Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1638 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
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1581 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!
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4394 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1564 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.
DG_pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 856 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1556 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!!!".
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4291 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1550 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! :
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1542 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!!!
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1011 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1537 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 ) 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!