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On United state a VFR cross country flight, after arriving you discover that the magnetic compass has leaked all of the fluid and is inoperative.

The weather at airport shows a fast moving cold front has just passed the night before. The winds aloft at 3000 feet and up were forecast to be very strong an the surface winds were forecast to be calm. The briefer also said that the pressure was falling rapidly. The ATIS/AWOS stated the winds as 270 at 15 kt. When you arrived at the airport, the wind sock showed the wind from the east at the arrival end of the runway you were planning to use.

What can you do?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Aviation.SE! Are you asking if it is legal to takeoff and continue your cross country flights? If so, please add a country/regulation tag (e.g. [faa-regulations]) since legality might differ. $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Sep 18 at 12:34
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    $\begingroup$ I vote to close as this question is disjointed and lacks clarity. $\endgroup$ Sep 18 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ The title question is clear enough, but the scenario based narrative in the body is a bit distracting. (the windsock is as irrelevant to the question as the milkshake is to the answer!) It boils down to required equipment for VFR/IFR flight, and nothing more. Which wouldn't be a bad question in itself, but easily searchable info... $\endgroup$ Sep 18 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ Just as a practical matter, how often do you consult the magnetic compass when flying VFR? I'm almost always flying by reference to terrain. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Sep 18 at 17:33
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall: It's a great teaching technique. Now if one finds a broken compass, they'll think of milkshake, and remember that it's required! ;) $\endgroup$
    – ymb1
    Sep 20 at 17:59
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If you're in the United States and your airplane has a standard airworthiness certificate, you can go to the airport restaurant and order a milkshake while you wait for your magnetic compass to be fixed, since it's required equipment under 14 CFR 91.205:

(b) Visual-flight rules (day). For VFR flight during the day, the following instruments and equipment are required: [...]

  1. Magnetic direction indicator.
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    $\begingroup$ You may want to check the ATIS before deciding on a milkshake or hot chocolate. $\endgroup$
    – Sanchises
    Sep 18 at 7:08
  • $\begingroup$ ...It's a trap! $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Sep 18 at 12:46
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    $\begingroup$ Is the pilot vaccinated 🤔 $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Sep 18 at 21:46

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