My First Solo

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My First Solo

Post by Samuel Arnold » 23 May 2010, 05:02

On Friday I did my first solo flight at my local aero club, Omaka.

I did one full circuit without going around or making any mistakes, it was textbook!

After just 7.5 flight hours, I think I am doing really well.


Moments before touchdown on grass runway 30

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Me and chief instructor, Kevin Wilkey

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Post by xXBuryTheDeadXx » 23 May 2010, 05:30

Congrads! I want to get my license but since I am leaving I don't see a point. And I don't even have the money for it. :) Congrads again!
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Post by frogdude4993 » 23 May 2010, 05:45

Way to go! I did mine in 7.5 as well. Great piloting!
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Post by Samuel Arnold » 23 May 2010, 09:04

Thanks guys!
Yeah, 7 to 8 hours is quite early, considering my instructor said I was ready at 6.9 hours, but my aircraft's radio stopped working just prior to him getting out.
So after a broken radio and two times where the cloud minimums forced me to land, I finally got the solo 0.6hr later than first though. Such a shame.
Most pilots seem to go solo at 10-12 hours, and one guy at the club is at 16 hours and not solo!

Decker, what stage in your PPL training are you at now? You went solo in November right?
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Post by Ali Abou-Zeid » 23 May 2010, 09:50

Congratz :) :) :)

Such an awesome feeling eh????

7.5 is too little...but seems things are different from where I learnt to fly.

In South Africa the law says that no student pilot is to go solo before attaining his/her first 10hrs under dual instruction!

I went solo at 11.3 and that was a record. In South Africa people usually go solo within the teens, with quite a bunch going after their 25th hour.

Good luck in your career :D
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Post by frogdude4993 » 23 May 2010, 23:10

I soloed in mid August '09. I'm cramming in oral exam studying and practice checkrides and I'll have the big ride in a couple of weeks.
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Post by Samuel Arnold » 24 May 2010, 03:59

Ali Abou-Zeid wrote:Congratz :) :) :)
7.5 is too little...but seems things are different from where I learnt to fly.
Thanks!
And yeah, it does seem early, but at least I can progress instead of doing endless circuits with my instructor.


Decker, good luck with the checkride!
How did you go with the other exams along the way?
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Post by Ali Abou-Zeid » 24 May 2010, 23:41

Samuel Arnold wrote:
Ali Abou-Zeid wrote:Congratz :) :) :)
7.5 is too little...but seems things are different from where I learnt to fly.
Thanks!
And yeah, it does seem early, but at least I can progress instead of doing endless circuits with my instructor.
Can't agree more :D Only took me 3 circuit sessions then went solo :)

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Post by caps1237 » 25 May 2010, 14:35

Congrats Sam!! I know I had the hugest smile on my face when I was on downwind and looked over to the right at the airport and didn't have to look around my instructor (our field has a right pattern).

Good luck with the rest of your work, it's a ton of fun.
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Post by Samuel Arnold » 30 May 2010, 06:55

Strange, I had 7 circuit lessons (only 4 before I was ready to solo, but weather held me up).
Most of my lessons were 0.4-0.7 in length though.

Thanks a lot, Josh!
The left-turn tendency is a pain when you're up solo, especially on takeoff and climb-out.
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Post by caps1237 » 31 May 2010, 06:18

Samuel Arnold wrote:Strange, I had 7 circuit lessons (only 4 before I was ready to solo, but weather held me up).
Most of my lessons were 0.4-0.7 in length though.

Thanks a lot, Josh!
The left-turn tendency is a pain when you're up solo, especially on takeoff and climb-out.
Wow that's pretty short for lesson length! Then again I live in the Washington DC area so I have to fly out about 15 mins just to get to the practice area

I found the lack of weight the most difficult to get used to. Landing took a bit of getting used to.
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