WHAT A BUZZ!
I remember the first time I flew an aircraft solo. What a buzz! I had spent many hours getting ready to complete it, but the closer I got to it, the more afraid I became. I found I became more and more dependent on the flight instructor, but the silly thing about it was he didn’t do anything for the last 4 or 5 flights. He just sat there.
It was kind of like observing myself the next day as I walked into the aerodrome. I saw myself filling in the flight plan, I watched myself be briefed by the flight instructor, and there I was performing the pre-flight checks on the aircraft. I was still a little ‘out-of-body’ as the instructor and I lined up on the runway ready for our first circuit of the day. I watched myself go through all the checks, then realized I would have to ‘come to’ to prevent making mistakes. The butterflies were in full swing as I landed and taxied just off the runway to let the instructor out so I could perform my first solo.
I don’t mind admitting I was sweating like a pig as I contacted the tower for permission to take off. I’m not sure I even fully heard the response properly, but there I was at the beginning of the runway fully in control of the aircraft and ALONE. I flew the circuit with no incident, during which a wind shift made the landing a bit trickier because it meant I had to land in a crosswind, a more difficult procedure. When I came to a full stop the enormity of what I had just done hit me and I shook all over, but I was elated.
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