Stoicescu
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First Solo Flight

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:10 pm

Hi everyone I did my first solo flight today! I was very excited for this moment but this week it didn't seem that it will happen because of the bad weather forecast ... fortunately for me the weather people ware wrong and when I woke up today it was sunny (they said snow/rain). Interesting enough my instructor had another student doing his first solo x-country today just during the time I was scheduled to do mine (other airplane).

I did my preflight and me and my instructor went up to do a few laps around the pattern to see how my landings are today (wind 300@14 directly on runway heading). My first landings ware safe but ware not as good as I usually do and that made me a bit more tense. After around 3 laps around the pattern it all came together (winds ware now around 13-14 kts but direction was variable around 30 degrees). After 5 landings or so he asked me to take him to the ramp, I gave him my camera to take some pictures and than he said "have fun". I deplaned for 2 minutes or so and than it sort of hit me that I will solo and I became a bit nervous. I got into the airplane and started doing my checklists and every bit of fear disappear. I was extremely calm (I was even thinking about it ... why am I so calm? I should be more nervous etc.)

It was time to start the engine ... I engaged the starter (it didn't start)... I moved the throttle fast (still nothing) and than with a big grin on my face I looked at my instructor (he was sitting on the ramp) and he made me a sign to move the throttle to full and mixture to Idle/cutoff (it was flooded) but than I have this small difficulty ... I only have 2 hands and I have to:

1) Engage the starter with left hand

2) After engine starts move mixture back to rich and throttle to 1000 rpm in the same time.

It worked great and engine has started (after start checklist completed) and contacted AOO radio to advise them that I am taxiing for departure. I was still very calm (I tried not to look much at the right seat tho)

- My first lap around the pattern was very good and with a nice landing
- My second lap was good but I was high turning base to final and I was thinking that probably the best thing is to go around but I decided against it, I was able to get on the glide path but I had an excess of around 15 kts so I had to keep the plane longer in ground effect to bleed off the speed. The runway is only 3668 x 75 so I decided that the safest thing is to taxi back (rather than do a touch and go) while I was taxiing back for departure AOO radio told me that a King Air is scheduled for arrival at 2205 zulu that was in around 7 minutes.
- My 3rd lap was very good and while I was turning base the King Air announced himself and that he wants to use runway 03 (even tho the prefered runway was 30) and he said he is 9 miles out. That got me thinking because runway 03 and 30 intersect at around half way point and I got the conclusion that I was closer and lower and I have the right of way. Landing was good! Everyone congratulated me and I got my t-shirt signed and put on the wall.

I still don't realize how big this is, it will probably hit me in 1 day or 2.

[Edited 2006-03-26 10:38:13]
 
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RE: First Solo Flight

Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:16 pm

Congratulations for your first solo, great achievement! The grin will eventually wear off after a week or so Big grin

Good luck for the rest of your PPL. It will only get easier and even more fun from now on!

-Manuel
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flyboy80
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:51 am

Hey! Congradulations! My first solo was an awesome experience, had it in class delta airspace with two paralell runways in operation with commerical traffic. I remember when I called ground I could feel a little nervousness inside, but I just pushed it away because I knew that this would be my career and I had no choice but to succeed. You will fly a lot in your life (hopefully) and through all those times, your first solo will stick out the longest! Congradulations and happy flying!
 
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:10 am

Stoicescu where did you take this flight at? I see you used AOO flight service, that's why I ask, I'm originally from that area. Congrats on your acheivement!
 
Stoicescu
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:35 am

Altoona Blair airport KAOO
 
futureualpilot
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:41 am

Congrats on your first solo! As someone told me, enjoy it but remember you are always learning in the cockpit!
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dw747400
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:38 am

Congratulations! It is a great achievement. Best of luck as you continue on to the PPL!

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 5):
but remember you are always learning in the cockpit!

I'll second that. I can't think of a flight where I haven't learned something, even if it was small.
CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
 
bond007
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:55 am

Congratulations.

I remember my first solo - I am such a nervous person, but like you, it all disappeared and I hardly knew I was by myself because of all the concentration etc.

One thing is for sure. The time after solo, when you fly around by yourself, is where the learning curve does a steep upward turn. Your confidence increases once you realize you can actually fly from A to B without an instructor in the right seat.

Jimbo
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
 
atct
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:39 am

Congratulations!!!

Im from western PA myself. Congrats on soloing. Its a great achievement.

Make sure you take that shirt with you when you leave the school and hang it up with pride. Its a great thing to truly be a pilot. (some day its when you get your license, bah!, its the day you are up there by yourself and the only one at the controls). Congrats again.

Take Care,

-Clint
(ATC Instructor, Community College of Beaver County)
Trikes are for kids!
 
pilotpip
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RE: First Solo Flight

Mon Mar 27, 2006 2:26 pm

I want to congradulate you on your first solo, and commend you for a great decision on that second landing to make it a full stop-taxi back. You're not only learning, you're showing the marks of a safe private pilot!

I sent my first student on a solo x-c today so it was a monumentous day for me too. You'll never forget this day! You're officially a pilot!
DMI
 
Stoicescu
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RE: First Solo Flight

Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:05 am

Congrats Pilotpip!

Thanks everyone for the good words!
 
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RE: First Solo Flight

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:49 am

Congrats on your first solo. They're certainly memorable experiences.

See http://www.airliners.net/discussions...n_polls/read.main/76214/6/#ID76214 for more solo experiences from a.net members.

-YVRtoYYZ
 
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RE: First Solo Flight

Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:03 am

Quoting ATCT (Reply 8):
Make sure you take that shirt with you when you leave the school and hang it up with pride. Its a great thing to truly be a pilot.

I still have mine from April 6, 1992 (I grabbed it after it had been hanging in the airport about a year...)  Cool

Sadly, at least here in the Pacific NW, this seems to be a dying tradition (the shirt tail).

And congrats Stoicescu and Pilotpip. Keep the greasy side towards the Earth, guys!!!
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
 
atct
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RE: First Solo Flight

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:52 pm

Yea it is a dying tradition.

At Pan Am Intl. Flight Academy @ BVI, they dont cut tails. I approached an instructor friend of mine and asked why he didnt rip the shirt off the back of the student? He told me he's never heard of such a thing.

The least to say I was astonished and deeply hurt. The flight school does "not condone such activity". thats a bunch of BS.

Its tradition, whether you like it or not. But again, this is coming from a Part 141 school....need I say more.


Congrats again on your solo mate! Hang that shirt w/ pride!


ATCT
Trikes are for kids!
 
AirWillie6475
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RE: First Solo Flight

Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:42 am

Congratulations for surviving the first solo flight. At how many hous did you solo? I remember my experience, the instructor told me not to crash and he hoped out of the plane. I wasn't really nervous but I remember when I got to pattern altitude it hit me that I was alone. To solo you need to have some quick thinking because the instructor can not teach you how to fly the plane when he is not there. The plane wants to climb faster and it doesn't want to descend. My instructor never really put emphasis on this and on my first run I was overwhelemd, but I got it right the next 2 runs.
 
Stoicescu
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RE: First Solo Flight

Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:30 am

17.8 hours I believe. It was suppose to happen faster but the flight school had to close its doors for 2 months or so and I had to do a review when I restarted. I was supposed to solo at 14 hours.

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