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joshdean
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16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:10 pm

Saw this on the local paper website:

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/e...dline=plane%2dcrazy-name_page.html

He's too young to drink and too young to vote - but high flier Michael Holmes is on cloud nine after earning his wings.

Aged just 16, the GCSE student has just made his first solo flight over Northumberland.

He took off from Newcastle Airport in a single engined Piper Warrior plane on a 15-minute, 30-mile round trip into the record books.
Michael is currently the youngest member of the Northumbria Flying Club and is now one of a handful of people in their mid-teens who have flown alone from the airport.

His successful solo flight came after 16 accompanied flying lessons and convinced Michael, a pupil at Morpeth's King Edward VI High School, that the sky is the limit for his career ambitions.

The solo flight is the first step towards his dream of captaining a Boeing superjet on routes across the world.

"It was absolutely fantastic to go solo and such a privilege to go up on my own because there was nobody else telling me what to do. It is an experience I will never forget," said Michael.

His soaring ambitions started at home in Stobhill Manor, Morpeth, two years ago when he was bought a computer flight simulator programme.

"I got the programme for Christmas and I was never off it. Then my dad arranged for me to have a flying lesson and I was hooked right away," he added.

Michael was just 14 when he made his first taster flight and since then has had roughly one lesson a month.

His dad Terry, 56, said he was probably more nervous than his son as he watched him taking off for his first solo flight.

"I could hardly watch the take-off, I was so nervous, but I was so proud when he touched down."

Mum Lynne, 47, had to stay at home while Michael flew his solo, because she was looking after his seven-year-old sister Bethany, who has just had tonsil surgery.

"But he called me as soon as he landed and said `I've done it!'," she said.

"It was a wonderful feeling and we are so proud of him.

"We're also pleased he's so determined to become a commercial pilot because he's 110% focused on what he wants to achieve and is working hard to achieve it."

Michael needs two more solo hours and further navigation training on a Piper Warrior over the next 12 months before he can sit a crucial exam.

If he passes he will take a flying test with an examiner, who will decide whether to grant him a private pilot's licence.

Once he has his PPL he will have to log another 1,000 solo hours before he will be able to look for an airline company willing to sponsor his commercial pilot training.

"I should have my private pilot's licence by the time I'm 17 and I want to become a flying instructor to build up my hours," he said.

"Then I will be getting in touch with airlines to see if I can find one to sponsor me."





I wonder if he actually said 'Boeing superjet'. Gotta love the media!  

This seems very young, how common is this?

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[Edited 2006-01-31 10:35:47]
 
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yowza
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:18 pm

16 wow! When I was sixteen, two days after getting my license I almost put a three series through a 7Eleven window, good for him to be flying solo by then! I hope to do so soon too.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:34 pm

Bravo Michael!

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
The solo flight is the first step towards his dream of captaining a Boeing superjet on routes across the world.

I'm sure you will be successful realizing your dream! ... But don't forget that there are not only Boeing aircrafts to pilot... There are also Eurofighters over there.... wink 
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:44 pm

Well done.

Although I've had to rethink my threshold for being impressed by young achievers after being informed this week that Mozart was writing his first symphonies at about 7.
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:35 pm

My brother is 16 and currently working on his instrument rating.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:59 pm

Well done Michael. I can vividly remember doing my first solo from Newcastle in Juliet Victor!

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
He took off from Newcastle Airport in a single engined Piper Warrior plane on a 15-minute, 30-mile round trip into the record books.

Since when did a first solo involve doing this?
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:11 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
I almost put a three series through a 7Eleven window

LOL!
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:13 pm

Good work! I soloed on my 16th birthday as well. Went from the airport to the DMV to get my driver's license right afterwards.
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:18 pm

Quoting Joshdean (Reply 6):
Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
I almost put a three series through a 7Eleven window

LOL!

roflcopter
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:26 pm

Quoting Flanker (Reply 8):
roflcopter

What does that mean?
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:30 pm

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):



Quoting Positiverate (Reply 7):
Good work! I soloed on my 16th birthday as well. Went from the airport to the DMV to get my driver's license right afterwards.

I did almost the same thing, except the DMV was closed on my birthday.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:34 pm

Well done, Michael.

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
This seems very young, how common is this?

It's not common, but certainly not unheard of either. I did 3 ground schools at 16 (Private, Instrument, Commercial) and would have had my Private Certificate at 17 had the winds cooperated.

