I mood swing quite rapidly between thinking “it’s just flying in a straight line, WMAP you can certainly do that. Nothing to it.” To “OMG there is so much to think about that I’m bound to miss something, I hope it isn’t anything too critical. Ah hell I’m gonna mess up BIG time, aren’t I?”I thought I had a reasonable handle on this. Bob and I spent an hour or so doing some ground briefing a week or so ago. At his request I had the basic route plotted on my chart and had started thinking about the actual route. Then we would attempt to attack the flight planning sheet together.
I went in with a reasonable degree of optimism. RTH has forced me to do some flight planning for him so I am at least familiar with the sheet-of-my-doom. Bob was already happy that I’d made a sensible choice about our routing. On the first leg I’d chosen a set heading point that was a little further out than you would usually pick but it seemed sensible to me for a number of reasons including: 1) it is outside the controlled airspace around CYTZ 2) it gives you a route on the first leg that means you skim the edge of a largish lake rather than flying over the middle of it and 3) it is a way point that I use on my way to the practice area so I’m almost 100% certain I will be able to ID it just fine.
I managed most of the planning OK, struggled to remember some formulas, recalled other information when needed. Despite having to use my E6b, Bob and I are still on speaking terms; I didn’t feel the urge to launch the damn thing into the air or anything!
So for our next planned flight Bob texted me to confirm we had a booking for Saturday first thing. After a brief back and forward whereby I asked him to clarify “first thing” as I had regularly been in the office for 5:30am the previous week. The conversation (from my point of view) started off great and slowly declined.Bob: Let’s meet earlier to review some light planning
WMAP: OK, great!Bob: try to include landing and take-off distances
WMAP: Sure.Bob: Weight and balance too
WMAP: rightBob: for takeoff and landing
WMAP <please stop texting me with things to do>This stuff is never ending, surely the planning shouldn’t take longer than the flight?