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Just Completed My First Solo  
User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1567 posts, RR: 19
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Hello all,
I just thought it would be a worthy note that I just flew my first Solo. Besides I'm never going to be able to say that again!

One step closer.... April 06 2004 VH-FUD Cessna 152, Archerfield, Australia (YBAF).


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User currently offlineB747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Congratulations Trevor...
The first solo, is ONE THING you will never forget in your life.
I remember mine, 1958 was the year, like... yesterday, in a Piper Cub...
My thinking was, after the takeoff "whow, what a rate of climb"...!
Merely because the plane was 70 kg lighter - minus the instructor...
And being alone in the back seat, the way you had to solo these things.
There will be other firsts maybe for you...
When you get your PPL... maybe taking your mom, or dad as your first passengers.
For me it was my dad, a pilot himself.
And if you continue further, the day you are a CPL, and collecting your first dollar as pilot.
Memorable times. Good luck, all the best to you, Mate...!
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1567 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

Thank you Skipper!
I certainly will not forget this day, ever! Yes, the rate of climb is something I noticed! Not suprising considering you're flying almost 10% lighter!

There will certainly be other firsts, my course is taking me up past CPL to ATPL Theory. I'm looking forward to them very much. I have some photos that I took before my solo and a video/photo of my plane taking off and taxying in, ensures I won't forget it!

Thanks again Skipper  Big grin


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User currently offlineB747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Dear Trevor -
We are borderline on "personal messages" (A.Net rule XX), so a non-personal question...
What is the tradition for solo in Australia...?
Or what is the initiation tradition...
Mine - I was thrown in a swimming pool (rather cold) all dressed-up...
Do they cut your tie, and hang it in the aeroclub bar...?
Or do they cut portion of your shirt or T-shirt...?
Were you forced to down 12 V-Bs in 12 minutes...?
Other pilots here...
What are the traditions at your aeroclub or flight school...?
Happy contrails -
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1567 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

I know this makes my school sound a bit boring, but no ice box over my head or anything exciting, just handshakes from the rate 1 instructors. I'm sure it has something to do with having a diverse range of students from around the world (me being one of them from Hong Kong) and some of them would not understand being thrown into a swimming pool. (haha)

I guess my school prefers to maintain a formality. Right now, I have been put under the beer and vodka tank by my student friends Big grin Better not have too much, flying tomorow morning!  Big grin

I have read people being thrown into fountains, pools, I'm interested to know other schools tradition.


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User currently offlineNWA ARJ From United States of America, joined May 2001, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

After I completed my solo earlier this year they made me takoeff my jacket and they took a black sharpie and wrote all over my shirt. It said something like first solo at UND and some other stuff. They also took a picture of me standing next to the Warrior. I also got my PPL a week ago which was pretty cool.

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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Congrats!! My first solo was a monumental experience that I will never forget. It is so exciting to hear about people taking that first step.

3/31/04, C-152

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

Congratulations! No matter what, you are now a pilot. You are not a finished product, but you are a pilot. You will never forget that day - even if you can't remember it.

I was lucky to get two "first" soloes. I did the regular thing in a C-150 (N6198T) and the only "tradition" was that I was allowed to buy lunch for my instructor at the hamburger place across the road.

A year or two later with a private license in my pocket I had my first "solo" of a military trainer. I just went along with it. Got thrown in the post swimming pool on our way back from the airfield, still have pictures of that. Had to wear giant wings on my uniform for a few days after, and got to sew class number wings on my ball cap. I still think of both events as my first solo.

So, good on ya! You've saved your own life by landing the plane.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

The first solo is great. I just went on my cross country solo, and it was no where near as great as my first solo. Congrats, you have now acted as Pilot-in-command.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

Am I the only one who doesn't really remember their first solo that much? I think it's because it happened so fast. My instructor just got out of the plane one day and said its yours, so I took it and did a couple hops around the pattern and landed. I was excited at the time, but the memory is fading.

I'll never forget my solo X/Cs and checkride though. Those are clear as day in my head.


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

The tradition at my flight school was to wear a white t-shirt every single dual lesson until you soloed, and I did... except on the day I soloed (Murphy's law everybody!) Had to sacrifice a really expensive black t-shirt where my CFI put date, AC, location and so on on it with paint. I then got photographed, and things didn't exactly turn worse when all of a sudden two hotties from a nearby college turned up to write an article on that specific airport. Needless to say, I got my picture taken with them too, under the wing...


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2510 times:


Your not alone...I barely remember mine even though it was only about 2.5 years ago...quite frankly I didn't really consider it a big deal either, just another flight around the pattern except sans CFI in the right seat...as for traditions, at my school they cut off the logo of my shirt (which was a Hard Rock Cafe shirt) into the shape of a wing badge and made a certificate out of that, which of course I still have...


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User currently offlineTano From Argentina, joined Nov 1999, 59 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2509 times:


You now (and forever) begin to learn!

In Argentina after you make your first solo, you have to invite all the flight school to eat an "asado" (barbecue) on site.

It is often called an aeronautical asado as the fire is lit with a small can of 100LL!

Enjoy your new freedom!

