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How Many Hours Before Solo?  
User currently offlineMarrrty From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4609 times:

Okay, for those of you on this forum that either have your Private Pilot's License, or are working towards it - how many hours of circuits did you have to do before being cleared to go solo?

Anyone?

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User currently offlineBiggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Marrrty,

I actually don't have a PPL at the moment, nor am I working on one currently (though would like to soon).

However, I did do a few hours of flying whilst I was still in my University Air Squadron (about 25) and this included circuits and various solo flights, etc.

I didn't go solo until about my 12th Sortie so I had about 2 1/2 hours of actual circuit training (dual) before taking my first actual solo trip (a flight of about 4 minutes). I then went on to do another 5 hours of circuits (half dual and half solo) for the circuit consolidation, which included normal, glide, low-level and flapless circuits.

Are you currently awaiting your first solo? Perhaps you've already been, or maybe your way ahead and already have your licence, etc? If so, how many hours of actual circuit training did you go through before going solo?

On another note, I did a small gliding scholarship when 16 in the grop Vigilant, and went solo after the short 8 hr course (which covered basic handling and circuits, etc). Some guy I did it with managed to solo after just 5 1/2 hours, though I believe the average was still 8 hours in total).

Hope this helps - if I'm repeating myself its because I'm dog tired and need sleeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

Biggles


User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

I had 16 hours if I remember back correctly.

Did 3 full stop landings w/ instructor, then 3 by my self....best feelinge ever.


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

17 for me, I might be a slow learner, but at least I did mannage to solo that and several other times and live to tell the tale, and not bend anything!!

User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4562 times:

I went solo on my 12th hour. It was a thrill....

CL215T



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User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4561 times:

First solo after 11 hours of dual if I remember correctly. This was at WJF in the summer of 1979; a Cessna 150.

2nd best feeling ever.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

I went solo on my 11th hour. Ah, the memories!  cloudnine 

cheers,
Patrick



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User currently offlineAT502B From South Africa, joined Dec 2004, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4542 times:

Went solo in a tricycle gear in 10 hours, 43 hours later finally soloed in a conventional gear airplane- now that was awesome  Wink


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4536 times:

Soloed at 15 hours, took my checkride at 40.

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

I don't remember exactly... I had somewhere around 20 when I soloed.

checkride at 40, huh Flyf15? I never thought the bare minimum was actually possible!



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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Cheated death by myself on the 11th hour on a busy day at SNA - boy was that FUN!!!!!


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User currently offlineNoboeingNogoin From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

I soloed with about 120 hours. I started flying when I was 14 and had to wait until 16! Although, I actaully did solo a month before my 16th bday in a glider with 10 hours (because I had more than 40 logged airplane hours).
Alex


User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

I had 11.5 hours when I soloed on my 16th birthday. After that I went to get my drivers license... The important things always come first!

User currently offlineFlyer737sw From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

First solo flight at about 27 hours...Got my private at 55 hours...
I would reccomend saving all the money up front, then fly at least 3 times a week...You should have it done in about 2-3 months...Unfortunetely I didn't do that...First hour logged was on 06/08/99, soloed on 02/06/00, and recieved my private on 07/08/00...So a little over a year from start to finish...

Kevin


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

Actually, getting the private rating is indeed possible at the minimum 40 hours. My Dad got his at 40 due to his skills and the drive of the instructors. I may begin flight training at some point in the future but have not quite made the decision yet. It'll take me some practice but I'm certain that I will be able to do it within the standard amount of time.


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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

I soloed at around 13 hours. I was very nervous. When I was cleared to take-off I remember checking if the doors were closed and looked at the cabin and it was empty. I had that feeling of a tourist lost in an unfamiliar country. I just said to my-self Holly S--t I can't believe I'm doing this, what am I doing flying a plane. Once I trimmed the controls on the climb I felt a little more relaxed.

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

I went solo just after 12 hours.

User currently offlineZBBbird From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 58 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

Soloed after 8 hours dual and got my PPL in 45 hours. I will never forget the feeling of that first solo flight (or the bucket of cold water after)  Smile

User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2266 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

I soloed with 13.5 hours and took my check ride with 46.5. I was terrified at my solo as I had no idea I was going to solo... my instructor sprung it on me. But it was one of the most exhilerating experiences of my life!


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User currently offlineKevin82277 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4318 times:

Soloed in 8 hours. It was the best feeling in the world, never will forget it.

User currently offlineMarrrty From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Hi All,

Thanks for your responses. I'm at 18 hours, and will probably be cleared to solo within another hour or two of dual. From the sounds of some of the responses, I think things may be different here in Canada within the last few years, as the instructors are telling me that 18 - 20 hours is the norm.

Regardless, it is a ton of fun, and something I've wanted to do since I was a kid.

Cheers, and thanks once again for all the responses.

Marrrty


User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

My instructor picked me late one afternoon at the Bridgeport, CT airport and I flew the C-150 back to MacArthur (ISP). By the time we arrived at ISP the beacon was on, indicating that night flight conditions were in effect. After I landed the airplane, he told me to stop short of the runway intersections, got a clearance from the tower, got out and sent me on my way.
I didn't know he had planned to have me solo until that moment!! I was too busy concentrating on my flying to get a case of the nerves and so I technically soloed at night!!
I had 14 hours flight time when I soloed.


User currently offlineCOFreqFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Had to dig my logbook out for this one... soloed at 13.4hrs, did my check ride at 50.8hrs.


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