Flight Lesson 11

Cross-Country Fundamentals

Ground lesson 11 must be completed before this flight lesson.


For the student to become familiar at performing cross-country duties by flying the first cross-country flight.

Assignment for this Lesson: Use the Cross-Country Flight Planning worksheet in the checkride book page 42 or at the store downloads and updates page to fill in the navigation log and flight plan. Use a west wind at 15 knots for all altitudes. Plan a flight fron Carson City north east to Silver Springs, than south to Yerrington, than west to Minden, than north back to Carson City for a 100 Nautical mile Cross country flight.

With the west-wind plan, your patterns at the airports Takeoff runway 27 Carson, Silver Springs – right pattern for runway 23, Yerrington – flyover mid-field and enter downwind mid-field LH runway 19, Minden flyover mid-field and use lefthand pattern for runways 34 or 30, your choice, Carson do normal 45-degree entry for left traffic runway 27 to complete your flight. Mark this plan on your flight planning sheet.


  • Set the wind for 15 knots for the west at all altitudes.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel for your cross-country flight. An hour of reserve is best, but a minimum of half hour fuel is required.
  • Using your flight planning sheet as a guide, take off Carson City Airport and start following your flight planning sheet indicated airspeed, altitude and following headings.
  • Time each leg to see how long it took verses how long you predicted. Look at your GPS ground speed and see how this compares to your predicted groundspeed for each leg.
  • Record on your flight planning sheet the diferences in planned verses actual.

Cross-country planning

____ Plotting course

____ Flight log

____ Weather

____Airports performance

____ Flight computer

____ Setting GPS waypoints

____ Alternate airport information/procedures Cross-country flight

____ Use of flight log

____ Navigation with pilotage and dead reckoning

____ Using GPS

____ Radio communications at new airport

____ Landing at different airport

____ Instrument flight >87k

Completion Standards:

This module is complete when the student performs a cross-country flight at the assigned locations, lands at each airport, and returns to the original airport. Student uses the flight planning sheet and records the differences in the calculated verses actual, communicates at each airport, and changes to the proper radio frequency for each airport.