Plan a cross country flight from O61 to a destination as discussed with your instructor. Ensure that in your planning for this flight, that by the completion of this flight you have accomplished the three night flight experience requirements for a private pilot certificate:
Ensure that your destinations airport(s) lights are operational, and ensure that the runway you will likely use (based upon forecast winds) has a visual glideslope.
If its possible to use radio navigation during any of these flights, add this as a backup navigation method to pilotage and deduced reckoning. If your airplane is GPS equipped, plan to use the Flight Plan mode as a backup navigation method.
File the flight plans for each flight. File the ETD for the first flight start approximately 1.5 hours after the scheduled lesson start time. File the ETD for the subsequent flights based upon the time enroute for the previous flight, plus a 30 minute buffer.
Make a checklist in a sequence of all the tasks that you need to complete along the way for this cross country. Include navigation, communication and airplane checklist tasks. Here’s an example of a Cross Country Script.
Use a flight simulator at home, or the flight simulator at the flight school, to fly your planned cross country flight prior to actual flight. This will give you an opportunity to use your navigation log, check your flight planning, and aid you in identifying these new airports.
Bring to the lesson:
|Topic||Be able to answer:||Resources to study:|
|Practical Knowledge||Cross Country Planning Review
Radio Communication Review
Weather Briefing Review
Weight and Balance
|Decision Making and Risk Mgmt||Use the PAVE checklist to identify risks associated with the flight.|
|Operation||Expect to:||Prepare by:|
|Cross Country Flight||Prior to departure
Approach to landing