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