Today was my first flight out of the NJ area to do a cross country to KABE. I didn’t prep enough – or should I say I focused on the wrong things. I woke up in the AM and spent 90 mins filling out a NavLog to great accuracy. I started with the identification of Lake Parsippany as my course interception point and then began to plot a 284 heading to KABE.
Getting to the airport I had a few things. 1 – I was a few mins late to my lesson due to traffic 2 – I was assigned to 38F which I had not flown before. We departed 28 and as soon as the frequency change came through I got too bogged down in trying to calibrate my heading from the NavLog to where I was going. As a result I wasn’t focused on the outside and proceeded to get a wee bit lost. I also was overwhelmed by the radio work.
We managed to get into KABE. I called Approach 20 miles to the west and started to follow directions in. We did a fullstop landing and they directed us back to to 24 for the departure. During this time I had to switch navlogs and get ready for the flight back. The return back was a bit of a mess as I was not prepared for a set course given by KABE tower which through my bearings off. I also did not plot properly for the way back.
All in all a frustrating flight/day. I am going to go home, review, and hopefully try this again to better success. Ugh.