Yesterday I successfully completed my first solo cross country flight. I decided to head into Illinois since I actually haven’t flown in my home state yet. My plan took me from Westosha (5K6) to Poplar Grove (C77), up to Beloit (44C), over to my farthest point, Monroe (EFT), then back through Janesville (JVL) before arriving at Westosha to complete my journey. The cross country took me 136 nautical miles around northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. I couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day, the weather was just picture perfect.
I’m happy to report I hit all my checkpoints right on time – my plan and the weather/wind reports were very accurate. Here’s a link to the flightplan I created – you can see I also have a page with all the VOR and radio frequencies so I could find everything quickly and easily. I also scanned my sectional and printed out the appropriate sections for ease of use during my flight. (I still keep the whole map with me just in case, though). I must admit, though, that flying in Illinois a bit west is a lot more challenging than around Westosha because there aren’t as many big lakes (a luxury of Wisconsin) to quickly navigate off of. I managed, though, obviously!
While at Janesville I asked the tower to do 3 more full-stop landings, for more practice for me to work at a towered field (plus it’s a requirement for my license). Those landings went great, and the tower guys over there were very accommodating. Overall, my landings were very smooth (the weather was cooperating) and I had a great time! You can see a pic I was able to snap with my cellphone coming back from Janesville.
I logged 2.4 hours of cross country solo flight time. Next time out I’ll try to knock out the longer 150 nm+ cross country requirement and/or start working on night flying.