I used to laugh that I could rent a brand new Cessna and fly to most of the country, but once arriving, I was way too young to rent a car.

At my carrier, we have a pilot (he's a 737 Captain now, IIRC) who soloed about 35 different aircraft on his 16th birthday, including a few helicopters I believe. His father owned an active FBO and had access to many aircraft.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:14 pm

One more piece of evidence that arbitrary age restrictions are unfair. Way to go boy!
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:15 pm

I flew solo at 16 (last July) as well, it's a great feeling  Smile. Now working towards finishing my PPL while still 17.

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5):
Since when did a first solo involve doing this?

Probably a couple of circuits of the airfield, you wouldn't fly out of sight of the airfield on your first solo. After a few solos you can often stay up for an hour or so.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:28 am

While I wish the heartiest of congratulations to Michael, I find that this article just describes the normal gidiness that every student has when they solo! It is unusual that he is so young. But I think that in the near future he will realize that there is more to getting into the front seat of a Boeing Superjet than just ratings and hours.

Quoting FlyHoss (Reply 11):
At my carrier, we have a pilot (he's a 737 Captain now, IIRC) who soloed about 35 different aircraft on his 16th birthday

Where in the world did he find the time to do this in one day?
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:51 am

Lol this is exactly what im doing, im doing my solo on my 16th Bday although thats miles away and they reckon im ready to go solo already and im 14, so i have to do NAV for now and on my 17th im taking my EPPL exam enough crap from me so Well Done to him.

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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:01 am

I wish my paper would have done an article about me when i soloed  Sad
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:50 am

I soloed when I was 16... howscome I didn't get a news article!!?  silly 
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:14 am

I soloed at 16 too... but I did get a news article  Wink Well, sort of... article was about CAP but a big chunk of it was about my solo.

Quoting Joshdean (Thread starter):
He took off from Newcastle Airport in a single engined Piper Warrior plane on a 15-minute, 30-mile round trip into the record books.

What record book? That particular airports? Nothing against the kid, anyone soloing is an accomlishment and he deserves recognition for his hard work. But this is not something extremely unique.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:58 pm

I first soloed at 16, PPL at 17, CPL and Instructor rating at 18. Not all that uncommon it would seem.
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:05 pm

I soloed at 16 and got my private license at 17, this is actually quite common in the states.
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:08 pm

I'll add my name to this list as well. To all of you who are earning your wings stay the course and be ready for a bumpy ride in this industry. Through it all keep your humility and the love for flying that you have now and you will make it through the rough times ahead. It's worth it.

Quoting FlyHoss (Reply 11):
I used to laugh that I could rent a brand new Cessna and fly to most of the country, but once arriving, I was way too young to rent a car.

I had this same problem but it went a step further. At 23 I was Captain on the CRJ but still could not rent a car from the majority of the US Rental agencies. I think most have relaxed their policies now, but not back then.


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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:03 am

Im going to do my first solo on my 16th Bday as well but thats ages away and im only 14 but they think im ready for solo and I have passed my mock human factors and flight planning exams as well. Lucky for me I'll be able to drive to the airport because the driving age in NZ is 15.
 
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:25 am

Isn't it true there is no age limit for flying an airplane? I heard a while back the record for age of a pilot was a girl at 7 years old. Perhaps a parent flew jumpseat. Big grin
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:47 am

I soloed at 17, too. Where's my article?  Wink (Although in my town, that could've been front page news due to the lack of anything going on here  Silly.)

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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:00 am

Hmm I Soloed at 14, but that was in a Glider....
My first motorized solo will be oktober/november this year.
First I have to go trough some ground school (KLM Flight Academy)
Just a nice little thing to look forward to  Smile

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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:48 am

Back in the 1990's it was all the rage to put your little kid in the left seat of a general aviation aircraft and try to break some record for "youngest pilot". The FAA put a very quick halt to this after that 7 year old girl and her flight instructor
were killed while encountering a T-storm right after takeoff in either Colorado or Kansas. They were on an attempt to break the coast to coast youngest pilot record.
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RE: 16 Year Old's Solo Flight

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:07 am

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 7):
Good work! I soloed on my 16th birthday as well. Went from the airport to the DMV to get my driver's license right afterwards.

I did the exact same thing. Glad to know I'm not the only one. I love being able to tell people that I flew a plane by myself before I drove a car by myself.

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