Flight Training - Cross Country

For most student pilots, the cross-country phase of training brings a new rush of excitement. All the elements of your training come together as you expand your aeronautical horizons, first with your flight instructor and, then, by yourself as you close in on the solo cross-country experience requirement of the pilot certificate that you're pursuing. Part of the excitement, no doubt, comes from the realization that you're nearing your objective. There can be apprehension, too, and perhaps even a fear of getting lost — but your knowledge of the established and proven procedures for just that contingency should help to alleviate any concerns.


Millions of people have learned to fly and they've all had questions along the way. These are the most frequently asked questions with answers and links to more info.

Interactive Courses & Quizzes

We've created some entertaining yet highly informative interactive courses to help you understand key topics and short quizzes to test your knowledge.

Flying Skills

These are the hands-on (and feet-on) flying skills needed to control an aircraft in a safe, professional manner. From engine start to a landing on a short grass strip with howling crosswinds, it's all here.

Topic Briefs

We've provided richly illustrated briefing papers on several key topics. You can view them online or download them to print or read later.

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A complete weather picture is even more important now that your flights are taking you over greater distances. Your aviation vocabulary

Airspace and aeronautical charts

Your knowledge of different airspace types — and how to identify them — will get a workout during cross-country flight.

Weight and Balance

Although weight and balance are always important, longer distances and accompanying increased fuel consumption lend a different dimension.

Avionics and instruments

The dials and gauges in front of you convey important information on your flight and allow you to communicate.