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Knowing basic directional concepts well makes everything easier in the cockpit and for flight planning.
Cardinal directions and the corresponding numerical degrees, called the heading, on the compass are foundational to flying. Directions and degrees are two ways of talking about the same thing. So if you know both ways - the name and the number - you’ll be fluent when it comes time to apply those concepts in the air or elsewhere.
Some things never change. On the compass,
EXERCISE: PLOT A COURSE
GET A MAP, A PENCIL, AND A RULER
PLOT YOUR RETURN COURSE
What other directions and bearings can you plot?
Wet "Whiskey" Compass