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User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Well guys, today was a very special day in my life. I went solo in the circuit area for the first time. After 9.5 hours total flying time, the instructor felt comfortable that I was ready to go. The C152 Aerobat was left all up to me, and I took it up and brought it down again without drama. Of course, I have to admit the landing wasn't the greatest as when I levelled off over the threshold, I had put too much back pressure and the aircraft ballooned. This day has been great Big grin


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User currently offlinePW4084 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Congratulations Qantas737, I hope that day sticks in your mind as a great memory for years to come. Good luck!

-Dan


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Well done, buddy!
Just one comment, as you fly more and more you will tell everyone that your best landing was when you went solo for the first time, we all do, pilot ego maybe!
Iain


User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Congratulations and well done, Qantas737. Fly Long & Prosper!!

Best Regards,

Buff


User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

Congrats! My solo was'nt uneventfull. I soloed here in Alaska, and the runway was covered in snow, so when I toughed down (crosswind) I nearly slid off the icy runway and into the control tower! I had to get it back in the air and land on north runway, facing into the wind. But, where you are, you won't ever have to worry about that. Good Luck!

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4334 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Good job on your first solo Qantas737.
My first solo was in last June when I did 3 solo landings. I'll never forget that day. My CFI drew a smiley face in my logbook and he thought I did a great job. However too bad he left the flight school. Yesterday I got to fly solo in the rain while the chief flight instructor signed me off to do some nice landings.

Regards,

Kevin/DCA


User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

""Yesterday I got to fly solo in the rain while the chief flight instructor signed me off to do some nice landings.""

Um....did you do that intentionally? Very interesting... lol


User currently offlineDG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

You took pictures didn't you? Be sure to frame your keepsakes, such as your pictures and solo certificate. Everytime you (and everyone else) look at them hanging up in your room you will think, "Damn- look at that stud!!!".  Wink/being sarcastic



User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4183 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

Congrats man! that's quite the big event. I soloed June of 98.. 3 dual landings, then my instructor hopped out at the control tower and i did 4 solo landings. My parents sat in the control tower and video taped each landing... man that was a cool day. There is actually a picture of the airplane that i flew in on here... Cessna 152 N48239 at LZU (Lawrenceville, just outside of Atlanta, GA). One of the photographers here apparently soloed in the same plane...because here she is! :



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User currently offlinePHLyBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Congrats, Qantas!!!!! You make us Airplane Geeks Proud! And some of us Jealous.....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

"Congratulations!" Qantas737. Welcome to the club! Every pilot in here remembers their "First Solo", of course. Did you notice the increase in climb rate without the weight of your instructor? -----I did my "first solo" in September of 1986 at the Toronto Island Airport. Everything went fine, although the controller surprised me when he "Cleared Me To Land" before I even started my turn onto crosswind. [He accidently used my "Call Sign" to clear another aircraft who was on short final because he knew I was on my "first solo", and thus he had "me" in the back of his mind]. One thing that's really "Cool", is that I recorded the whole flight. I simply put one of those small tape recorders [like you would use in a university lecture] in my dress shirt pocket, and hit play when my instructor left the C-152. You can here everything on the tape. The radio work, engine noise, even the wind outside as I pulled the power to idle and flared.---Once again, Congrats!!!


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User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 996 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Profs on the solo Qantas! There is definately nothing like that first solo flight. For myself it was just one circuit out at Calgary/Springbank(for some odd reason we just can't do our first solo's at the international  Wink/being sarcastic ) That brand new C-172 SP just jumped off the ground! It was the greatest, and then when I was down in one piece the controller gave me the profs as well!

Keep on flying and love every moment of it!


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