I am the worst at picking visual checkpoints. Every time I did my cross country flights I ended up relying on the GPS or ForeFlight.
Where is it? I wrote on my flight plan ‘where those two roads intersect.’
In preparing for a stage check I did some research on what makes for a good visual checkpoint, and thought I’d share some of the pointers I found.
I’m going to try and point you guys to a free ground lesson every week, and it seems like the AOPA Air Safety Institute will be the source of most of these. If you don’t have your AOPA membership yet, just get it now. The Flight Training magazine alone is worth it.
Also, I may comment on some of these classes, please keep in mind that I am not a CFI, so don’t listen to me at all, ever. If I publish something wrong, please contact me or comment on the post and I will fix it right away.
Now that we got the disclaimer out of the way, let’s get on to the free lesson.
I couldn’t think of a better way to start off a blog about being frugal than with something that’s free. Specifically a free ground lesson that included off airport emergency landings!
On Wednesday that is exactly what went down (<–bad pun.) AOPA hosted one of their Safety Seminars in my area, and it was free. Now, I’m pretty sure that this won’t count toward any required ground time for any certifications, ratings, or endorsements, but anything you learn at one of these events, you won’t have to go over with a CFI. That could lead to some real savings.