So obviously I don't mean having the CFI in the plane during the solo cross country flight, as it would then not be a solo flight. What I am referring to is this...does the CFI need to be present at the originating airport of the flight, and remain there until you return? I'm getting close to being certified for cross country solo flights, and my CFI said that when I go up on such a flight, he needs to be at the airport waiting for me to return. This seems odd, as what the heck he is going to be able to do to help me if a problem arises? It's not like he can magically teleport into the plane and fix the problem that arose. I can understand having him there before I take off, going over the flight plan, making sure the weather conditions are good, and all that. But once I've taken off, shouldn't he just go home?