Long XC Question

HeyEng

NAHB Doesn't Give a Crap
Quick question...

When you are doing your long solo XC (the 150 NM one w/ 3 stops) when you plan on the 3 fields, do you have to have previously landed at those fields before? I think that is the case, but can't remember off the top of my head.
 

Matt13C

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No, your instructor just has to endorse your log book giving you permission to land at those fields just like your first solo cross. My long cross was to two fields I never landed at before. I chose two fields that provided the best routes for scenery and challenge. First leg was between a Class B and a class C using pilotage/dead reckoning and lead to a landing at an airpoint on the cape. Second leg was up the coast line out over the ocean to avoid an active MOA using VOR triangulation to determine when I was clear to turn inland to the airport and the third was a short GPS trip across state to my home field. I used flight following the whole way too. Lots of fun!

Congrats on getting to this point of training. Enjoy the flight! Take lots of pics and post them up.
 

meritflyer

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Quick question...

When you are doing your long solo XC (the 150 NM one w/ 3 stops) when you plan on the 3 fields, do you have to have previously landed at those fields before? I think that is the case, but can't remember off the top of my head.
Negative.

I routinely send my students to unfamiliar airports. How are they supposed to learn if they never go outside their comfort zone?
 

HeyEng

NAHB Doesn't Give a Crap
Good deal...Thanks Guys!! :)

I wasn't too interested in going to the "same 'ole places". With any luck, I'll take my check mid-August. It would be a little sooner, but the DPE isn't available until then. Boo!

Pics are in order...and will be posted, I have just been mad busy!!! (flying, school, work, honey-do list...and on and on!!!)
 

germb747

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Why don't you do something like AUS-CLL and return or maybe even out to DWH, ACT, or AFW. It's more than the required 150 miles, but when I did my PPL you had to do a 300nm XC and minimum 10 hours solo XC time, so I consider the 150 nm "cross countries", frankly, a joke. Get out there and see some of Texas! :D You probably need the hours anyway. VFR navigation with a sectional, stopwatch, and a fuel log was my favorite part of PPL training. Above all, have fun and stay safe.
 
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