Design Brief: Flight Planning
General aviation flying is an alternative to driving on the interstates and highways for personal transportation. Before you can get in a plane and fly to your destination, you will need to determine a detailed flight plan in order to keep you safe.
You and a friend would like to fly to a football game. Plan a flight from your local airport to Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport (KBCB). You will be using dead reckoning navigation.
Upon completion of this design brief, students will be able to determine the following:
- Total distance
- Waypoints every 15 nautical miles
- True heading
- Magnetic heading
- Wind correction angle based on current weather conditions
- Total flight time
- Total fuel burn
- VFR Sectional Chart
- Navigation plotter
- Flight computer
- Internet access for obtaining weather information
- Aviation Weather Center. http://www.aviationweather.gov/
- Federal Aviation Administration. Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/phak/
When students have completed their flight plans, discuss the following questions:
- How did you determine the total distance?
- Did you mark your route with waypoints minimally spaced 15 nautical miles apart?
- How did you calculate true and magnetic headings?
- How did you determine the wind correction angle?
- Did you determine how long the trip would take and how much fuel you would use? How did you do so?
Christopher Balthis, Wise County Public Schools, Powell Valley Middle School