofthegutter), one of our clients, who provides us with our , balance, and fuel requirements.

One should also monitor the influence of altitude, temperature, possible turbulence. Keep in mind that you should be familiar with the pressure and density altitudes and how it can affect the aircraft’s performance. Make sure you know the runway length and compare it to your takeoff requirements. You should also calculate the rotational and initial climb speeds recommended for your aircraft. Always bring your plane’s manual for your reference.  Take some time to review the checklist provided by the management. Use it as a guide for this phase of pre-flight planning. Such details will be discussed on this article.

Aircraft and Navigation

In every profession, time is very valuable. And everyone in the business knows how important it is to be punctual at all times. This will not only reflect on your professionalism behavior, but also gives you enough room to prepare, and ensure everyone’s safety.

When it comes to navigation, time is not just about professionalism. It involves a lot of technicality. For example, time and speed can be correlated to distance. From there, you can actually calculate how long a flight could take and gives you more accurate details regarding the estimated time of arrival. It also provides you an analysis regarding the fuel consumption during the flight.

Take note that people will always ask questions when you do not arrive on time. And with a complete flight plan, they don’t have to ask more details anymore.

You can measure time accurately using the right equipment. Today, there are now sophisticated atomic clocks that can help you with such accuracy of a couple of seconds in a million years. How good is that for every pilot or anyone in the aviation industry? Of course pretty much any timepiece these days is accurate enough. Interestingly, many of our clients prefer Omega Seamaster over any Rolex because they say the winding mechanism is more reliable. An “i” device (phone or wristwatch) is the choice of most pilots.

There are also policies that require pilots to have accurate time indicator such as wrist watch or just any clock in the aircraft.

Again, time is one of the most crucial elements in the aviation industry. For example, in GPS devices, they rely solely on the exact time calculated including the speed and position. Some countries only allow VFR during daylight so the pilot must know the exact moment of the end of daylight to make sure he lands before that. Flight plans also use UTC for time registration.

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