Lesson 18


1. Preflight Orientation
2. Flight
3. Postflight Evaluation


During this lesson, the student is introduced to cross-country procedures and the proper techniques to be used during flights out of the local training area. This flight prepares the student to make cross-country flights as the sole occupant of the airplane.


Lesson Introduction

Cross-Country Flight Planning

  • Aeromedical Factors
  • Flight Publications
  • Route Selection
  • Obtaining Weather Information
  • Fuel Requirements
  • Determining Performance and Limitations
  • Weight and Balance
  • Navigation Log
  • FAA Flight Plan
  • Cockpit Management

Cross Country Flight

  • Departure
  • Opening Flight Plan
  • Course Interception
  • Pilotage
  • Dead Reckoning
  • VOR Navigation (VR-IR)
  • Power Settings and Mixture Control
  • Diversion
  • Lost Procedures
  • Estimates of Groundspeed and ETA
  • Position Fix by Radio Aids
  • Flight on Federal Airways

Airport Operations

  • Controlled Airport Operation
  • Uncontrolled Airport Operation
  • Unfamiliar Airport Operation
  • Airports with Heavy Traffic
  • At Least One Landing More than 50 n.m. From Departure Airport

Lesson Review

  • Systems and Equipment Malfunctions
  • Emergency Climbs and Descents Using Radio Aids or Radar Vectors (IR)

COMPLETION STANDARDS: The student will demonstrate the skill to perform cross-country flights safely. This includes accurate and complete preflight planning, weather analysis, use of FAA publications and charts, adherence to the preplanned flight, and the use of pilotage, dead reckoning, and radio navigation, including a two-hour flight at least part of which must be on Federal Airways.


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