Finding my way accross country? Fly IFR- 'I follow roads"
On cross country type flights in light aircraft....we basically use whatever the airplane is equipped with. If it only has VOR's, then we go VOR to VOR, using airways when practical. If the airplane has GPS, LORAN or some other form of RNAV, then we can go direct to the destination if so desired/cleared.
Speaking of FMS's, some of the new stuff that Garmin has put out- the GNS 430 and 530 Nav/Comm/GPS- are amazingly capable. They can do most of the things a modern FMS can do, with a sweet display. Just... it's not an FMS, hah.
The other day, on going back from Amarillo, TX
to the next fuel stop in Monroe, LA
, we got cleared direct to destination 400 miles out. Plugged "MLU" into the GPS and off we went. Too bad I got stuck with a headwind going both ways accross the country when trying to get the airplane back for an AD
that was due, haha.
And yes.. I do use a map and know exactly where I am on it no matter what kind of equipment I have on the plane.
Chicks dig winglets.