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.
: beware of ready room coffee! (grin)
Buzz Fuselsausage:Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice, taildragger pilot for fun