First Solo Cross Country!!!

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by Will Kumley, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    Just got home from my first solo cross country. Departed KPWT, flew over 1WA7 (Elma) and then on to KHQM. Return was a little more direct as I went KHQM to KPWT via KSHN. All in all the flight was fairly uneventful and my ground speed checks were within 10 seconds of what I had planned on my Navlog. Oddly enough, my indicated airspeed was about 5-10 mph slower than what I had planned but my ground speed was pretty close, if anything my actual gs was 2-3 knots faster than planned in both directions so I know it wasn't a wind issue. Picked up flight following and made sure to stay to the south of KSHN to avoid any possible parachute jumpers. The landing at HQM was better than my landing at my home airport but the landing at PWT wasn't bad either. Think I'll have to take the wife out there after I get my ticket and can take passengers without an instructor sitting next to me. Now to see if the video and audio recorders worked for the flight. :) :) :)
     
  2. Sport Pilot

    Sport Pilot Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2017
    Messages:
    237
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Student
    Congratulations to you!
     
    Will Kumley likes this.
  3. Pete7AC

    Pete7AC Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2019
    Messages:
    15
    Location:
    Adirondack Mountains
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pete7AC
    Good job!

    Better executed than mine. I almost landed at the wrong airport...
     
  4. MacFlier

    MacFlier Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2018
    Messages:
    163
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    MacFlier
    Or mine where I could not find the airport and had to do a 360 looking for it. The I found it hiding behind tall trees....
     
  5. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    I’ve started watching YouTube videos of others landing at the airports I’m headed to before I go. Kinda gives an idea of the landmarks I should be looking for.
     
  6. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    My choice to use Elma as a checkpoint was called into question by the instructor prior to my flight as it’s hard to see if you’ve never been there before. Thankfully the cooling towers just south of it are super easy to see. I was practically on top of Elma before I saw the actual airport so I’m glad that discussion happened.
     
  7. MIFlyer

    MIFlyer Cleared for Takeoff PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,132
    Location:
    Mercer Island, WA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    MIFlyer
    Beautiful route! See u up there!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  8. jordane93

    jordane93 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    9,380
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jordan
    Congrats! Good luck finishing your license.
     
  9. Sinistar

    Sinistar En-Route

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Messages:
    2,544
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Brad
    What was your TAS (computed from IAS)
     
  10. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    Planned an IAS of 115 mph which converts to 100 kph, actual on the airspeed indicator during flight was between 105-110 mph. Occasionally it would get to 115 but not often. Actual GS was roughly 103-105 kph for the duration of the flight. This was the case in both directions. I was also running about 2450 RPM's on the motor. I had it leaned for my altitude and any harder would have put me closer to the red line on the tach than I want to be.
     
    Sinistar likes this.
  11. Deelee

    Deelee Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2019
    Messages:
    188
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Deelee
    Congrats!! Another milestone along the way to checkride. This is a big one - you flew by yourself from point a to point b and then back to point a. Nice feeling of freedom, isn't it?
     
  12. Sinistar

    Sinistar En-Route

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Messages:
    2,544
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Brad
    I used to live out there and would love to fly out there. Used to ride motorcycles from Bremerton/Bangor/ Silverdale to Ocean Shores.

    So your IAS was between 105...110mph. I'll just guess a cruise altitude of 4500msl west bound, around +45F at altitude and pressure of around 29.85" which would be a TAS of 113mph...128mph.

    By "kph" I think you mean knots per hour. It seems most people just write kts or knots (but mine is in mph too). So your TAS was then about 98kts...111kts. You said your ground speed was between 103kts...105kts. So seems the check out. If you were flying a bit lower than I guessed it would be even closer.

    I hope I did that right...someone will be along to school me if i screwed it up.

    No matter what...congratulations and this flatlanders envies the scenery!
     
  13. Hang 4

    Hang 4 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2017
    Messages:
    601
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Hang 4
    Minor nit, kph is kilometers/hour. Knots are nautical miles/hour. No per hour with knots.
     
  14. kath

    kath Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,062
    Location:
    Anchorage, AK
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Katherine
    Nice work!! The solo XC is a big milestone!
     
