With VFR not being my forte, it was a fun test of my abilities. With the exception of making numerous circles over the east side of Brookville, I thought I did rather well. The first half I dead-reckoned from take off. Just fly heading of 270*, right? With the winds not in my favor, I tried to keep my heading until I came across one of the landmarks I planned on hitting (Lecontes Mills smoke stacks), from there I followed the highway to my destination. Or so I thought. I circled over what I thought was Clarion but what was in fact Brookville, looking for my little strip of grass. After a short while, I had a feeling I was not in the right place and flew up to 3750' to get a better view and my bearings. Judging from the road and power line placements, I figured I wasn't far enough west. After following the power lines for a bit, I just happened to look down to my left and saw a sliver of brown appear from under my wing and figured that had to be it. In addition to VFR being a soft spot with me, landing a tail dragging plane is another of mine. I got it down with only one hop. And I kept it on the runway! (Well, it's a big deal to me).
Tools I used:
- FSCommander for reference only (not connected; for vectors from other airports and use of a ruler)
- SkyVector.com for VFR sectionals.
Rules I placed upon myself:
- Only 2-d and 3-d cockpit views; no external views (if the pilot cannot leave the plane, why should I).
- No GPS (Removed from the panel config),
- No using the "contact Nearby Airports" in the comm window (possible triangulation by comparing nearest airports)
- No flight plan or IFR assistance from ATC. Only flight following is permitted.
::: upon further review.. I landed at the wrong airport.