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I. Preflight Preparation 6 Task D. Cross-Country Flight Planning References 14 CFR part 91; FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-25; Navigation Charts; Chart Supplements; AIM; NOTAMs Objective To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with cross-country flights and VFR flight planning. Knowledge The applicant demonstrates understanding of: CA.I.D.K1 Route planning, including consideration of different classes and special use airspace (SUA) and selection of appropriate navigation/communication systems and facilities. CA.I.D.K2 Altitude selection accounting for terrain and obstacles, glide distance of aircraft, VFR cruising altitudes, and the effect of wind. CA.I.D.K3 Calculating: CA.I.D.K3a a. Time, climb and descent rates, course, distance, heading, true airspeed and groundspeed CA.I.D.K3b b. Estimated time of arrival to include conversion to universal coordinated time (UTC) CA.I.D.K3c c. Fuel requirements, to include reserve CA.I.D.K4 Elements of a VFR flight plan. CA.I.D.K5 Procedures for activating and closing a VFR flight plan. Risk Management The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess and mitigate risks, encompassing: CA.I.D.R1 Pilot. CA.I.D.R2 Aircraft. CA.I.D.R3 Environment (e.g., weather, airports, airspace, terrain, obstacles). CA.I.D.R4 External pressures. CA.I.D.R5 Limitations of air traffic control (ATC) services. CA.I.D.R6 Improper fuel planning. Skills The applicant demonstrates the ability to: CA.I.D.S1 Prepare, present and explain a cross-country flight plan assigned by the evaluator including a risk analysis based on real time weather, to the first fuel stop. CA.I.D.S2 Apply pertinent information from appropriate and current aeronautical charts, chart supplements; Notices to Airman (NOTAMs) relative to airport, runway and taxiway closures; and other flight publications. CA.I.D.S3 Create a navigation log and simulate filing a VFR flight plan. CA.I.D.S4 Recalculate fuel reserves based on a scenario provided by the evaluator.

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