Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2178 times:
I agree with XFSUgimpLB41X. When I did my First Solo in 1986, the average time was 15 hrs. It took me 18 hrs though, thanks to the weather in Toronto during the winter. My flight school's policy was that...if 30 days or more passed between lessons, your next lesson had to be a review of your last one. You couldn't advance to the next exercise. That was BullSh*t if you ask me. It was a way to get more money out of the students. It was also an insult...sugesting that I had no memory! Who knows what Transport Canada's PPL training rules are today.
I remember having a Cessna 150/52 booked for Friday, Saturday and Sunday every weekend for 3 months in the winter of 86, and every lesson was cancelled due to weather! That sure didn't help any.
I guess every country and flight school is different in the area of rules.
Also, some schools allow their students to fly around the pattern 2 or 3 times, performing a few Touch and Go's during their First Solo flight. Some only allow one trip around the patch. Like mine!
PS. I tape recorded my First Solo from the cockpit. It's cool to listen to now and then.
Nicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2170 times:
My first solo was at 12 hours, it was the best flight I ever had!
Like Chris said every school will set a limit of circuit patterns you can fly, mine was only one. Be sure to know how much you are allowed, I know someone who flew 6 circuits before the tower called him up and tell him that the school wants him to make this landing a full stop, the instructor forgot to brief him on the 1 circuit limit.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2154 times:
Thanks again all...I am on Lesson 8 of my flight school's program, solo is Lesson 11, and it takes me approximately 1 to 2 flights to complete one of the lessons, so I have about 4 to 6 lessons left, which, if all goes well on my current schedule, would set the big date for sometime in late October or early November, I'll keep you guys posted...
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EricCieslar From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
i did mine at 9 hours
im pretty sure i could have done it at atleast 7 if i did it full time and the wheather wasnt crapp. i reamember i was ment to do it at 8 hours but the wheather wasnt good and i wanted to fly anyway so i went up for an hour with the instructor. i now have 37 hours and im about to start my nav training.
Citation501sp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 204 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
7.5 for myself but the flight school here at the airport averages around 15-20 hours per student. Alot of it depends on the student themselves, my time was on the low side while i've heard of and know some students who end up with 40 50 hours before hand. But once you solo it is a feeling that you never come down from.
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 643 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
To answer the question: I don't really remember. Which tells you how much significance time to solo has in my mind. There's guys who take forever to solo, and pass their checkride right off. Then there's people who solo right off, and bust their checkride. To solo means that you only have the eye/hand, physical control of the airplane down. There are so many more components of a safe, competent pilot. So why worry about comparing solo times?
TAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
Forget about averages for solo times and stuff, meaningless. Different scenarios, different course, different weather etc etc lead to eronious figures.
You go when your ready, not when to average says you should.
You go when your instructor says your ready, not when the syllabus says you should.
ie. You fly from a paddock, where you land in any direction and take off in any direction, and where there is no travel to a designated training area, it will take you 5 hours to go solo.
If you fly from a busy GA aerodrome, where you are always holding and there is alot of taxiing, lots of go arounds and weather is shitty, strong x-winds, and where the training area is not directly adjacent to the aerodrome, it can take what will seem like an eternity.
So forget about averages, forget about going solo, it will happen, but the more you think about it, the more pressure you put on yourself and thats the last thing you need.
BMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4 Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Started on my PPL in November and soloed in March, after 14 hrs. Couldn't fly for 6 weeks around Christmas, due to the not-so-efficient bureaucratic machine in the US. After 6 hrs dual, I appearenly had the wrong visa...
Sucks to be a foreigner sometimes!
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25 Saintsman: As others have mentioned, don't make a big deal about time. I know it's a big milestone but you need to solo when you are ready and safe. And safe is
26 FSPilot747: I soloed on something of about 25 or so hours. I would have done it quicker but I kept taking long breaks 'cause of school, and at the time only flew
27 KYIPpilot: I think it was around 22 hours for me. Everytime I was ready, it was either too windy or the clouds/vis would not permit it.
28 Fly727: 19.3 9/11 got me at my hour 10. I pretty much had to start all over again after being grounded for 23 days. RM
29 Saleem: 4 hrs and 20 minutes For RCC - Recreational Competency Certificate For Ultralight Aircrafts