ADSB, Flight Aware and Hand Flying

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by Justin M, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Justin M

    Justin M Pre-takeoff checklist

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    So now that our fleet of modern (1970s) aircraft have ADSB, flight aware is tracking my flights and I can review them.

    I'm embarrassed about the variations in heading and altitude.

    While I'm looking at the map to find an airport and the ATIS so I can get a weather report and oops, I'm off heading.

    Yesterday wasn't exactly CAVU so I had to dodge clouds, adjust for gusty winds and self-imposed distractions.

    All of that is obvious in flight aware.

    Variations in altitude, velocity and heading shows in that my tracks are not smooth. I guess if I had an auto pilot, but alas. I hope this is just an anomaly.
     
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  2. smv

    smv Line Up and Wait

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    Meh...

    Enjoy the flight and leave staying on the tracks to the train engineers.

    ;)
     
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  3. NealRomeoGolf

    NealRomeoGolf Pattern Altitude

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    Sometimes I wonder if ATC thinks I’m drunk. ;)
     
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    James331 Ejection Handle Pulled

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    Welcome to the downfall of GA
     
  5. frfly172

    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Go fly, enjoy yourself ,don’t worry about the track unless your in controlled airspace.
     
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    TCABM Cleared for Takeoff

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    Use cloudahoy instead.
     
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    Stan Cooper Cleared for Takeoff

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    KWJF to KSTS 12NOV2019.jpg It's painfully obvious looking at FlightAware tracks and track logs who's hand flying and who's using George. Don't be too hard on yourself.

    This was a flight from Lancaster, CA to Santa Rosa, CA hand flying my LSA. Some deviations around active MOAs and altitude changes to get lighter headwinds and avoid SFO Class B.
     
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  8. Jim K

    Jim K Pre-takeoff checklist

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    It's a good incentive to work on being more precise. I was aghast when I saw the track of my first solo xc. I was pretty proud of myself on the last couple I hand flew.
     
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  9. eman1200

    eman1200 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    even worse, when u file IFR you get a line indicating your filed altitude and speed so you can REALLY see how far off you are:

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    N1120A Cleared for Takeoff

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    It isn't a perfect science and isn't accounting for drafts and turbulence either.

    Don't sweat it. Just fly your plane.
     
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