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airfrance
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Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:14 pm

Im a student pilot flying a 152. I fly out of KBLM which is in NJ and me and my intructor decided to stay in the pattern to work on landings. After a few landings he told me to taxy back to the runway instead of doing a touch and go. Little did i know he told me to stop the plane and he opened the door took off his seatbelt and left the plane saying "good luck". After he shut the door i was so nervous my heart was pounding and my legs felt like rubber. But in the end i did three successful takeoffs and landings. So now i can finally say im a pilot  Smile. How was your first solo in a plane?
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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:18 pm



Quoting AirFrance (Thread starter):
How was your first solo in a plane?

Mine was uneventful, and thus, a complete success.  biggrin 

Congrats!

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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:18 pm

My first solo was a beautiful clear day in march at KGFK back in 2000. I at least had an idea before the moment because my instructor told me before the flight that if I could do 3 good landings, I would solo that day.

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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:20 pm



Quoting AirFrance (Thread starter):
So now i can finally say im a pilot

Congrats, and welcome to our community. You'll feel even more accomplished when you finish the check ride and the examiner gives you a temporary airman certificate.

Quoting AirFrance (Thread starter):
How was your first solo in a plane?

My first solo was in RAC. After doing three patterns my instructor got out and told me that I was good to go. I taxied back to Rwy 4, got into position and proceeded to do five patterns. It was the best feeling of my life, and one that I will never forget.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:37 pm

Mine was a clear spring day with just a little x-wind of about 5knots....after doing some patterns with my instructor he said go to the parking you're going on your own...thats when I realized the moment was about to become a reality...I must say that when he got off the plane I wanted him back LOL but I said if I truly want to be a pilot then I got to do this....I reached the hold short point and contacted twr and got my t/o clearance ... full power 60kts and up...first impression was wow this thing climbs so fast without my instructor! did a couple of patterns 3 IIRC and landed with my happiest smile ever.

Oh I forgot, CONGRATS!  

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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:45 pm

Mine was at PWK in a Beech Sundowner, many years back. Weather was good, with light winds.
Really, I didn't have time to notice that the instructor wasn't there - apart from the increased climb performance! I was so busy with everything, and my mind was so focused, it didn't really hit me until I got out the aircraft and walked back to my instructor. Little time to be nervous. Did 3 great landings!


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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:55 pm

Mine was the first day I'd flown in a x-wind less than 12kts, I wasn't quite sure how to fly straight in.

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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:24 pm

Awesome....congrats and enjoy many hours of safe well thought out flying.

My first solo was on 2/26/1975, yes that long ago... Smile From GGG flying a C172......can't find that logbook at the moment for the tail number.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:48 am

Mine was on July 4th 2005. We had planned on my soloing. I did a few patterns with my instructor. We were at Bremerton Washington which is an uncontrolled field. He took his radio and I went and did 3 landings. They were uneventful, although my instructor was really nervous when some guy busted the pattern while I was flying. I was to naive to know what was happening. But overall it was quite an accomplishment. I'll always remember it.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:02 am

N689SP....C172sp

It was a busy day and a bit breezy but nothing beyond soloing numbers by any means. I should have known this was happening because we went up and did a few circuits and he then said "suburban unicom...9SP needs a gator". As we pulled off on the taxiway, there ryan was with the gator (a golf cart with a bed) and we did the appropriate ppw and then i was up and away. Made two greasers in a row...my third time I felt uncomfortable because on our runway we have pulloffs so if its a busy day (like that day was) we could have two aircraft land in close sequence and then the two of you backtaxi. I didn't like it, so I went around and made a decent landing on the third one.

I was super happy!!

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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:11 am



Quoting XJRamper (Reply 9):
N689SP....C172sp

Geez it's a small world......mine was in N693SP!!!

@ AirFrance,

Congrats to you sir, and keep us posted with your ongoing training!!
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:46 pm

Mine was Nov 15th, 2007! Flew a Piper Warrior III out of IWA for MPD! My parents, grandparents and one of my best friends were there to watch.

Aircraft was N5350J.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:54 pm

Oh yes. It was one of those rare warm, nice days in the fall. After doing touch and goes for an hour, we landed. My instructor got out, and started taking his stuff out quick, and hinted about how the weather was a nice day to solo. He then pretty much told me that I was off on my own. I was nervous as hell, and I think I "porpoised" every landing  yuck , but apparently it was a great job since the aircraft was reusable  wink 

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):
My first solo was on 2/26/1975, yes that long ago... 

Did you see any dinosaurs?
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:53 pm



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 10):
Geez it's a small world......mine was in N693SP!!!

Tell me about it! Ironically the aircraft I received my PPL in was N3544J. Bit of a number difference lol.

Quoting N231YE (Reply 12):
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 7):
My first solo was on 2/26/1975, yes that long ago...

Did you see any dinosaurs?

HAHAHAHAHA!!! My work won't let me open up pop ups....so no rolling effects sorry!

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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:31 pm



Quoting N231YE (Reply 12):
Did you see any dinosaurs?

