Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

4 Answers

Instrument Cross-Country Requirement

Asked by: 1355 views
Instrument Rating

I completed my instrument cross-country flight but not sure if it meets the requirements.

I flew at least 104 miles to my first practice approach then about another 80 miles landed got fuel and returned back home completing two more approaches on the way back.  I completed 4 different IAPs at different airports.

I believe I meet the App C, Part 141, requirement for the 250 nm cross-country but not sure.

Do I have to fly the whole 250nm flight without landing to meet the requirement?

Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Actual FAA Questions / Free Lifetime Updates
The best explanations in the business
Fast, efficient study.
Pass Your Checkride With Confidence!
FAA Practical Test prep that reflects actual checkrides.
Any checkride: Airplane, Helicopter, Glider, etc.
Written and maintained by actual pilot examiners and master CFIs.
The World's Most Trusted eLogbook
Be Organized, Current, Professional, and Safe.
Highly customizable - for student pilots through pros.
Free Transition Service for users of other eLogs.
Our sincere thanks to pilots such as yourself who support AskACFI while helping themselves by using the awesome PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android aviation apps of our sponsors.

4 Answers

  1. Jim MacKay on Feb 09, 2016

    It appears that you have made the requirements. Since you probably have your CFII on board you could simply ask him if you met the distance requirements.
    You also indicated you did 4 approaches, since 61.65 only requires 3 different approaches you are probably OK there.

    +1 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  2. CW4 Franklin Diaz-Martinez (USA Ret) on Feb 09, 2016

    Thanks. I’m a RW CFII doing my airplane add-on ratings so I’m also trying to get real smart the rules.

    The “landing” part is what confused me, not sure if it was one complete flight without landing.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  3. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 10, 2016


    61.65 wording doesn\’t matter because he is training under 141. That said, the 141 language pretty much mirrors the language in 61.65.


    The distance and approach criteria you listed meet the requirements. The fact that the regulation uses the term \”cross country\” mandates that a landing be made, so you have no problem there either. The other requirement that must be met is that the flight be conducted under IFR, which means that you need to file flight plans for each leg in your flight instructor\’s name and need to be flying on a clearance issued by ATC.

    0 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 1 Votes

  4. CW4 Franklin Diaz-Martinez (USA Ret) on Feb 10, 2016

    Jim and Kris thanks for your help!

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.