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25nm solo flight to another airport endorsement

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Hi, I'm studying for my CFI ticket.


Comcerning If I give a student a solo endorsement to another airport within 25nm found in 61.93:


1) The FARs seem kind of ambiguous, is this a one time endorsement, or do they need another endorsement every time they are planning on making that flight? Would the repeated 50nm x-country endorsement be necessary in this case?

2) Does the student also need the student pilot certificate endorsement and initial cross country endorsement for the 25nm one to be valid? Or does the student only need the 61.87 endorsements?




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    ccwebb on May 02, 2013

    61.93 is a confusing regulation to read sometimes. It is titled “Solo cross-country flight requirements.”, however it talks about flights that are not cross countries as well.

    I like to refer to 61.93(b)(1) and (2) as “Local Area Solo”, tends to make things more organized when cross country solo (c) comes into play.

    Both (b)(1) and (b)(2) have nearly identical requirements… translated they say:

    1) …within 25 NM or 50 NM of home airport (keep in mind that is two different endorsements.)
    2)…training includes flight in both directions over the route, entering and exiting the traffic pattern, and takeoffs and landings at the other airport (VERY IMPORTANT STEP! Often overlooked)
    3) CFI who gave the training endorses the student pilot’s logbook authorizing the flight;
    4) The student pilot has a supervised solo flight endorsement already (61.87)

    Both are one-time endorsements and are valid as long as the students original 90-Day endorsement is current. 61.93(b)(2) allows a ‘local solo’ to occur if the next closest airport is further than 25 nm but closer than 50 nm. They allow multiple flights between those two specific airports only, without additional endorsements.

    Once you get past 50 NM, the flight is considered a cross country and 3 more endorsements are needed then, with one of those needing to be rewritten on each cross country.

    I hope that helps.

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  2. Jared J on May 02, 2013

    awesome, thank you so much! Helps a ton.

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