In preparation for some AH2XP action, I have been taking my AirFoilLabs Cessna C172S up for some familiarization flights around the OrbX Washington scenery area. That led me down a path of doing some rudimentary VFR flight planning, anticipating flying at least some of the AH2XP routes in IFR (or near IFR) conditions.
I also stumbled across this site (the Uncertified Pilot), which I thought was apt given that it somewhat describes me, that had me thinking of how I am planning my uneducated VFR flights.
For example, here is a route that I was planning from Arlington Municipal (KAWO) to William R Fairchild (KCLM). I usually look for VOR stations to help navigation (and try to stay away from my general tendency to use GPS as a navigation crutch).
I am looking, somewhat specifically at asking what a real pilot would do when poltting a VFR course. There is, of course, the get-in-a-plane-and-fly-eyes-out via visual landmarks and such … but I am noticing for the first time, the Victor (VFR) airways and wondering how much I should be trying to stick to those.
For example, should I be heading down to the PAE VOR and along V287 to LOFAL, along V495 to JAWBN and along VR (using the TOU VOR off to the West)?
Or is my original plan sound and correct?
Obviously, I don’t expect anyone to formally teach me but I would like some hints