This article originally appeared in IFR magazine, Mar. 2006.In spite of the avalanche of stern e-mail that's sure to come, let me start with my core position: Flight planning is dead. I can hear it already, "Boy, didn't they teach you that you should 'plan your flight, and fly your plan?' " They sure did. But there is flight planning and then there is flight planning -- minutia versus common sense.
And it may not have that much to do with batteries. More