First solo flight!

by Arno June. 09, 2017 2139 views

8 June marked a very special day for me: the moment of "first solo" - flying all alone for the first time! A big milestone in my life for sure (and in the life of any pilot). Traditionally accompanied with several buckets of cold water as you can view below.

In the morning I first had to demonstrate a few good landings to the chief instructor and after that he jumped out, leaving me all alone in the aircraft for the first time, to do a take-off, fly around the airport, land and taxy back to the flight school. It all went well, without any issues and I was even able to enjoy this fantastic, surreal experience.

From now on, instruction hours will be mixed with solo hours (±50/50). I need to rehearse and consolidate the skills learnt so far, learn about a few more types of emergencies and we will soon start with ("cross-country") navigation. That will be the last major part of the PPL course (which consists of 2-hour + 3-hour flights to different airports in Southern California, once with instructor, once solo).

Now the pictures... also of the "circuit" (rectangular traffic pattern around the airport at a height of ± 300 meter) that I have flown 70 times by now.

Words could not describe this feeling

Words could not describe this feeling

At the runway, waiting for departure clearance (from air traffic control).

At the runway, waiting for departure clearance (from air traffic control).

The "circuit" we typically fly - looking out to the left toward the airport, as we fly parallel to the runway to come back in for landing.

The "circuit" we typically fly - looking out to the left toward the airport, as we fly parallel to the runway to come back in for landing.

We need to avoid flying too low over some high (and wealthy) neighborhoods like this one.

We need to avoid flying too low over some high (and wealthy) neighborhoods like this one.

Just before the final (left) turn to land.

Just before the final (left) turn to land.

The traditional "dousing" by my instructor and other guys. Was I glad the sun had just come out..!

The traditional "dousing" by my instructor and other guys. Was I glad the sun had just come out..!

Three buckets of water later...

Three buckets of water later...

Ok, let's get it over with :-)

Ok, let's get it over with :-)

Earned my wings today plus... a free lunch

Earned my wings today plus... a free lunch

A typical circuit.

A typical circuit.

Thanks for reading/watching! I hope to share a video too some time, when I get the chance to borrow the GoPro camera of a friend here.

Take care everyone!

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Jill Bahm 4 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations! Cool images!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mark Ridderhof 4 years, 3 months ago

#6wat een baas! Ziet er allemaal weer top uit en wat goed dat je je eerste vlucht hebt gemaakt 👊Ik kijk uit naar het gopro filmpje

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations, Arno! Must have been a great experience being so high all on your own!
Looking forward to seeing more high altitude photos smiley

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 4 years, 3 months ago

.. Great

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Hans 4 years, 3 months ago

#6Die solo vlucht kun je van je 'bucket' list schrappenfacepunch Goed shot ook van die emmer ;)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Arwin Jansen 4 years, 3 months ago

Gaaaaaaf first solo flight!!!!
Van harte!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jaclyn Van Rijn 4 years, 3 months ago

Top!!!😁💦

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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