Basic Aviation Cross Country Planning Assignment

Due date May 6, 2021

Objective:  Plan a cross-country flight in a Cessna 172 from Will Rogers Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City to Cox Airport at Paris, Texas (PRX) to Addison Airport (ADS) at

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Dallas, Texas.  Use pre-flight planning resources available within to ensure that the flights

can be conducted safely and legally.  Departure date 4/7/21.


 Use Dallas-Ft. Worth sectional chart

 OKC departure time — 1900Z

 True Airspeed (TAS) — 110 kts

 Distances — measure in nautical miles

 Fuel Consumption — 11.0 gallons per hour

 Pilot — (name – Ace) 190 lbs. Private pilot 17 years old

 Passenger — (name – Joker) 150 lbs. Student pilot 16 years old

 Luggage — 20 lbs.

 Aircraft empty weight — 1350 lbs. & Moment 51.5 

 Fuel Tanks Full – (48 gal)  (Min. octane – 100)  12/7/19 at 1830Z

 Cessna 172 — single-engine, 150 hp, fixed pitch prop, flaps, non-retracting gear

What is the youngest legal age Ace (as PIC) could be on this x-country? ___________

The minimum medical certificate required for Ace is a _____________ Class.

What telephone number will Ace use to call for a 

Flight Service Station briefing?  ___  _____  ______  _________

When Ace received an initial FSS briefing more than six hours prior to departure, he

requested an ________ briefing.  A complete briefing an hour before the proposed

departure is a _________briefing.  Another call to the FSS just minutes prior

to the flight for a specific segment is referred to as an ___________ briefing.

A Special VFR Clearance can be requested by Ace at night.  T  F

Ace’s proposed departure time from OKC is 1900Z, convert that to local time. _________ central standard time _______ 24-hour clock time

TFR stands for _____________  ____________  ___________

Can Ace knowingly violate a FAR during an emergency?  Yes  No

Find weather surface observations (METAR) to determine if the airports    Page 2

are currently reporting VFR conditions.

 What are the cloud base(AGL), visibility(SM ) and visibility restriction  at:

OKC  —  

PRX  —

ADS  —

METAR KOKC 301245Z  28009KT / 17SM / SKC / 27/11 / A2970

METAR KPRX  301245Z  21012KT / 3SM BR/ FEW 004  SCT120 / 27/11 / A2968

METAR KADS  301246Z  18011G25 / 5SM -RA / BKN11 / 28/24 / A2974

Based on these METARs, do VFR conditions exist?  Y  N  (circle one)


(UA)  OKC UA /OV OKC/ TM 1917/ FL 045/ TP C172/ TA 11/ WV 18037/ 

 TB Occasional moderate turbulence surface to 50.  Smooth above.

1.  What kind of turbulence might Ace

expect while departing OKC to PRX?  __________________

2.  Ace may have to slow the airplane to what V-speed? _______________

3.  Why? 

4.  If Ace encountered severe turbulence, which flight

condition should he attempt to maintain?  _______________________

5.  Determine the following from the PIREP above:

Altitude – _____________  Type of aircraft – _____________

Temperature – _________    Winds aloft – _____________  

 Location – ____________   Time – ___________

6.  When unforecasted adverse weather is experienced during flight, it is

 recommended to advise the FSS with a Pilot Report (PIREP).  T  F

7.  A PIREP can be transmitted to a FSS over a communication radio.  T  F

8.  A PIREP is a portion of a FSS preflight briefing.  T  F

If the rotating beacon is in operation at ADS (1) what colors will be observed …and 

(2) it indicates what during daylight hours?

Forecasted winds/temperature aloft  (FD)  Page 3

 (Do not interpolate  —  use nearest forecast altitude)

FT  3000  6000  9000  12000 

OKC 0608  2012+17  2337+02  3337-04

On the sectional map draw true course lines, determine distances, and find magnetic

variation.  Then decode forecasted winds aloft and use OKC (FD) for all leg segments.

First leg  >>  OKC to PRX  >>  altitude  —  13,500 ft.

Distance ________nm  True Course (TC)  ____________ degrees  

FD_________  degrees  ________  kts  Ground speed (GS) ________  kts

Wind correction angle (WCA) ______degrees  (L or R)  Time Enroute _______min.  

True heading (TH)____degrees  Magnetic Heading (MH) ______ degrees

Isogonic value (MV)______degrees (E or W)   Fuel consumed  ____gal

What is the Density Altitude at OKC?

