The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the procedures for planning and conducting cross-country flights at night. In addition, the pilot-in-training will practice maneuvers listed as review.
First Freight Job
Congratulations, you are now a commercial pilot. After years of hard work, you got your first pilot job – flying freight at night for a company based out of Cameron Park. Your route tonight will take you as follows:
In order to avoid any delays that may be caused by re-fueling, you should plan the trip with as little or no fuel stops as possible. Your boss has made it clear to you that he has taken a big chance hiring such a low-time pilot. Being that this is your first flight alone, you really want to impress him with your on-time performance and piloting skill.
It is up to you to decide where to put any cargo you will carry during this flight. It is very important to calculate weight and balance for each leg because the FAA recently fined the company for flying three aircraft overweight. The fines led to three of your fellow pilots losing their jobs.
|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||Filing a VFR flight plan|
|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|
|Perform||Preflight Risk Assessment|
|Practice||Opening and closing a flight plan|
|Practice||Maintaining and completing a navigation log|
|Practice||Navigation via pilotage|
|Practice||Navigation via dead reckoning|
|Practice||Navigation using electronic aids|
|Practice||ATC and radio phraseology and procedures|
|Practice||Tower controlled airport procedures|
|Perform||Flight by reference to instruments, including straight and level flight, turns, descents, climbs, use of radio aids, and ATC directives.|
|Perform||Takeoff, approach and landing procedures, including short-field, soft-field|