solo date?

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  1. loboblanca

    loboblanca

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    Responding to a post about soloing made me go down memory lane. Just curious, when did you solo?

    October 31, 1986. Martin State Airport, Baltimore MD. Beechcraft Skipper N822PJ.
     
  2. GotGlock1917

    GotGlock1917 Lifetime Member

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    I don't remember exactly. I'm at work. Logs are at home.

    It was in September, 1974. Blanik L13, N7529.

    First power solo was probably a year later when I was 16 yo.
    Cessna 150, N60884.

    North Little Rock Municipal, NLR, Arkansas.


    John
     

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    ateamer NRA4EVR

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    August 24, 2001, at WVI (Watsonville Municipal, Watsonville, CA), in N25915, a Piper Tomahawk. The plane now resides near Seattle.

    I had no clue that I was going to solo that day. After three times around, with good landings, my CFI had me pull to the side of the taxiway at the ramp entrance for a minute while he made some logbook entries. That was not unusual, because he was just noting the areas of instruction. He then opened the door and told me to do three full stops on my own. They went just fine. I didn't have time to get nervous. Good instructional technique - I assume it is used by all CFIs.
     
  4. loboblanca

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    ateamer, mine was the same way. My instructor told me to pull up underneath the tower and did some stuff then opened the door and said 'good luck.'...I freaked, haha, totally wasn't expecting it. I told him "what if I kill myself?" and he said "well, at least I wont be with you..." It was funny, and the trips around the patch were magic.

    After my 3rd landing and exiting the runway, Tower said "2 papa juliet, saxi to parking this frequency...congratulations Alan." A twin that was holding short for my last landing asked "is that a first solo?" Tower said "affirm." "Congratulations, Alan" said the twin. As a newbie, that meant more to me than anyone but you guys would know.

    Then my instructor got on the horn and said "glad I didnt have to talk you down.." Freakin' comedian. ;)
     
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    My medical examiner soloed in October, 1941.
     
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    I don't remember the date. My first log book is in the bank box.
    About 1960, Eastern Airport, near Baltimore, Maryland, Piper Colt.

    My Wife soloed Nov 2,1965, Rutherford Field, near Baltimore, MD, Piper Colt.
    The instructor hit a tree on short final then got out and sent my Wife solo. I didn't find out about it until later and I was going to wring his neck.

    My Avatar is my Wife taxiing in from Her first solo.;3
     
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    2/9/1981. Fancher field, East Wenatchee, Washington. C-185, N2583S.
     
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    2 years ago yesterday (Nov. 30, 2003)
    KBAZ, Piper Tomahawk (N2426N)
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    07/31/1990 @ MOD in a PA-38 Piper Tomahawk N178SJ with 13.1 hours under my belt. It was a surprise to me too when my instructor told me to let him out of the plane. I was petrified for about 30 seconds, but then was okay on the taxi out to the runway and I was fine once I was in the air.

    Good thread.

    Good memories.
     
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    7/29/2003 - 8-10 other planes in the pattern, and on my last trip in the pattern there were two runway incursions which caused tower to forget about me until I questioned them on a 4 mile extended downwind. :)

    First student that I soloed - 10/31/05... I was probably more nervous for that than my own solo. However, after the first student or two it seems like nothing at all.
     
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    Joey G Needs Inflating

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    Few more miles and you would have had the solo x-c out of the way. ;)

    July 6, 2001 here, according to the scrap of fabric on the wall.
     
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    MIne was 16 Nov 1974 in a green and white C-150 at MGY. It was cold that day, but I was the only one in the pattern that morning. It was awesome.
     
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    Summer of 1979, T-34C. I seem to recall some dive tests to the redline of about 280KTS.
     
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    Due to instructors getting hired, I had to solo twice for different instructors.

    1) 6/16/03 Cessna 152 5296H at MBT.
    2) 10/17/03 Cessna 152 95391 at MQY.

    The first one was magical, and the second was a headache, as I got to do multiple 360's in the pattern for spacing due to a pilot that apparently did not know what he was doing and was not where controllers told him to be. It was kind of funny thinking that as a student pilot I was already better than someone that had been doing it for significantly longer. It was scary though, because I had never heard of a 360 in the pattern before, and had no idea what the controller was talking about when he first asked me to do it.
     
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    Seem to remember November 1974 at FRG. PA28-140 N5602U
     
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    7 DEC 72, Ft. Wolters TX in a TH-55. 33 years & 1 day ago. A month and 2 days from the start of my class. Don't remember haw many hours of dual, but I bet M2 Carbine can tell us what the average was. Tim
     
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    I don't remember if it was my first solo, but I do remember on one of my early solo flights that after adding the power, I got airborne a lot earlier than I had planned on.

    I did realize then that I had 30° of flaps. I went to 10° and climbed out.

    To avoid this, myself and the IPs that I work with make students do full stop taxi backs on the first solo. The above situation just goes to prove that we are all humans and have "been there".
     
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    Sometime back in 98, DTO, Piper Warrior.