With a head full of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Flying magazine's Aftermath column, and my primary instructor's voice telling me to keep calm, I formulated a plan based on what I remembered: aviate, navigate, communicate. OK, details, details: get wings level (check), establish a safe altitude (check), choose a cardinal heading and follow it (check), get control of the situation and then figure out what's next (done, check). Now what? Check fuel: full (remember, the airline-experienced flight school owner made me top off). Good, I have time. Next? Use the Garmin Aera 500 GPS to find somewhere to fly. But I had never used it before because the instructors wanted me to learn to fly with outside reference instead of electronic gear. No problem, I've seen them use it. I can do this. Go to the right screen, enter waypoint — wait, the engine is humming again. I know what that means now — get control again.