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Private solo flight restrictions?

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FAA Regulations, General Aviation, Private Pilot

I am wanting to do a pretty big solo cross country flight across the country soon. I was wondering if there are any restrictions on what you can do in this situation. For instance, limited miles you can travel, Limited hours you can fly, that sort of thing. Any help would be great! thanks!

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Oct 21, 2013

    From the tags on your post, it seems you have a Private pilot certificate. There are no regulatory restrictions on you. You could fly around the world if you wished.

    The miles you can travel will depend more upon the airplane you fly, the weather and your abilities. The hours you can fly will depend again on your abilities and the flight conditions. You might not be comfortable flying over the mountains at night. Heck, you might not be comfortable flying over the mountains in the daytime. If you’ve had no experience with that sort of flying, you should find somebody in the area to give you some instruction before attempting it.

    Other than that, a trip across the country is nothing more that a series of shorter cross country flights strung together. A wonderful way to see the country.

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  2. Aaron on Oct 21, 2013

    See FAR 91.113. This is the list of all limitations private pilots are subject to. You are not subject to any specific flight time or mileage restrictions as a private pilot, unless your license carries such restrictions for medical reasons. You still have the responsibility to make sure you are fit to fly, so just remember your IMSAFE! Exhaustion would be the main concern on such flights, so you largely have to self-regulate and make sure you quit when you aren’t up to it.

    That’s one of the beauties of earning your wings, freedom to fly the friendly skies! 🙂

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  3. Kris Kortokrax on Oct 21, 2013

    Actually, 61.113, not 91.113. That section deals with financing the flight time, not where you can go and how long you can fly.

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  4. Aaron on Oct 21, 2013

    Embarrassing. That’s what I meant. 61 = pilots 91 = general operations. my little oops for the day 😛 yes, 61.113 lists private pilot privileges and limitations, and it only specifically lists compensation and reimbursement for flight time. That was what I was trying to illustrate.

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