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How is a pilot supposed to find out their distance in miles from an airport they're landing at?

Title says it all. For example, Miami Tower, Cessna N7274H is x miles north, inbound to land runway 7. How do you know how many miles away you are? Thank you!

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Using the old (pre GPS) method you would use the sectional and plotter (aviation ruler) and measure the distance.

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Using the old (pre GPS) method you would use the sectional and plotter (aviation ruler) and measure the distance. Using a GPS you can usually turn on distance rings on the screen or if you have the airport selected as destination you can read it right off the screen. If it's your home base you should learn the landmarks and their distances from the airport. In the Miami area, there are so many airports and landmarks, if you're flying there, during your preflight preps you should measure out distances to some landmarks that you plan to pass over and mark them on the chart or flight log.

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