The only part of IAHFLYR's life that's from the stone age is the equipment he's provided with at work...  Wink

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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:51 pm

I think mine was in the summer of '82. Non eventful for the most part. I had the living snot scared out of me when I rotated. I didn't realize that about a one foot long section of my harness was sticking out the door. Made the most God awful racket I'd ever heard and I was starting to wonder about my survival!  Silly Once I realize what was going on, I fixed it and had some very good landings.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:26 pm



Quoting N231YE (Reply 12):
Did you see any dinosaurs?

I see the comics have risen to new heights!

No dinosaurs seen, but I do remember that DC9's were still flying!

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 14):
The only part of IAHFLYR's life that's from the stone age is the equipment he's provided with at work...

Ya know not even that can be said as we've got stuff built in the 20th century.......believe it or not. However, the rules we have to work in are still made from stone tablets.  bigthumbsup 

Otherwise, 2H4 is right on his game as usual!!

Quoting XJRamper (Reply 13):
My work won't let me open up pop ups....so no rolling effects sorry!

That's weak.....come on Express yourself!  Smile
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RE: Your First Solo.

Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:40 pm

First off, congrats and welcome to the pilot world.

My first solo was in N86BJ at APA just south of Denver Colorado. My instructor pretty much did the same thing jumping out and said good luck. My instructor wanted me back in .5 which would normally be enough for the 3-3. I got off the ground and control informed all pattern traffic they were calling turns to avoid a TFR nearby and due to density. Needless to say I ended up with a 30 mile upwind leg, as my controller at the time, lets just call him SN forgot about me. When I squeezed in to remind him and inform him of my location, there was a very faint "oh shit" in the background. SN turned me around and called the crosswind turn accordingly. While on downwind, I was over the north shore of Cherry Creek Reservoir. This is actually quite close to Buckley Air Force Base. Well, SN forgot about me AGAIN. We got things squared away about a minute before I would have busted airspace and gotten myself a pretty little F-16 escort, got me down (not my greatest landing but it worked). I taxied up to my instructor who was quite unhappy about not seeing me in the pattern. Either way, tied for one of my 3 greatest days of aviation.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:48 pm

Congrats! I fly skydivers at BLM. My first solo was at KPVD (Providence RI) and was in N48707 a C152. I had to take off from an intersection and of course a 757 took off full length so a 3 minute wait. My legs were bouncing off the floor I was so nervous. Once airborne all the nerves left and I just flew.. What a magical feeling.

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RE: Your First Solo.

Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:17 am

My first solo was in a 152 (C-GJKE), pretty uneventful but a feeling I'll never forget. The only feeling that topped it was the first time flying a twin.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:32 am



Quoting AirFrance (Thread starter):
How was your first solo in a plane?

exactly the same.... Smile
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:31 am

My first solo took place way back in 1989. After a few circuits and landings the instructor told me to taxy back to the apron. Once there he told me not to turn off the engine, and as he got out he told me to call the tower and request taxy clearance for a first solo. The aircraft was a Cherokee 180, ZS-EEZ. The same plane I had my first flying lesson in, and later to be the same plane that I did my solo navigation with as well as my PPL test.

What made it even more of an occasion was the tradition we had in those days that sadly seems to have died out. Back then there was a bathtub on wheels with an attached handle so that it could be pulled around in the apron area that was always kept full of the yuckiest things known to man, courtesy of the firefighters stationed at the airport. Heaven only knows what was in there, but the smell was awful.

When I parked the plane the tub was positioned by the wing before I even had a chance to open the door. I just took off my shoes before getting out. Once I opened the door the two instructors waiting for me gave me a choice: I could either climb in on my own, or I would be put inside by force with help from the firemen. I took the first option, climbed in and was pulled around the apron for a while. And yes, I was made to put my head under as well. This happened to me in mid-winter, so it was freezing as well as disgusting, but it was great fun.

Amusing little side story, back then the JU-52 of the SAA Historical society would visit Wonderboom Airport once a month to take people on pleasure flights. I was there on one such Saturday when another guy went solo. The terminal building was swarming with SAA pilots in uniform, who all started clapping for this guy when he was paraded around in the bathtub in front of them.
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:18 pm



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
No dinosaurs seen, but I do remember that DC9's were still flying!

Wow, I didn't realize the DC-9s were flying in the Precambrian era!  wink 
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:19 am

Mine will be in late February/early March on a Piper Archer. Can't wait  cheerful 
 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:20 pm

Its already a few years ago, back in 2001 on a PA28 in KBXK. Did 3 traffic patterns wihout the instructor! It as FUN and of course a little scary as well! But it felt GREAT!!!! Big grin Big grin

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 23):
Mine will be in late February/early March on a Piper Archer. Can't wait cheerful

Piper Archer, very good!!!!  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:20 pm



Quoting N231YE (Reply 22):
Wow, I didn't realize the DC-9s were flying in the Precambrian era!

