First Solo!!!

pilotsav27

New Member
So, today I soloed for the first time. I was flying the rental plane, a Cessna 172. My instructor and I had talked this morning about soloing, and he told me I would solo today. So, I called my girlfriend and had her rush to the airport so she could video! My instructor and I did 4 nice landings, and then he hopped out! I taxied to RWY 24, did the run-up, and taxied on to the runway alone for the very first time! It didn't hit me that I was alone until right after I turned downwind and I looked over to an empty seat! What a feeling!:nana2: My first landing was pretty good, but I should have held it off a bit longer. My second and third landings were picture perfect! I am now signed off to fly alone! My solo came at 11.5 hours of flight time and lasted for an unforgettable .7 hours!
 

tpaRob

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Congrats on your first SOLO!!!

Just wait until you head out to the practice area solo. That's when it all starts to sink in.. YOU'RE A REAL PILOT(almost)!

Good luck with the rest of your training.
 

JoelT

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I didn't find out I was about to solo until about five minutes before the actual flight. I liked it better that way. Kinda like when you pull a band-aid off real fast.

I hope you got your shirt tail cut off.
 

youngflyer

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Nice dude. I should be soloing this thursday weather permitting. Do you fly out of a class C airport?
 

phoenix 23684

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Congrats man, I felt the same way when I soloed, didn't hit until downwind and looking at that empty seat, pride and fear wrapped together.
 

pilotsav27

New Member
Thanks for the replies! A run-up is what you do right before takeoff. Power to 1700RPM (in the 172 I fly) while holding the brakes of course, then checks the mags, carb heat, suction, the ammeter, etc. Then back to idle to taxi onto the runway. I DID get my shirt tail cut off and it was cool because I didnt have another shirt to wear so I got to walk around the airport for a little while with everyone knowing I had just soloed! And finally, I fly out of a Class E (uncontrolled) airport! KLOZ! Thanks again guys! I'll be off to practice more tomorrow!
 

Do3r17

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The feeling struck me on final when I realized I would have to land this bird without the aid of my instructor in case anything went wrong. I'm doing my first solo XC tomorrow. I'm really excited. I still need practice in controlled airspace though. KVPZ
 

sldauby

New Member
Congrats!

I had my first solo last week in the DA20 and I was surprisingly not nervous! I guess because I didn't have time to be nervous!

It is indeed pretty cool. I have recently been checked out to the practice area, so that will be another adventure!

Good luck with your training!
 

phoenix 23684

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The feeling struck me on final when I realized I would have to land this bird without the aid of my instructor in case anything went wrong. I'm doing my first solo XC tomorrow. I'm really excited. I still need practice in controlled airspace though. KVPZ
Yeah me too, those class B air spaces can get tricky sometimes :panic::panic:
 

ryount45

New Member
Congrats bud! I soloed for the first time last week also and it was the best feeling in the world. I had two weeks straight of bad weather and my solo keept getting pushed back, so when I finally got to do it it rocked! Cool beans on getting your coat tail cut, I read on here about that tradition so I brought an extra shirt. All I got was a solid shack of the hand though so your lucky!
 
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