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My First Cross Country

Sorry for taking so long for posting about my cross country.  School has been extremely hectic making it hard to simply sit down and blog.  Well, Wednesday was finally a success.  After coming home from school, I quickly packed my flight bag and sped to the airport.  Even with the extra hour of sunlight, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to complete my cross country in daylight.  When I got there, Dana once again checked over my flight plan.  everything checked out good, so I pre-flighted the plane and we left.  The ceiling was a little low so we had to change our planned altitudes.  Our first checkpoint, the Western edge of Lake Geneva came about a minute later than I thought it would.  This was perfectly acceptable though, because it’s hard to plan for climbing out and leaving the airport.  The second checkpoint, Janesville, we hit within about 30 seconds of our proposed time.  That’s considered pretty good in cross country planning.  Because Janesville was a Class Delta airport (Class airspace is a whole other post), I was required to talk to air traffic control.  Things went uneventful as I passed through Janesville.  Next checkpoint was the Monroe Airport in Monroe, Wisconsin.  This airport I would be landing at however.  With a strong wind coming from the North West, I was lucky to pick this airport which has a runway facing directly into the wind.  Both the landing and takeoff from Monroe was uneventful.  Our next two checkpoints, the Koshkonong River and Lake mills, were hit within 30 seconds again.  So far so good; everything was going according to plan.  At Watertown, there was also two runways with one orientated into the wind.  Again the landing and takeoff were uneventful.  Talking with one of the flight businesses on the airport was amusing though.  Wisconsin Aviation is known for having delicious cookies, or so Dana claims.  Anyway, every time a plane makes a call to land, the ladies at Wisconsin Aviation are trained to be very helpful and courteous.  So right after I say “Watertown traffic, Cessna 64920 back taxi (moving on the runway back to the beginning of it) on 29 for departure” a very nice lady comes on and asks if we need anything.  Dana says to ask about the cookies.  Long story short, they were offering apple raisin cookies that day and as much as we would love a couple, we had to be on our way.  Our last checkpoint, East Troy Airport, came merely nine seconds after I had planned it.  That is considered excellent in the terms of cross country planning.  Again everything went normal until Westosha.  Because Westosha only has one runway, we had to fight an extremely mean crosswind.  Dana explained that as a student, I generally shouldn’t be flying with these strong of winds.  Thanks to Dana and a lot of authoritative rudder control, we finally got the plane down.  I taxied to the fuel pump to refuel the tanks, then moved the airplane to the tie down area.  2.4 hours more in the book and a great look at the main function of airplanes travel.  Thanks for reading everyone!

-Evan Krueger

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