HI guys im looking for some general guide lines or procedures on how to choose a good set -heading point out of unfamiliar airports[controlled,uncontrolled.single,multirunway etc] when planing a VFR trip.
When drawing the track lines on the chart[VFR] the point where the line starts [set-heading point]] is an easily identifiable landmark close to the dep airport that can be 'eye ball' by the pilot and use to set heading,alt,power,reset giro,time etc
When drawing the track lines on the chart[VFR] the point where the line starts [set-heading point or check pt #1] is an easily identifiable landmark close to the dep airport that can be 'eye ball' by the pilot and use to set heading,alt,power,reset giro,time etc
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Well if that's the case just look for popular and easy visual reference points to be seen from the air.
Also you don't want to have them spaced out too far from one another as well.
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good answer, just to add on, pick anything you can see from the air and aligned with your route, 15 to 25 miles is good distance to make sure your still on course, (and dont use rr tracks they're pretty hard to see a few thousand feet up) when you draw your line draw it from the airport, when you reach 500 agl turn on course and it will work out just fine.
Lot's of little tricks to learn, too. They can depend on where you are, though. For example, here in the cold, cold, North, lakes are a great landmark in the summer, and just horrible in the winter. When they're frozen and covered with snow they look just like the farm fields all around.
I know exactly what you are talking about. A set heading point is something that we use for VFR navigation, but most commercial pilots have never heard of them or forget what they were. I'm in commercial training right now and have been told once you're done the flight test its something you will rarely use. Basically the idea is a point that is easy to identify and navigate to visually, so that when you're at the point you are at altitude. One of the reasons I've been told this is good is when you determine your headings the winds can be different at different altitudes as you climb and I've seen it happen even in my 172
. Once you reach the point you turn to your precalculated heading, take your time, talk, ect. I'd say the best idea is chosing something that is really going to stand out, usually about 10 miles from the airport. Personally I found that it was a good way to be introduced into navigation, but that it can be difficult sometimes. Usually a town, major intersection, or lake work the best. Just be careful about things like season, some lakes are hard to see when frozen over, or at night its has to be something thats lit. Hope this helps happy navigating