While I was staying at the flight school I ask myself, how to orientate in the air. When flying along the airfield's traffic pattern or flying in the near of my home base, navigation with a compass or visual positioning does not run into problems. But I wonder, what will happen to any student pilot when absolving cross-country flights. Certainly, there are aeronautical charts and aeronautical information publication (AIP) to orientate oneself in an aircraft. And, contrariwise to the old-school "paper and chart method", there are GPS and air navigation systems, today. In this context the intrinsic question is posed, what charts the famous pioneers and engineers of general aviation, especially the first pilots in history, did use for navigation? The search for historical aeronautical charts and for literature becomes more interesting for me. So I became something like an aviation historian.
My web site about aviation history and aeronautics:
Digital library: http://www.luftfahrt-bibliothek.de
My web site about the first International Aerospace Exhibition in 1909:
ILA Frankfurt/Main: http://www.ila-frankfurt.de (under construction)
My newsletter about flying in the Rhine-Main-Area, Germany:
My litte bibliography about aviation and aeronatical charts