Perhaps you can tack a bit north or jog a bit east--some option where you can always have an airport within gliding range
, or nearly so.
But on this route, it's 68 NM from shore to shore, so assuming a (conservative) groundspeed of 130 knots, you're looking at maybe a half hour over open water, with over 10 minutes out of gliding range
. This should give you pause.
If gliding range
, you see a magenta line that gives the route to fly to the end of a runway.
Crossing from Muskegon directly toward OSH at that altitude or higher means only a few-minute-long stretch when I'd be out of gliding range
from land if something happened.
If you have a plan, you can make the right move quickly and not waste gliding range while fret ting over what to do.
Don't forget that the wind can have a significant effect on your gliding range in certain directions.
If you don't have a GPS, and haven't been tracking your position so where you know where the nearest airport might be, or if that airport is beyond your available gliding range
, you'll need to locate a field, parking lot, golf course or other open area to use as an emergency landing spot.
* Learn to visualize your "glide horizon", and become familiar with gliding range
for the aircraft you fly.