(Refer to Figure 8,  A2-9 and OKC METAR)

Altimeter setting _______  Conversion factor _______  Airport elevation_______

Temperature _______  Pressure Altitude _______  Density altitude _______

Ace finds this data block on the sectional chart.  Indicate the meaning of each entry.  (9 points possible)

Will Rogers  (OKC)

CT – 119.35  C  ATIS 125.85

1295  L  98

***ATTENTION: Fill in the blanks from 1 to 17 for the OKC to PRX leg only,

(also, which FSS?)  …some creativity may be necessary!  [See appendix  A]

See PRX AFD [appendix B] for the following questions 

What frequency activates the VASI for runway 35 at PRX?  __________  This VASI

has a __________ degree glide angle and threshold crossing height of __________ feet.

PRX has an AWOS:    What is it? ________  What frequency?  _______


1.  PRX has four runways/landing surfaces.  What are they?

____/____  ____/____  ____/____  ___________

2.  Based on the PRX METAR answer Ace’s landing consideration:

a. ….wind direction ________ b. wind velocity _________

c. …land on which specific runway _____

 1.  width?________  2.  length?_____  

3. landing distance available?  _____  4.  landing obstacles?  _____

 d. headwind component?  (use figure 36, page A2-29)  _____________

 e. Determine total ground roll based on sea level and 59 degrees F.

   (see note:  use figure 3, page A2-31)  ________________

f. (Refer to figure 36, page A2-29)  Determine the cross-wind component

 if Ace elects to land on runway 14.  __________

g. What does an “X” on the end of a runway indicate?  __________

According to the METAR at PRX

1.  There is a layer of scattered clouds.  Determine the cloud’s height:

a.  Above Sea Level ______   b.  Above Ground Level  _____

2.   Descending from 13,500 ft. into PRX, pictorially and quantitatively depict cloud clearances (1) above and (2) below 10,000 ft MSL.  


4.  Based on the temperature and dew point, at what altitude might Ace find cumulus

 clouds.  Demonstrate the formula.  (remember:  C to F conversion)

What ground based navigational facility near PRX will assist Ace in locating the airport?  

______________  …..on what frequency?  ______________

Locate a military training route (MTR) Ace will cross approximately 15 statute miles

Northwest of PRX…identify the types and identifiers.  ________  ___________

PRX airport lies on the PRX VOR-DME _________ degree radial.

What is the minimum radio equipment needed to land at PRX airport? _________

Pat Mayse Lake is located northwest of PRX:

a.  What is the lowest altitude Ace can fly over the lake?  ________ AGL

b.  What’s the effect on altitude if the lake was a national wildlife refuge? ______

c.  What radial range from PRX VOR does the lake lay?  _______ to _______

Approaching PRX Joker yells, “red over red”, what’s the system and what’s the concern?  __________________________

At PRX Ace performs a very hard landing and suspects the ELT was activated.  Page 5

How would he determine this?

Second Leg  >>  PRX to ADS  >>  altitude 2500 ft. (label values)

Distance _______  TC________  FD ____  ____  GS ______  WCA ____ L or R

TH _____  Time enroute______ Fuel  _____ MV ______  MH _______

On what ground based  Navigational Facility frequency near PRX would Ace communicate

with FSS?  _________  which FSS? ____________________

Seventeen miles southwest of PRX Ace observes another airplane at his 12 o’clock

position, opposite direction, and at the same altitude.  What should both pilots do?

Upon arriving at ADS, Ace notes that the control tower controller isn’t answering his

radio calls.  He continues toward the airport and observes a steady green light directed 

toward him from the control tower. (1)  What does it mean and (2) what will he do?

What radio frequencies will be used for the ADS arrival?  (See sectional)

 ATIS ______  Ground control _______ Tower ________  Approach _______


(1)  Draw the route of this entire x-country on the reverse side of this page and

(2)  encircle the segments where a transponder with Mode C is required.

Which airports (ADS, PRX, OKC) are physically within the following airspace classes? 

Class A ___  Class B ___  Class C ___  Class D ___  Class E ___  Class G ____

What symbols on the sectional chart did you use to determine the answers above?

Determine the following airspace altitude:  …..carefully…. Very carefully  

base of Class E over PRX _______MSL  top of Class B over ADS ______MSL

base of Class B over ADS_______AGL  base of Class B at ADS  ______MSL

top of Class C at OKC  _______MSL  top of Class D over ADS ______MSL

base of a Victor Airway  _______AGL  base of Class C at OKC  ______AGL

top of Class A over PRX  _______MSL  top of Class G over PRX ______AGL

Can Ace legally use your Dallas – Ft. Worth aeronautical chart for his proposed flight?  

Y  N  Why? 

FAA Advisory Circulars containing subject matter specifically related to Airspace

are issued under which subject number?  ________

 Weight and Balance  Page 6  

Use the weight and balance graph (figure 34, page A2-27) to determine if Ace loaded the plane properly before he departs OKC.  Refer to all “Givens on 1st page”….empty weight, oil, etc.

Total Gross Weight _________ Moment _______  C.G.  ______ inches aft of datum line

….is within center of gravity envelope?  Y  N

Items  Weight  Moment

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