It’s been awhile since I’ve gone flying. So a few weeks ago I decided to take Sara up to Collingwood.

The weather was perfect, clear skies and not too hot. My flight plan had me heading to Collingwood via the Mans VOR (YMS). I was going to use VOR tracking only to get to/from Collingwood.


My VOR tracking was a little rusty on the way there. Mainly because I didn’t calculate any wind correction in my headings so I kept on “chasing the needle” every time I noticed it drifting away.

My landing was a little rough too… what can I say? It’s been 3 months since I flew the last time.

Sara and I had some lunch and lazed around the airport.


Sara and Blake


Collingwood Airport

The ride on the way back was a little more bumpy and Sara’s stomach didn’t appreciate it. My VOR tracking, on the other hand, was much better. As you can see by the red line:


On my way back (ignore the start/end icons, they’re wrong)

I turned too late after I passed over the VOR (on my way to Buttonville) because I was too busy trying to call up London Radio. I tried both 126.7 and and 123.15 to no avail. I wanted to file a priep (only ever done that once) but couldn’t. Aww well.

I’ve been busy with World Flight Planner so I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’d like. Work as well has been extremely busy with the upcoming G20 summit in Toronto and the FIFA World Cup. I do tweet regularly, so feel free to follow blakecrosby on Twitter!

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3 thoughts on “Chasing the Needle

  1. The photos of your flight plan, is that from your software that you’ve referenced on your site? I’m runnign a blog about getting back into flying after an extended absence and I’d love to be able to include photos like these showing the flight plans etc. for people to follow.

  2. Yeah. The photo of the flight plan is from .
    Currently it does not support uploading of GPS tracks (yet), but it is slated to be in a future release.

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