Start cross country planning at least a day in advance of your
flight. You do NOT have time to do it all just before your
It will take you a few hours the first time. If you have not been
shown how to fill out a nav log, look at this navigation calculation page for more
For each leg of your cross country flight, prepare your charts showing
set heading point, your track from the set heading point to the
10 nm marks along the track and 10 degree drift lines. Use the
chart for portions of your flight where you will be flying within the
area and use the VNC for the other parts of the flight.
Select appropriate altitudes of flight, and mark them on your
log. Measure the distances and track, and record the magnetic
Also mark the top of descent on your chart, three miles back for each
you must descend in a C150, four miles per thousand feet in a C172.
Complete weight and balance calculations for the flight. Robyn
140 lbs with her headset and that bag she always carries. Allow an
pounds in winter, for extra clothing.
mark on your chart appropriate points for groundspeed calculations, and
each one record on your nav log the distances between them and the
Look up the airports you are going to in the CFS, and note the runways,
frequencies, the aerodrome elevation, the circuit altitude and any
Some hours before your flight, obtain the upper winds. Use the airplane
charts to select an appropriate rpm setting, and record the BHP, the
and the fuel consumption rate for the temperature at your altitude.
up the time, fuel and distance required to climb to altitude.
Calculate the groundspeed, crab, magnetic heading, time and fuel burn.
forget to include climb, taxi, run up and reserve fuel in your total
requirements calculations. Allow AT LEAST an hour to make these final
You have booked the airplane and instructor for your flight, not to
for you to finish your planning.
Just before the flight, get the latest weather and NOTAMs, and check
over carefully to ensure that conditions are still appropriate for your
File a flight plan. Your instructor is the pilot in command for a
flight. Robyn's licence number is in the password protected area, you'll
to know it in order to file your flight plan.
is a good one to use to check that the distance is sufficient on your
long cross country.
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This page written 24 May 2003 by
Stewart. Last revised 02 February 2005.