For many folks, cross-country trips are what flying is all about. Instead of simply flying around their own airport and town they would prefer to fly somewhere for the weekend—or a week; without having to follow winding roads in the family car. They want to travel "as the crow flies"; except faster. Even if you never want to leave your home base, there's much you can learn about flying by preparing for your first solo cross-country flight. You'll learn about using a flight computer, maintaining a heading, calculating your ground speed, and many other vital skills. Besides, a solo cross-country trip is required to get your sport-pilot certificate. Who knows? Someday you might decide to take your new sport airplane on vacation to WallyWorld!