I Just Did the Unthinkable...

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by TRocket, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. TRocket

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    Yes, it's true, I did it (and it wasn't the first time)...yet I am not ashamed.

    I just flew a 205 NM trip in a 172...without the magenta line....yep...no ipad, no iPhone, no i-anything. I used a paper chart and a single VOR receiver. And without the magenta line or little blue airplane on an i-device (or android, this is an inclusive environment) I was also able to determine my position at various points during the flight. I determined my approximate distance to various checkpoints using this thing on my wrist called a watch. After all of this, I reached my destination safely. And best of all, it was pretty easy. So yes, for those of you out there that have been wondering, it is still possible to navigate without any form of GPS. I know @eman1200 will condemn this behavior as he has a very strict 5 iPad minimum for flight. I hope he will still be my friend after this.

    P.S. I also got my briefing and filed my flight plan.....on the phone! Shhh... don't tell!
     
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    You’ve got ballz of steel my friend! :eek:
     
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  3. eman1200

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    Was it a landline phone with a cord or a ‘smart phone’ ?

    Either way I’m proud of ya dude.
     
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    Yeah but you filed. That ruined it. A real pilot would just use flight following and not bother filing. Nice try.
     
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    Wow! Did you file a NASA ASRS afterwards?
     
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    From what I understand the FAA typically frowns upon flying through IMC conditions while not on an IFR flight plan
     
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    You mean people still do that? That's about as bad as NORDO, the horror! Glad you made it.
     
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    That is encouraging.

    I'll keep it in mind during my upcoming 1800 mile flight with nothing but a single comm radio...

    I ain't skeerd...
     
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    IMC on spinning gyros, some powered by a vacuum pump? Talk about a death wish! :yikes:
     
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    Well now that’s just crazy man! Paper only without a GPS and IFR??? Rollin’ the dice.
     
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    Yer the last one to ever do that.
     
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    VOR ?? Pffft
     
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    Arriving at your destination without a magenta line?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Damn. That’s old school. You really are Uncle Jesse.
     
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    Nah man, cowboy flying involves following highways and turns around a point to read the water tower. Following other planes hoping they know where the runway is.
     
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    When I read it, I assumed you were VFR. Which is no big accomplishment. I love pilotage and fly that way frequently. IFR, another story, I'm impressed.
     
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    You da man!
    I did an IFR* flight of 1.4 hrs in the Cub yesterday. That's as far as it will (safely) go without refueling.



    *I followed roads.
     
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    Reported!
     
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    It's funny, for those of us who learned IFR flying in a paper environment a couple of decades ago, to have this now rise to braggadocio.
     
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    VOR? Cheater.
     
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    Did you audibly identify the VOR?

    If not, no points
     
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    Can I take a life insurance policy out on you? Your time is limited...
     
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    When you tell someone you flew IFR with a single NDB and only available in the rear seat (Radar Approach available required at departure and destination) and probably the stupidest thing ever...but it was the Army and the AH-64A was sold to Congress as an IFR capable all weather day/night aircraft...some one got smart and changed the -10 a few years later...Well done on your flight and although GPS has made us safer a little time distance and heading is a lost art...
     
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    And you posted about it publicly? Reporting to the FSDO for careless and wreckless.

    Kidding of course. Nicely done.
     
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    But wreckless is a good thing. :D
     
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    Yeah but you used an auto pilot...
     
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    Absolutely, even listened to the HIWAS

    Negative on the auto pilot...does not have one
     
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    You flew by hand to? Oh my!!!!
     
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    When I did my qualifying cross country many years ago, it was without radio or any electronics, just a sectional, compass and watch! How time change, don't know how I would do now if I had to do it again. Well, I would be in trouble as my intermediate landing was at Luton, then a grass field and now he third London airport!!
     
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    If you didn’t fly through a barn or under a bridge, I’m not seeing the reason for this post....
     
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    when u said u did the unthinkable I thought maybe u slept with martha king.
     
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    The worst of that would be the fake laugh at inappropriate times.
     
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    She is the female version of that guy who painted on PBS Sunday mornings back in the day...!
     
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    Good going ! Next trip, go nordo and just use your compass !
     
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    Would like to see you fly under a bridge within the next week, on video please. :)
     
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    Almost vomited!
     
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    Does it have to be in a plane?