|Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||I-ratings|
A. Basic GPS and autopilot flying
Although I'll hand-fly the plane as much as possible, it's safe to know how to use the GPS and the autopilot in cases when I really need them.
First time tinkering with the GNS530. What an amazing navigational aid. I'll always remain a /A kinda guy though ;-)
First long-haul flight with the GNS and autopilot, partly IMC with moderate crosswinds. Lesson: Don't get lazy. :p
B. VOR and NDB radial flying
Flying departures and arrivals requires excellent radial flying. Although I'm already familiar with flying VOR radials, flying VOR radials on a back course and flying NDB radials are new.
Practiced with NDB "radial" flying. Needed some attempts, but I got the idea quite quickly. Next up: crosswind radial flying.
Radial flying with a significant crosswind in cruise was challenging, but very educational :-) Took some time getting-used-to. I love this old school kinda of navigation.
C. DME arcs
Some procedures require pilots to fly a DME arc to safely enter the airport area. I like to practice flying arcs by hand, in isolation, first.
Very educational flight. Learned about DME arcs, also VOR localizer back tracking and tried my first ILS approach into BFL!
D. Obstacle Departure Procedures
My first try at flying complete departure procedures. I start with omnidirectional obstacles departures and learn about obstacle departures, next.
E. Standard Departure Procedures
RNAV departures, conventional VOR-based departures, pilot-nav departures, vectored departures, and hybrid versions of these sorts. Bring it on.
F. Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
I finish stage 2 with learning to fly STARs: RNAV and conventional ones.