May 21 2010

Guest Blogger Post #3 – Flying Solo

Category: Guest Blogger,RamblingsDaniel @ 6:15 am

I have been taking lessons for 6 weeks and I have accumulated approximately 28 hours of flying.  This past weekend the instructor signed me off to fly solo.  My first solo take off and landing was fun and scary at the same time.  You don’t realize that once you take off, that you actually have to land yourself and can not screw up because the instructor is not there to take over the controls.  On my first solo, I stayed in the pattern and landed 3 times.  On my second solo, the instructor told me to go do some site seeing, which I did.  I went to Chain of Lakes, Twin Lakes and Lake Geneva.  What a great feeling it is to be in control of the airplane.  All the training has been well worth it, so far.  In the morning we did some instrument flying and in the afternoon, the instructor let me do some solo flying.  I was so excited and I wanted to fly for the whole day.  I actually forgot that someone else needed the plane after my lesson and the instructor had to call me on the radio telling me that someone is waiting for the plane.  Oops.  I also had to snap a picture so that I can show off a little by putting it on my background screen at work.  Dork, but I don’t care.  It reminds me how much fun I had and I can’t wait to fly again.  It also helps me get through the day.

What’s left:

  • written test
  • cross country
  • cross country solo
  • 3 hours of night flying
  • 3 hours of instrument flying
  • check ride

I talked to my instructor and he thinks if we continue training at this pace, I should be ready for the check ride in about 30 days.  I try to fly 3 times a week for multi-hour lessons.  That should be about 10 weeks for the entire training.  I can’t wait to get my license because I have so many people asking me to take them flying.

[This post authored by Dan’s friend Kenan]

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