Solo cross-country to Sunriver

Took advantage of the good weather and VIP’s semi-flexible tools rotation to do my final required cross-country work before my checkride. Departed Twin Oaks for Sunriver via Salem. The flight over the Cascades was a little bumpy so I climbed up to 9,500 ft. Total time to Sunriver was 1.6 hours.

For the return, I flew north from Sunriver to the Dalles and then cut down the Gorge. One of the neatest things about this trip was having what’s called flight following. This is where either Portland or Seattle has you on radar the entire time. They’ll then give you traffic advisories if your flight path is crossing another plane’s. It’s also a nice amonut of banter to keep you company as you spend a few hours solo in the cockpit. The flight back took 2.1 hours.

These photos and videos are a bit of what I saw along the way (gradually improving my aerial photography).


Nick Momrik May 15, 2012 Reply

Maybe a stupid question, but why is it called a cross-country flight?

Daniel Bachhuber May 15, 2012 Reply

Not a stupid question at all… in aviation terms, a ‘cross-country flight’ is a flight that has a landing more than 50 nautical miles from the home airport.

Nick Momrik May 15, 2012 Reply

Interesting. Congrats, that’s quite an accomplishment!

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