Planning effectively is crucial to a successful flight. Not only will it ensure that you know what you have to do, but it will increase your overall confidence, reduce any worries that you might have, and therefore allow you to fully concentrate on the execution of the flight.

The following sections each deal with an important area, but do not constitute everything – there is always more that you can do. Remember what Neil Armstrong once said, “Always expect the unexpected.”

An excellent reference, and a great place to start is CAP 694 – “The UK Flight Planning Guide”. You need to follow the link, click the Adobe icon to download an up-to-date version and read it!