Cross-Country Rules and Procedures


  1. Student Pilots may only fly to airports within a 250 nautical mile radius of 8I3 and 5I4.
  2. The 250 nm restriction may be waived on an individual basis if prior permission is received from your Flight Instructor.
  3. No overnight flights are allowed.
  4. We will not reimburse expenses such as landing fees or tie-down fees. Each student is responsible for knowing of any such fees before they choose to land there.
  5. A student shall land only at the airports specified for that flight. If a pilot must land at an airport other than the one previously planned, whether due to unplanned adverse weather or a mechanical function, the pilot must report your location and condition to your CFI, or by calling 765-864-5364 ext. 214 immediately upon landing.
  6. Student pilots are prohibited to fly local or cross country solo at night.
  7. Flight operations over mountainous terrain are prohibited without the express permission of your Flight Instructor. No flights over mountainous terrain will be granted approval unless the student successfully completes instruction in the subject conducted by a qualified instructor, and passes an oral examination and briefing conducted by the Flight Instructor.
  8. All student Pilots will file, open, and close a flight plan.
  9. Student Pilots must have a ceiling of 4,000′ agl, and the visibility must at least be 5 miles to go on a solo cross country. The winds may not be stronger than 15 kts, including gusts, and the crosswind component may not be more than 7 kts. Each flight instructor may make these standards more or less restrictive if necessary at their own discretion.
  10. In the event of a mechanical difficulty while at another airport, no one will authorize any maintenance work to be preformed on our aircraft without our expressed consent. If problems call 765-864-5364×214.
  11. By regulation, the student pilot is required to check the fuel to determine that the plane will have enough fuel to complete the planned cross country safely, including a minimum of 30 minutes of fuel in reserve at the close of the flight. However, we require that student pilots have a minimum of one hour of useable fuel remaining at the end of the flight. Plan all fuel stops to leave you at least one hour of fuel in the tanks at all times.

All solo cross countries require at least a one hour preflight discussion and a one hour post flight discussion with one of our flight instructors. You will be charged for flight instruction for both of these discussions.

Remember, be safe and always have fun!