Class I Navigation
This method of navigation includes navigation to reference by visible landmarks, also known as Pilotage. It introduces the need for plotting the course on an aeronautical chart. An aeronautical chart is the roadmap for a pilot flying under the VFR. The chart provides information which allows pilot to track their position, and provides available information which enhances safety. The three aeronautical charts used by VFR pilots are the sectional chart, VFR terminal area chart, and the world aeronautical chart. The charts provide an abundance of information including airport data navigational aids, airspace and topography.
Pilotage is a method of navigation that can be used on any course that has adequate checkpoints, but is more commonly used in combination with dead reckoning and VFR radio navigation. The checkpoint selected should be prominent features to the area of the flight. Checkpoints that can be readily indentified by other features such as rivers, roads, railroad track, lakes, and power lines. If possible, boundaries or brackets on each side of the course should be elected such as, highways river, railroads, and mountains. A pilot can keep from drifting too far off course by referring to and not selecting the selected brackets.