Eight weeks and fifty three flight hours later, I DID IT!!! I completed my first solo flight! I am so excited to share my first solo experience with all of you!
I completed my solo evaluation flight Monday, and was able to fly my first solo flight the following day. I woke up around three in the morning for my first solo. The winds had to be perfect; no more than ten knots of wind and no more than a five knot crosswind.
Before sending me off, my instructor Maks Surowka, and I performed three take offs and landings in the traffic pattern to make sure I was ready. I then dropped him off, and went on my way as a student pilot first solo flight in the traffic pattern! I do not think I have ever had more emotions going through my mind until I was lined up on the runway by myself. I was ready to go, excited, nervous, and knew there was no going back once I took off! Once airborne, I was not as nervous until it came time to land. I knew I was ready for my solo flight, and was very confident in myself. My landings were probably the best I have ever done, mainly because I knew my CFI would not be there to save them!
I was soloing in the traffic pattern for about one hour. Once I was finished, returned back to our parking and we were all ready to celebrate! Later in the day, Maks cut the back of my shirt. For those unfamiliar with the ritual, the instructor cuts the back of the pilot’s shirt into a rectangle and the pilot writes their solo dates and plane number on the back. It means you’re “free” from your instructor and on your own! It was a very memorable day, and I am extremely proud of myself!
My week did not end there, I finished my required four hours of solo flights in the traffic pattern, and completed another cross country flight. I now am preparing for my two solo cross country flights which I am hoping to finish in the next week. My private pilot check ride is also quickly approaching, so I have been very busy studying and having a lot of ground school to prepare me for the big day! I am hoping to be a private pilot by mid August!
Once again, thank you to everyone for all of your positive feedback and support! I am continuing to work hard, and am rapidly making my way through my ATP program. I am hoping my next blog entry will include my first solo cross country flight!
Stay tuned for my next adventures!!