Yep and in NW colors even....... Smile

You would had you been around then!!!
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:20 pm

Mine was 7/15/07 in a PA28-161 Warrior out of KMIC in Minnesota. My instructor told me to taxi back to the hangar, and we both got out and i gave him my logbook and he signed a bunch of stuff. after that, he told me to do what I've learned so far. i got in my plane, taxied to the taxi way, and contacted ground. the atc was a women and directed me to the wrong runway (7). i corrected her saying that i just landed about 10 minutes ago on 32R and that the winds haven't changed. she got all mad and frustrated, (because she was wrong), and she then told me to taxi to 32R. every thing from there on out went perfectly, with very nice landings. Although the airport was very busy, i knew what i was doing, and i felt very comfortable. I now have a very nice plaque in my room showing from sportys pilot shop with my name, aircraft type, tail #, and date embroidered into it. Its something i will never forget, and it was a very enjoyable experience.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:59 pm



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
I see the comics have risen to new heights!

HAHA and the reason I show up here...

Mine was September 16, 2002

N671DW at ASH. Kind of a crummy day but still well within VFR rules. I was scared shitless but the plane is still flying today (albeit, from what I hear, with rear seats removed and involved in spin training)
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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:51 am

Greatest experience of my life.

It was at DAY in C-152 N7339W, 8/9/05. It felt weird not having the instructor in the right seat when I started the plane up & I was a little nervous, but once I firewalled the throttle, I was having a blast.

Took off on 18 & did the full stop/taxi back on 18. Took off again, got runway 24R on the next leg, landed & did my last takeoff there & came back in & landed. Awesome experience.

I earned my PPL one year to the day after my first solo, which was coincidental, but cool.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:50 am

My 1st solo was at OMN a couple of years ago. I was so nervous, due to another student having taken his airplane off the runway about 10 minutes before I took off! But once I was lined up on Runway 8 and opened thr throttle as others said, I hardly noticed the fact the instructor wasn't there, apart from the fact the plane climbed about twice as fast! I did my circuit talking to myself the whole way round, landed, was congratulated by the Tower over the radio and taxiid back in. Felt amazing, such a sense of achievement.

It felt almost as good when I'd done my cross country solo without getting lost, although looking back now that cross country feels so short, when I consider I flew from OMN - EYW - MLB - OMN for my CPL cross country with no mishaps apart from blowing a tyre when I finally landed in the dark back at OMN... oops  Smile

I'll never forget the guy who solo'd after me either. He kept the PTT button pressed in the whole way upwind and crosswing, you could hear him saying "Right Rudder, Right Rudder", and "300ft, brakes, flaps" etc. Brilliant!
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:17 am



Quoting LHRjc (Reply 29):
It felt almost as good when I'd done my cross country solo without getting lost, although looking back now that cross country feels so short, when I consider I flew from OMN - EYW - MLB - OMN for my CPL cross country with no mishaps apart from blowing a tyre when I finally landed in the dark back at OMN... oops

OMN is a black hole at night. Heck it was difficult to find DAB at night the first few times I flew out of there at night.

Just curious...how hard was your landing back in Ormond?  Wink

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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:08 am

AirFrance, congrats on the first solo! Keep us posted on your flying.

Mine was 11/15/02....my 16th birthday. That long ago already?

MYF, C172, N6360D (I love that airplane)

I knew ahead of time, and couldn't wait. I showed up, got the airplane ready to go and my instructor was a few min late, but we went up, did 3 laps around the pattern, then I taxied to the transient parking and let my CFI out. She grabbed one of the line guys and commandeered his radio and I went up and did 2 touch-and-goes and a full stop....nothing special as far as solos go, but it was special to me! It was a gorgeous day, right at sunset, light winds out of the west and nice and warm. I taxied back, picked her up and we headed back to Gibbs (the FBO) where she took my shirt and wrote all over it.
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RE: Your First Solo.

Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:34 am



Quoting XJRamper (Reply 30):
OMN is a black hole at night. Heck it was difficult to find DAB at night the first few times I flew out of there at night.

Just curious...how hard was your landing back in Ormond?

Yep, OMN isn't the easiest I'll agree. Especially with 17/35 out of use for resurfacing which, when coming from the South overhead DAB, normally provides a bit of help with it's Runway lighting. Luckily the VOR/DME was working that night  Smile

As for my landing.... I thought it was fine. It was more the fact I must have locked a wheel trying to get off at the 1st taxiway rather than going all the way down to the numbers of Runway 8. After 8.3 hours logged that day, I was tired and looking forward to going home, and was maybe a bit eager to tie the plane down and go to bed  wink 
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:17 pm

I did my first solo on March 2007. The aircraft was a C-172, N172JP. Did the three takeoffs and landings at KTOA and everything went great! One of the best experiences in my life!
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RE: Your First Solo.

Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:55 pm

My first solo was in May 2007 at KGYR, in PA28 Warrior N53515. I knew it was going to happen as I had been told I was ready two days previously; however the crosswind was out of my limits for a first time solo, so I had to wait for it to calm down.

It was a successful solo, and the plane was serviceable after I flew it; doesn't get much better than that!
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