7 Lessons Learned From My Long Solo Cross Country Flight - Clayviation.com
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It was the kind of day where you look up and think, "I should be flying right now." Clear skies, good visibility and very light winds prevailed on a mid-sixty degree day in November of 2004. I stood by the airplane in Athens, Georgia, as a student pilot, but ready for a big solo flight.
I had flown by myself a few times before in that Cessna 172, but this flight was a milestone. In the quest to become a licensed pilot, that day was fulfilling the required "long solo cross country." I was responsible for selecting the route. The rules were that the flight had to be at least 150NM, with one leg over 50NM, and three full stop landings. My flight was planned from Athens (KAHN) to Greenwood, SC (KGRD); then to Milledgeville, GA (KMLJ) and back home to Athens. I recently dusted off an old journal that contained the entry I wrote after that flight. I thought I'd share it with you, along with some lessons I learned from the journey.