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How to Make a Flight Plan

Learn how to make a flight plan from pilot Josh Kallenberg on Howcast.


Hi, my name is Josh Kallenberg and I'm here at the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California. I've been flying professionally for about 13 years, and now I have the pleasure of flying this Gulfstream G450 which is a lot of fun and exciting. And today I'm going to talk to you about becoming a pilot.

So you might wonder, how do you get from one point to the other, and how are we gonna plan a flight? So looking at airports: we wanna look at the length of the runways, is it gonna be long enough to take off out of? To land in? And that brings me to weather, what's the weather there, is it snowing? Cause if you get snow or ice on the runway that's gonna be a factor in our performance, whether we can get in there.

Other things you might look at in addition to weather are perhaps airspace limitations, what they call temporary flight restrictions. The president is in the local area of your departure or destination; they sometimes shut down the airspace. So flight planning, you can do it online, I can also do it over the phone with the service that we use and they will try to find the most optimized route based on fuel, speed and a few other factors. Once you have your routing down you again look at your fuel, make sure you can get to your destination nonstop and have plenty of fuel reserve.

One of the reasons to file a flight plan, while it's not always required, it's recommended. If there is a problem allows search and rescue to come and find you and know where to look. It's really important and you'll be thankful that you took the little time it takes to file a flight plan.

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