Flight 19 - Cross-Country Stage Check


The Chief Flight Instructor or a Check Airman shall evaluate the pilot-in-training’s ability to:

  • manage the elements associated with a day solo cross-country flight
  • explain selected tasks from the Private Pilot ACS
  • conduct flight maneuvers and procedures mastered during the cross-country stage

Ultimate Weekend Trip

You and your BFF have planned the ultimate weekend in Monterey - 18 holes at Pebble Beach, the Monterey Aquarium and culinary experiences on Cannery Row.  You've never flown to Monterey before, and you're concerned about marine layer fog that is forecast to lift just before your planned ETA.

  • Plan a cross-country flight to Monterey Regional Airport (KMRY)
  • 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 Pilot Qualfications
Perform Airworthiness Requirements
Perform Weather Information
Perform Cross-country Flight Planning
Perform National Airspace System
Perform Performance and Limitations
Perform Operation of Systems
Perform Human Factors
Perform Spin Awareness
Perform Night Operations
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform VFR cross-country procedures
Perform Lost Procedures
Perform Diversion Procedures
Perform Soft-field takeoff and climb
Perform Soft-field approach and landing
Perform Short-field takeoffs and maximum performance climbs
Perform Short-field approaches and landings
Perform Power-Off Stalls
Perform Power-On Stalls
Perform Maneuvering during Slow Flight
Perform Steep Turns
Perform Ground Reference Maneuvers
Perform Flight by reference to instruments: Emergency Operations
Perform Emergency Descent
Perform Emergency Approach and Landing
Perform Go-Around
Perform Forward slip to a landing
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.
  • plan a VFR cross-country that is in compliance with the FARs and the aircraft's capabilities.
  • explain selected tasks from the Private Pilot ACS.
  • manage a VFR cross-country as pilot-in-command while maintaining their altitude within ±200 feet and heading within ±15 degrees.
  • perform pilotage, dead reckoning and electronic navigation.
  • conduct flight maneuvers and procedures while maintaining altitude within ±150 feet, heading within ±15 degrees and airspeed ±10 knots.
  • maintain directional control at all times during takeoffs and landings.
  • perform landings with touchdowns at or within 250 feet of the desired point.