Flight Lesson 13

Cross-Country Diversion and Solo

Ground lesson 13 must be completed before this flight lesson.


For the student to obtain all cross-country training and solo requirements for sport pilot certificate.

Assignment for this lesson:

Fill out Flight Planning Log for cross-country flight from Carson City West to Truckee, west to Blue Canyon, southwest to Auburn, southwest to Sacramento Executive, and west Petaluma. Use a south wind of 15 knots at all altitudes and the temperature standard conditions.

  • Set the wind for 15 knots from the south at all altitudes.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel for you 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.
  • Turn on some turbulance after you reach 8000 and leave it on all the way to your landing in Auburn Airport. Than turn it down slightly for the rest of the flight.
  • Before you get to Petaluma Airport, assume it is foggen in and you need to divert to another airport and do this.
  • 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 ground speed for each leg.
  • Record on your flight planning sheet the diferences in planned verses actual.

Cross-country discussion with diversions

____ Plotting course

____ Flight log

_____ Weather

____ Filing flight plan

____ Pre-flight Cross-country flight

____ Flightlog use

____ Navigation with diversion en route

____ Radio communications

____ Post-flight Cross-country flight to meet FAR 61.313 cross-country requirements 75 NM, landing at two separate points with one leg Minimum 25NM.

____ Flight log use

____ Navigation

____ Radio communications

____ Post-flight

Completion Standards:

This module is complete when the student is endorsed to do cross-country solo flight and conducts solo cross-country operation, completing the cross-country requirements for sport pilot privileges sought per 61.93 and 61.313. Cross-country should be flown within 3 nautical miles (NM) of planned route at all times and arrive at the en route checkpoints and destinations within 5 minutes of the initial or revised estimated time of arrival (ETA).