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Long Cross Country

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This might be a dumb question but when I did my 50Nm cross country, the first one was a dual cross country with my instructor and the second was the solo XC. For the 150NM long cross country is there not a dual flight first and then the solo? or is it just one flight solo? Thanks!

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  1. Wes Beard on Sep 21, 2013

    I doubt your instructor will first go along with one to show you the routing and the terrain outside.

    My private pilot cross countries progressed where the first two flights were dual instruction. The next flight was solo going to the same airports I went to on the first cross country flight. The long cross country sent me much farther than I ever went with an instructor. I really felt like a pilot afterwards knowing all the preflight planning paid off.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Sep 22, 2013

    It can vary by instructor but in most cases the long xc is yours to plan and fly solo with your instructor reviewing your planning.

    If you’re asking about the rules that apply, if you’re at the solo xc stage, you are pretty close to the end and should be able to find and read the applicable FAR sections easily. If you find the task a bit daunting, a hint: the FAR has a table of contents and the sections are grouped by subject, like “Student Pilots.” (I’m constantly surprised at the number of people who don’t know this).

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