User currently offlineSean1234 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

On my first solo I happened to be wearing a "Nirvana" (as in the rock band) t-shirt. My instructor cut it off of me and wrote under Nirvana "is flying 8-tango-romeo," kind of funny.


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Conmgrats on your solo! Thats very coo.

NWA ARJ, congrats on the ppl as well.

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User currently offlineBsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

As they say, "Nice one, Brother!"

I remember my first solo - August 1990 - I sang all the way along downwind leg...

We had a thing that the first person from the course who went solo copped all the flak... it went a bit flat on our course because all the 'stunts' were male-oriented... but it was a female (top respect, Jo!) who went solo first (6 hours 50 mins), and none of the male instructors wanted to get sued or beaten up (even more top respect, Jo!). I went solo second (7 hours 30 mins), and everything was a bit subdued after that...

Good luck with the next 40 years (or more) of your career!

The definition of a 'Pessimist': an Optimist with experience...
User currently offlineANA777Master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

ha ha. I complete a solo almost every night before bed.

User currently offlineSupraZachAir From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Feb 2004, 635 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

My first solo was just ealier this year. The best part is when checking the flight controls in run-up and not smacking your knees with the yoke.  Big grin Also your first soft field take off solo is nice, no dead weight (read: CFI) means it feels that much cooler. I've got two more x-countries, a couple locals, a final stage check, an end of course check, then the dreaded check ride! Only a couple weeks left. Fun stuff.

User currently offlineDeltajax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Yeah- I remember my solo cross country more than my actual first solo (Dec. 9, 2003). Mostly because all I did on my first solo was a few laps around the pattern one very early morning. The solos got more exciting after that, I got to do a solo out to the practice area and I flew at 1000 ft. over Jacksonville Beach, careful not to enter Mayport NAS airspace. Then my solo cross country was the best, since I knew I could fly between two different airports of great distant (which is what I will be doing as an airline pilot). After my first solo, the back of my white t-shirt was cut off by my instructor and he wrote the n-number, date and all that stuff and a friend drew a pic of a 172. I still need to frame that shirt. I got my PPL on March 15, 2004. Today I passed the stage 1 (out of 3) check ride for my instrument- BAI, interception and tracking, timed turns, stalls, slow flight, partial panel, etc... Good luck on your training everyone.

NormalSpeed- what do u mean by 3/31/04? That obviously is not your first solo as your are already a CFI.

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1803 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Congratulations "Captain"! (Well, you were the sole manipulator of the controls, right?, so you were PIC)  Big grin

Ahh, I remember mine.... not a long time ago; Cessna 152, N4789P, Stinson Municipal Airport (the second oldest civil airfield in the US) in San Antonio Tx. Oct. 3rd, 2001.

Maybe the best encouraging words I can think right now, are the ones my instructor once told me:

"Ramon, in this career, every accomplishment is only a permission to keep learning" Well... that and "Keep the blue side up" Big grin

RM  Smile

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User currently offlineLiamksa From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Well done Trevor

Now you have to work towards that PPL so you can rent a plane and come visit down at YMMB!

For me the greatest flight was my first solo x-country. Getting 150nm out of the area you know so well and looking across to see an empty seat is amazing. "I'm flying this little beauty all by myself, and I'm not even lost!  Big grin"

Good luck with it all...

User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1567 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Thanks very much guys for sharing your experiences and for the encouragement. I look forward to my first x-country in the future, and take your suggestions into account.

Liamksa, if I ever get to fly out that far, I'll letcha know!

See you in the air  Smile


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User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Congratulations Trevor !

I've had one intro flight in a 172 and I got so overwhelmed with being in the left seat I didn't know left from right !  Sad

Maybe sometime in the future we'll being hearing over the pre take-off announcement that our captain on a Qantas flight is Trevor X....

By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineBuzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Hi Airbus A340, Buzz here. While learning to fly i'd type out the signifcant things i was trying to do during that lesson, reviewing it and writing / typing it made it stick better in my mind. Then i'd do better the next time.

I wanted to learn to fly old airplanes, my first dozen hours were in an Aeronca Champ (fabric covered, tailwheel), then switched to the basic yellow Piper Cub. So my solo flight was with the windows open, 3 full stop landings and then a "victory lap" over to Green Mountain and back (5 miles away).

The post-solo ceremony is to cut the back of your shirt off, then you and your instructor write on it with a felt pen. The fragments of shirts are thumb-tacked up on the walls of the "Ready Room" where we hang out at Evergreen Airfield, not far from Portland Oregon.

I finished up my private pilot ticket in the Mighty Cessna 150, with occasional flights in the Cubs to relax my mind and have fun flying. After my Checkride, i had a brief hop with an instructor to sign off the tailwheel endorsement.

I hear the tradition of cutting the back of the shirt off was a relic of the 20's: to get your attention an instructor could reach the back of your seat, and tug on the tail of your shirt. Since you're now a safe enough pilot no tugging was needed.

And keep learning about flying, i go to local seminars, take my CFI buddies out to play with Classic airplanes and we learn from each other.
PS: beware of ready room coffee! (grin)

Buzz Fuselsausage:Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice, taildragger pilot for fun

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