Flight 23 - First Solo Cross-Country Flight


The purpose of this lesson is for the pilot-in-training to conduct a solo day VFR cross-country flight.


You will be conducting a solo cross-country flight. Your mission is to complete the necessary pre-flight planning for your assigned route, navigate safely and efficiently to all your assigned checkpoints, and return to you home airport as close as possible to your ETA.

  • Review student pilot limitations and regulations applicable to solo cross-country flights.
  • Plan a cross-country flight
    • Leg 1 – O61 to KMOD
    • Leg 2 – KMOD to KSAC
    • Leg 3 – KSAC to O61
  • 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 Preflight Preparation
Perform Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform VFR Cross-Country Flight
Perform Pilotage
Perform Dead Reckoning
Perform Electronic Navigation
Perform ATC Radar Services: VFR Flight Following
Perform Flight Service: Flight Plans
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.
  • safely complete the planned cross-country flight. The student’s flight instructor will conduct a postflight discussion and review the flight log to determine the lesson content and objectives have been met.