  15. Rcmutz

    Rcmutz Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2015
    Messages:
    456
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    rcmutz
    Congrats! On my first solo XC, I mis-interpreted what my VOR OBS was telling me, you all remember those. Anyhow, I was off course, but found a town, circled the water tower with the name on it, and figured it out from there. 44 years later, still flying.
     
  16. Timbeck2

    Timbeck2 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    6,916
    Location:
    Vail, Arizona
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Timbeck2
    Ah yes, third best feeling in the world. Second only to first solo.
     
  17. GRG55

    GRG55 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    7,424
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Aztec Flyer
    Well done!
    A taste of what you can do once you complete your training.
    Head north to Port Townsend/Jefferson, Friday Harbour and all sorts of other places to explore in the PNW.
     
  18. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    And I did it again today! Flew down to Kelso (KLS) then to Olympia for some towered full stop landings and back to Bremerton. Forecast was great with clouds staying around 6000 ft. About 15 miles north of Kelso the scattered clouds at 3000 turned into broken/overcast and I seriously contemplated turning around. But as I still had good visibility and the clouds weren't dropping any I continued on to Kelso. Fairly uneventful the rest of the flight with a random Cessna behind and below me at one point just before descent. They never said they had me in sight, I obviously couldn't see them as they were behind me so I opted to make a right turn and descend instead of running the risk of flying into another plane. Never heard from them again.
     
  19. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    Yep, meant knots per hour and definitely didn't consider the altitude/temp correction for airspeed. Oh well. At least I'm getting my ground speed fairly consistently. '
     
  20. Sinistar

    Sinistar En-Route

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Messages:
    2,544
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Brad
    It's easy to not even consider TAS when you use IAS for flying and GPS for ground speed. Curious...what altitude did you fly at?
     
  21. Sinistar

    Sinistar En-Route

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Messages:
    2,544
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Brad
    I am also curious what your CFI is teaching you regarding all that water. The sound is beautiful, but cold. Wondering how much water he allows you to fly over?
     
  22. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    Friday Harbor was my first dual cross country flight. Looking forward to taking the family up there.
    first XC solo was at 4500 and 5500. Today was supposed to be the same but the clouds kept me low on the southern section of my flight.
     
  23. Will Kumley

    Will Kumley Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Will
    here’s what I’ve learned so far. Altitude is your friend. As is flight following since you have an extra set of eyes on you. The only significant water I’ve flown over was when we went to Friday Harbor. All other over water flights have been close to land such as the various inlets near Bremerton.
     
    Sinistar likes this.
  24. Domenick

    Domenick Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2019
    Messages:
    127
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Domenick
    Congrats on you first and second solos. A couple of the most memorable moments of your life.

    Most routes around Puget Sound are within gliding distance to land. The widest part of Puget Sound is about 3 miles. The San Juans can be reached from the east shore near Skagit Regional (KBVS).

    I did once cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca on a trip back from Tofino, BC. 15 nm across water was a bit unnerving, but with enough altitude one side or the other was within gliding distance. It was a bit like crossing the Cascades over Snoqualmie Pass--there's a runway about every 15 nm.
     
    Will Kumley and Sinistar like this.
  25. lancie00

    lancie00 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    May 12, 2016
    Messages:
    788
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    lancie00
    I almost landed on the wrong runway. o_O
     
  26. steingar

    steingar Taxi to Parking

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    26,596
    Location:
    Land of Savages
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    steingar
    For my solo xcountry I flew to a little strip where there was a mechanic who could fix the faulty door on my aircraft. The strip was so small I thought it was a street. Indeed, I asked on the radio where the strip is and he said "look down".

    Ironic thing is he's well known in the local Mooney world, and I go back there every year to deliver mine for annual.
     
  27. frfly172

    frfly172 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Messages:
    13,872
    Location:
    mass fla
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    ron keating
    Congrats, another milestone accomplished .
     
  28. danhagan

    danhagan Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Messages:
    1,857
    Location:
    El Paso, TX
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    danhagan
    Ok Lancie, we're changin' your call sign to "Indiana" now you Harrison Ford you ...:eek::eek::p:p
     
    lancie00 likes this.