Having a Microlight Pilot Licence only allows you to fly within 25nm radius from the airfield from which the aircraft normally operates.
It is a great feeling to be in air and we all know that by now. Whether you got involved in flying for the sensation of defeating gravity, the excitement, visual experience, fun and adventure or some other reason; you will soon want to take full advantage of new possibilities. If you want to venture further into the surrounding landscape, tow your aircraft for holidays and take off from other locations or simply make flying trips to destinations of your choice, you need to know how to do it safely and efficiently; not to mention legally.
We all know how useful a GPS device is but it can not replace knowledge that you must have on cross country trips. You need to prepare properly for flights even if the GPS takes the role of your magnetic compass. You also need to know how to use aeronautical charts, how to interpret weather chart and forecast etc. As we learn and practice emergency landings for the unlikely event of engine failure, we also need to know how to navigate in the unlikely case of GPS failure.
The theory/in class hands on practical part of the course would be run over two days 9am to 5pm with coffee and lunch breaks. Two days of lectures and hands on exercises are academically intensive with lots of examples from the real situations and cross country adventures.
Theory classes and exam cost per person is $2,000 (or group of up to four participants)
Materials and resources required for the course are:
Aeronautical charts and publications:
VTC Brisbane-Maroochydore/Gold Coast
WAC 3340 Brisbane
WAC 3357 Armidale
ERSA Spiral Bound
Navigation for Recreational Pilots (optional) - Published by Rycroft Aviation Services
Navigation and planning accessories:
Protractor - ATC
Scale Ruler 180 NM
Graphic Flight Computer E6-B
Knee Board (made by AirHog or similar 3-fold)
The total price of the above items is app $300.
To fulfil the Operations Manual requirements for the issue of an XC Endorsement each student has to have minimum 10 hours practical navigation flights.
The cost of this component – practical navigation flight with an instructor and solo test navigation flight are calculated at $240/hr in school’s aircraft or $155/hr in student’s aircraft
Syllabus of Flight Training - Cross Country Endorsement
- Preparation for flight, pilot, aircraft & equipment
- Interpretation and use of weather charts and forecasts
- Obtaining weather en-route
- Interpretation and use of aeronautical charts, publications and documents
- Basic flight computer usage
- Aircraft weight & balance management
- Flight plan, including:
- cruise level selection
- track, distance, heading, ground speed and time interval calculations
- fuel management including fuel reserve calculations
- flight note requirements
- SARWATCH details and procedures
- Map reading
- Compass use and errors
- Flight log keeping
- Diversion plan and procedures
- Perform lost procedure
- Arrival at destination procedures
ON GROUND HANDLING AND SURVIVAL SKILLS
- Parking and securing an aircraft
- tools and equipment
- short and long term parking
- Survival essentials
- water and food
- first aid kit
- Survival rules and procedures
- in various terrain
- ground signals