Cross-country flights: Navigation and airport operations
As you explore the world outside your home field, you’ll be exposed to new landscapes and unfamiliar airports. Prepare for your cross-country flights with a brush-up on navigation and operations at both nontowered and towered airports.
Pilotage, dead reckoning, navigation systems, and radar services
How will you get from point A to point B? You can navigate by reference to visible landmarks using pilotage, compute directions and distance using dead reckoning, or use radio navigation systems such as VORs or GPS. Find out more about these methods and the resources available to you en route.
Diversion and lost procedures
What should you do if things don’t go as planned? Prepare for the possibility that you may not make it to your intended destination, and brush up on what to do if you find yourself lost.
Do you know how you’ll enter the traffic pattern at your destination airport? Brush up on entries and operations at both towered and nontowered airports.
Entering the traffic pattern
Runway Safety online course (login required)
Towered Airport Operations safety quiz (login required)
Nontowered Airport Ops safety quiz (login required)
Avoiding midair collisions
Communications and light gun signals
Are you equipped to communicate clearly with other pilots and air traffic control during your flight? Find out how to get your message across and what assistance ATC can offer you.
Find out more about cross-countries in these frequently asked questions.