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Flight Planning and Navigation
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Statistics maintained by the United States Federal Aviation Administration indicate that for many years 'inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning' has been the leading causal factor in recreational flying accidents.

This tutorial is intended to give a summarised, overall view of adequate and safe flight planning and navigation techniques that are applicable to recreational aircraft operations under the visual flight rules, in visual meteorological conditions and within the current Australian regulations for flight operations outside controlled airspace.


(No RA-Aus Pilot Certificate holder can act as pilot-in-command of a RA-Aus registered aircraft, at a distance greater than 25 nautical miles from the point of take-off, unless a cross country certificate endorsement has been issued.)


    1. Australian airspace regulations
    2. Charts and compass

    3. Route planning

    4. The effect of wind

    5. Flight plan completion

    6. Pre-flight safety and legality check

    7. Airmanship, flight discipline & human factors training
    8. En route adjustments
    9. Supplementary navigation techniques
    10. En route navigation using the GNSS

    11. Using the ADF
    12. Electronic flight planning and the electronic flight bag

    13. ADS-B surveillance technology

    Supplementary documents

    Further online reading in Flight Safety Australia

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