Prior to advances in avionic technology, pilots had to fly solely by visual references using techniques that combine pilotage and dead reckoning. As a part of the initial phase of pilot training, students are required to learn these skills and recreational pilots choose to fly using this technique because of it's simplicity and accuracy. This instructable will detail the steps needed to plot a course from one airport to another and calculate the time it takes to fly the route.
To efficiently plan a VFR flight, you will need a few materials. You will need:
1) A VFR sectional chart that includes the airport you will be departing from, and one with the destination airport. For short flights, these are typically on the same chart. (Figure 1).
2) A flight plotter (Figure 3)
3) An electric flight computer OR an E6B flight computer (Figure 2). I will be explaining how to use an E6B Flight computer for this instructable
4) A VFR flight plan sheet (Figure 4)
5) A pencil with an eraser.
6) A phone or computer to get the weather.
The sectional chart, plotter and flight computer can all be purchased at most flight schools or online. You can find the VFR flight plan sheet easily through a google search.