Completing a VFR Navigation Log

As a student pilot prepares for their first cross country, they will often be asked to manually complete a navigation log.  Here, it is divided into 9 steps, and the video series explains how to complete each one.  If you need help with only a portion of the nav log, click the link beside each step (below) to jump to that section.

To complete a nav log, you will need:

  • Sectional Chart
  • Plotter
  • E6B
  • Navigation Log Form
  • Cruise Performance page from POH
  • Winds Aloft Forecast
  • Compass Deviation Card from Airplane

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A nav log is not completed left to right.  Try the following order so you will always have the information available to complete the next step.

1) Determine the Route and Checkpoints: [Video]

2) Measure True Course and Distance with Plotter: [Video]

3) Select an altitude and determine winds aloft: [Video]

4) Look up True Airspeed in POH: [Video]

5) Calculate Wind Correction Angle and Groundspeed using E6B: [Video]  … for more help using your E6B for wind computations, watch this video.

6) Look up Magnetic Variation (on chart), and Magnetic Deviation (on compass card), calculate Compass Heading: [Video]

7) Calculate ETE (Estimated Time Enroute) using E6B: [Video] … for more help using your E6B for ETE computations, watch this video.
** Add in 6 minutes to allow for getting turned on course after takeoff **

8) Calculate Fuel Usage using E6B: [Video] … for more help using your E6B for fuel computations, watch this video.
** Add in 1 gallon to allow for extra fuel used in taxi, and runup **

9) Total the Distance, Minutes, and Fuel: [Video]

 

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