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.
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!