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Long NAV

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CameronD created the topic: Long NAV

So I passed by PPL Theory some months back (after 3 months of study!), but because I work full-time (have to pay for this here hobby somehow!) and live in Melbourne (where the weather is cr** most every day I have spare) I have yet to do my long NAV. FWIW, my short NAV to YLTV was some time in the dim, distant past, long, long ago... ie. the end of last year.

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas or advice about how to best prep for a long solo NAV that may or may not happen without getting overly wound up about it.

1. Perhaps I should stop reading the ATSB Incident Reports (aka Horror Stories) relating to student pilots on Long Solo NAVs? eg.
www.atsb.gov.au/publications/occurrence-...viation/ab-2019-010/
www.atsb.gov.au/publications/occurrence-...viation/ab-2018-067/
www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigati...15/aair/ao-2015-105/

2. My bookings are for an 8:00am start (to miss the traffic.. both landside and airside!), but the GAFs and GPWT charts aren't valid the night before. Maybe I should be getting up an hour earlier to complete my planning?

3. Recognising that adequate sleep the night before is really important, maybe I shouldn't be getting up an hour earlier to complete my planning?

4. I do find it hard to brain-swap between an office job and the cockpit. Maybe I'm not flying enough? (I still have to work)

How does everyone else manage a day job and flying? My instructor (and the school) keep telling me I'll be fine and not to stress about it, but as a low (~80) hours student, I feel like I need about 1,000 hours before I'll actually be any good at this.

Thanks,
Cameron
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Stuart Tait replied the topic: Long NAV

Just go for it you will be fine if your instructor believes in you then stop worrying the first step is the big one in self belief

you'll be fine and might surprise yourself

it feels so good when you complete your first nav

Cheers
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