Dead Reckoning

I am currently at the university of Kentucky studying chemical engineering. It’s a lot of intense critical thinking, and studying for finals is no easy task. Many have gone crazy in the attempt, so I decided to take a break and go on a cross country flight… Without a GPS. Shocking I know. Most pilots nowadays don’t go anywhere without a GPS, either because they love the technology or they just really depend on it. My girlfriend is a pilot working on her instrument rating so when I dropped her off at the airport for a lesson, I hopped in the Stinson and took it for a trip with nothing but a sectional.

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Sectional in lap. I’m ready to start my journey

I took off from Richmond/Madison co. Airport (I39) and began heading south southeast keeping I75 on my left. My end goal was to fly to the lake Cumberland airport (SME), a short 30 minute flight from Richmond.

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Following a winding road through the mountains of eastern Kentucky
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The outskirts of somerset Kentucky. Almost there

I finally arrived at lake Cumberland. The linemen were very nice and came out to park me even though there was only one other plane on the ramp.

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Lil baby Stinson made a friend.

Parked next to a modern and sleek glasair, my little Stinson looked like a flying brick, but it was still a pretty sight.

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A view of the front of the terminal at lake Cumberland. Very large waiting area inside where it was one time, and maybe still is a place that has many charter operations.

After a brief 10 minute stay to look around, I was back in the airplane heading to Richmond. Finally flying away from the setting sun.

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Same road flying away from the sun
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The sun on my instrument panel. I just thought it looked cool.
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Back in richmond, home of the EKU flight school.

Overall it was an awesome experience to just fly without worrying about following a straight pink line on a GPS. I have 50 hours to go before I can get my commercial license and flying with a GPS is just not fun after a while.

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