What Chuck is demonstrating here so beautifully is, that it might pay off to show up early for your flight, and even more so, prepared. While this might not happen in a Cessna 172 in exactly an hour (not sure how much gas Chuck had in there to begin with though, you never know) it could happen to you in the Skycranes I used to fly. Those legacy engines sucked as much gas on the ground as they did in the air. Better have a plan of action in those before you push the start button.
Modern technology, although very convenient when it works properly, can also let you down when not maintained and updated. And by using all this new stuff, we extended ourselves slightly past the FAA basic VFR minimums (Pilots, remember “GOOSE A CAT”?) we need to go for a flight.
There is your Foreflight or other nav app to update. There is the iPad or tablet your navigation app is on to update, and possibly even more important, to charge as well. And don’t forget the panel mounted GPS and all of its updates.
The list is long.
But I still prefer it over the old system of receiving IFR plates or airport guide pages in the mail, and having to go through them page by page to remove and replace the expired ones. That could take up a whole afternoon.
But these things I am mostly prepared for. At least more than Chuck is. My pet peeve is always the updates they spring on you out of nowhere and only when you are in a hurry. Every time I want to just send out 2 CW books to customers in the morning before I need to catch my flight, the Windows computer needs an update, the virus scanner decides to do an additional scan that slows everything down, the scale on the postal-shipping system needs to be restarted and the printer suddenly lost its connection with the PC. Not sure how that always works out. 😉