1st Solo

Discussion in 'Pilot Training' started by WGregB, Mar 29, 2021.

Tags:
  1. WGregB

    WGregB Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2021
    Messages:
    28

    Display name:
    GregB
    Just completed my first solo yesterday morn. Beautiful day so the wind was negligible. It felt pretty odd not bumping elbows with the instructor but I actually felt less nervous being alone.

    The oddest sense or feeling that I had was about 5 seconds after my wheels left the ground. It was a new level of commitment to the task. lol
     
  2. eman1200

    eman1200 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    14,169

    Display name:
    eman1200
    nice!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  3. Timbeck2

    Timbeck2 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    8,194
    Location:
    Vail, Arizona

    Display name:
    Timbeck2
    :happydance:
     
    WGregB likes this.
  4. wayne

    wayne Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    2,109
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA

    Display name:
    wayne
    Congrats!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  5. PaulS

    PaulS Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    11,802
    Location:
    New England

    Display name:
    PaulS
    Yup, nobody there to save you. Sounds like you did awesome, congrats!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  6. MICHAEL MAHN

    MICHAEL MAHN Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2020
    Messages:
    107

    Display name:
    FlyingFan
    Congrats! After my first solo I remember people asking, "were you nervous, scared...". To your point about being committed, I don't recall being nervous as I was so focused on what I had to do my brain didn't have much capacity for anything else.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  7. Perry Brunson

    Perry Brunson Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2021
    Messages:
    1

    Display name:
    Bigdaddy
    Congratulations. I haven’t even started any of my training and it excites me to hear of someone else advancing through this journey. Hopefully I’ll be ready to start late fall this year.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  8. WGregB

    WGregB Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2021
    Messages:
    28

    Display name:
    GregB
    A friend of mine is in training as well and she solo'd right before me. She had on her fitbit and posted on FB her heart rate during the flight. It was quite funny.
     
  9. pburger

    pburger Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    302
    Location:
    Houston, TX

    Display name:
    Paul B.
    Congratulations! You freakin' did it!

    I remember that same odd feeling from almost 32 years ago: There was a moment where I realized that I was going to have to land this plane one way or another. The moment passed, and I got about my business and did it, just like the dozens of times I had previously with my instructor next to me. Three landings and my life was changed forever. It's amazing that all of us pilots share the experience of our first solo. Whether a weekend flier, ag pilot, Airline captain, fighter pilot, or whatever, we've all had that same experience.
     
  10. Jeff Creamer

    Jeff Creamer Pre-Flight PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    May 19, 2017
    Messages:
    33
    Location:
    Georgia

    Display name:
    JJC
    Congratulations! A moment you'll never forget!
    JC
     
    WGregB likes this.
  11. luvflyin

    luvflyin Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 8, 2015
    Messages:
    11,020
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA

    Display name:
    Luvflyin
    Cool. Next up, first solo cross country.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  12. Flocker

    Flocker Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    May 24, 2013
    Messages:
    429
    Location:
    Atlanta GA (PDK)

    Display name:
    Flocker
    Congrats!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  13. rk911

    rk911 Line Up and Wait PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    856
    Location:
    DuPage County IL

    Display name:
    rk911
    very, very nice. congrats! did your instructor cut your shirt?
     
    WGregB likes this.
  14. Oldmanb777

    Oldmanb777 Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2020
    Messages:
    278
    Location:
    Kolarado

    Display name:
    Oldmanb777
    Congrats! I think most would concur with your description.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  15. Vance Breese

    Vance Breese Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2014
    Messages:
    919
    Location:
    Nipomo, CA

    Display name:
    Vance Breese
    Congratulations on a wonderful milestone in your aviation adventure!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  16. Domenick

    Domenick Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2019
    Messages:
    737

    Display name:
    Domenick
    Congratulations! Sounds like you did better than me. I remember I had so much adrenaline I could hardly walk after. And my landings were crappy in the C152 with 180 pounds missing. Still, I prevailed and so did you.

    Solo cross-country is the best.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2021
    WGregB likes this.
  17. Country Flier

    Country Flier Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2019
    Messages:
    170

    Display name:
    CFL
    Congrats!
    Funny you mention that feeling when you wheels left the ground. My solo was over 20 years ago but I still remember that feeling of "this is ALL on me".
     
    WGregB likes this.
  18. BrianNC

    BrianNC En-Route

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    2,921
    Location:
    Atlanta

    Display name:
    BrianATL
    Congrats! The main memory from my first solo is that without the instructor in the plane I was at pattern altitude way before I was with him in the plane. I hadn't thought about that and he hadn't mentioned it. Kind off threw me off a little at first. I was used to turning as specific places in regards to the runway at pattern altitude and I got up there a lot quicker.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  19. Torque beast

    Torque beast Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2019
    Messages:
    181

    Display name:
    Bryan
    I remember that feeling very well. As soon as the wheels left the ground the sensation across your whole body and the voice in your head saying “you are 100% committed now, nobody here to help” BTW my first two landing attempts ended up in go arounds because I was not use to it just being me and the plane would not descend. I had my settings I used burned in my brain but when 250 ish lbs left the plane I had to pull throttle way back to adjust but once I had my new numbers the 3 landings went good. Congratulations!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    WGregB likes this.
  20. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    12,916
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC

    Display name:
    Mark
    Always nice to get rid of that dead weight in the right seat!

    Congratulations!
     
    WGregB and BrianNC like this.
  21. somorris

    somorris Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    May 8, 2007
    Messages:
    2,369

    Display name:
    somorris
    Congratulations, Greg! Way to go!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  22. WGregB

    WGregB Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2021
    Messages:
    28

    Display name:
    GregB
    lol. No shirt cutting. I have my logbook entry. I think she needed to get home and I’m not sure there were scissors nearby. I’ll let you know if that changes.
     
  23. BrianNC

    BrianNC En-Route

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    2,921
    Location:
    Atlanta

    Display name:
    BrianATL
    For whatever reason my CFI didn't cut mine either.
     
    WGregB likes this.
  24. Tspin

    Tspin Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2015
    Messages:
    93
    Location:
    KSFB

    Display name:
    Tspin
    Congrats!! Always great to hear of another solo!!
     
    WGregB likes this.
  25. rarebird

    rarebird Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Location:
    Akron, Ohio

    Display name:
    rarebird
    As my CFI likes to say to me, #facts! I had a very similar feeling on my first solo. After that, my brain just switched into “checklist” mode and I talked out loud to myself through every solo landing I made that day. Congrats - not many “firsts” like this one!
     
    WGregB and RyanB like this.
  26. kayoh190

    kayoh190 Administrator Management Council Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    3,790

    Display name:
    Kayoh@190
    Congrats! It's a great feeling, and one you'll never forget!
     
  27. Marshall Alexander

    Marshall Alexander Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2018
    Messages:
    213
    Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Display name:
    malexander

    Sounds like my first solo, 44 years ago. I had to go around on the first pass, I was way high. C-150 N8700G, our runway was 50' X 2250'. Back then, I didn't know that was considered "short". lol
     
  28. Torque beast

    Torque beast Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2019
    Messages:
    181

    Display name:
    Bryan
    Yep, that was my first true lesson in how weight effects a plane. We are taught about it but I had not flown with anyone else up to my solo so when he jumped out it was totally different especially in a low hp plane


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  29. 455 Bravo Uniform

    455 Bravo Uniform En-Route

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Messages:
    4,115
    Location:
    KLAF

    Display name:
    455 Bravo Uniform
    Congrats! Good memories for sure!
     
    WGregB likes this.