13. Solo Flight

Directions: Trip planning is an important skill. But it is also important to have an understanding of basic geographical features in the area in which you will fly. Fly an F-18 from Fairchild AFB to Fairchild Internation Airport in Port Angeles, WA using terrain navigation. Identify major geographical landmarks along the way.

  1. Locate a Washington state geographical features map.
  2. Identify the following key locations on the map:
  3. Set up a scenerio where your F-18 starts at Fairchild AFB and takes off heading west.
  4. Become familiar with HUD (heads up display) at the bottom of this page.
  5. Fly at a heading of 270 degrees and identify three major Washington state landforms. The Columbia River, The Cascade Mountains, and Mt. Rainier. Once you locate Mt. Rainier, adjust your heading so that you head towards Seattle and the Puget Sound, and then finally down the Straits of Juan de Fuca.
  6. Land at Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles.
  7. Create a journal entry that includes the date, the flight plan, and what you learned flying the scenerio. Inlcude what plane you flew, how long it took you to complete the flight, and what you saw and learned from the flight. Explain why it is imortant to a pilot to understand geography.
  8. Test Question 01: Identify five major geographical landforms in this flight scenerio. An example would be a Moses Lake.
  9. Test Question 02: Identify five additional major Washington geographical locations that would be important to a pilot.
  10. Vocabulary: Define and identify the key geographical features.