Flight 17 - Dual Cross-Country Flight


The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the pilot-in-training to all of the elements associated with a cross-country flight including navigating via pilotage, dead reckoning and GPS navigation.


Your next airplane

You are interested in a RV-12 that is listed for sale at the Rio Vista airport.  You plan to take your flight instructor with you, who has some experience in RVs, to help you in evaluating whether it would be a good airplane for you to purchase.

  • Plan a cross-country flight.  Plan to use pilotage, dead reckoning, and GPS navigation.
    • Leg 1 – O61 to O88 - plan at 65% power
    • Leg 2 – O88 to O61- plan at 75% power
  • Obtain a weather briefing.
  • Calculate weight and balance and takeoff and landing performance.
  • Review aircraft maintenance records to determine compliance with inspection requirements.
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Discuss lesson objective and completion standards
Practice Preflight planning and preparation
Practice Use of aircraft performance charts pertaining to cross-country flight
Practice Aircraft weight and balance computation
Practice Procurement and analysis of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts
Practice Identification of equipment and operating requirements to operate in the National Airspace System
Practice Recognition, avoidance and operational restrictions of hazardous terrain features in the geographical area where the cross-country flight will be flown
Practice Diversion procedures
Practice Lost procedures
Practice Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Practice Maintaining and completing a navigation log
Practice Navigation via dead reckoning
Practice Diverson procedures
Practice Lost procedures
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Practice Navigation via pilotage
Practice GPS Navigation
Practice Procedures and operating practices for collision avoidance, wake turbulence precautions, and wind shear avoidance
Perform Takeoff, approach and landing procedures, including short-field, soft-field
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Critique performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meet the desired outcomes listed in the learning objectives table.
  • use GPS navigation with little input from the instructor.
  • track and bracket radials and courses with little input from the instructor.
  • identify and practice proper corrective actions to emergency procedures without instructor guidance.
  • perform short-field and soft-field operations, with touchdowns at or within 300 feet of the desired point, without instructor guidance.
  • maintain and complete the navigation log during cross-country flight.
  • maintain altitude within ±150 feet, heading within ±15 degrees, and airspeed within ±10 knots without instructor guidance.