Cross Country Routes
Private Pilot Short Cross Country
You will fly this route
with your flight instructor before you do it alone.
Chilliwack (CYCW) to Pitt Meadows (CYPK) and back to Chilliwack (CYCW). Use
your VTA chart for the flight.
Private Pilot Long Cross Country
You will also fly this route dual before you do it solo.
This trip is usually done in the C172, so for the dual trip you make
take one or two other people in the back, and they may share the cost of the
trip. Of course you are not allowed passengers on your solo.
Chilliwack (CYCW) - Pitt Meadows (CYPK) - Gillies Bay (CYGB) - Nanaimo (CYCD)
- Gower Point (not an airport, just a flyover point) - Chilliwack (CYCW).
Use both your VTA and VNC chart for this flight.
Commercial Pilot Long Cross Country
Transport Canada requires you to make a cross country trip, as PIC, to a point
at least 300 nm from your starting point, with landings at at least
three places other than your starting point. You can plan
any trip you like, as long as it falls within the guidelines. The 300 nm
applies not to the route that you take, but to the straight line distance
between your origin and your furthest point. Transport frowns on the practice
of backtracking to a "starting point" different from the point where you normally
start. So, for instance, if you flew from Chilliwack to Tofino, then measured
eastwards to get 300 nm starting at Tofino, you might have that trip disallowed,
as not meeting the 300 nm requirement.
Airports at least 300 nm from Chilliwack include:
Mackenzie, BC (372 nm)
Eugene, OR (306 nm)
Calgary, AB (326 nm)
Bella Bella is 298 nm from Chilliwack, but we've had a cross country accepted
from a student who planned and flew to a point a few nautical miles north
of Bella Bella before landing.
Feel free to go further than 300 nm, to customize your trip to visit some
friends or interesting sites along the way, and to stay overnight. Note
that the 300 nm trip does not have to be a return trip, so if you fly together
with another commercial student, you can each log one way, and both fulfill
I recommend that you do as much of your commercial cross country and time
building flying as you can at night. You will require 100 hours of
night PIC and 25 hours of night cross country PIC in order to get your ATPL,
and if your jobs are daytime flying, or as co-pilot you can find yourself
trapped, unable to get the hours you need for the upgrade.
is a site that allows you to type the latitude and longitude of each endpoint
of your trip, to determine the distance between them. The lat-long
of Chilliwack is 49 09 10 N 121 56 20 W. You can find the coordinates
of other airports listed in the CFS for Canadian airports and the AF/D for
The maps on this page are for illustrative purposes only. Calculate
the exact distance to your chosen airport to ensure that you fulfill the
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This page written 24 May 2003 by Robyn Stewart.
Last revised 18 November 2003.
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