You will remember this forever! Mine was 23 years ago and I remember it like yesterday. And every time I smell avgas and oil it takes me back immediately.




What was your feeling after that first takeoff?


Honestly, kinda felt brainless, but just did what I’m supposed to do and had a pretty uneventful flight. Honestly still don’t know if it was me, or my instructor on the remote controls on the ground. My instructor said there’s a student solo in the pattern and I scared all the other traffic away so I was alone 😼


Awesome stuff man!! You’ll remember that for the rest of your life. I remember taking off and noticing how much lighter the plane was without my instructor sitting next to me. I only did 3 landings, and they were some of the worst landings I’ve ever done lol Enjoy doing your XCs! They were (and still are) my favorite part of flight training and flying.




First, congratulations! I just had mine a couple weeks ago. You can look up your flight on flightaware or similar. Also, check out your radio work in the archives of [liveatc.com](https://liveatc.com) X-country advice from a total newb: prepare to be humbled all over again. My solo was superhero quality (IMHO) and my first dual x-country was a continuous shitshow for 90 minutes. It was so bad I documented everything for this sub. From the moment I left the pattern I was behind the plane and my "plan" was out the window. I have another tomorrow, and am expecting improvement is some areas at least. Here are a couple links to get you started. General contextual outline: https://www.scottsasha.com/aviation/handbook/vfrxc.html Navlog explanation Part 1 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq\_fhI7Ha6Y&t=2638s](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq_fhI7Ha6Y&t=2638s)


Thank you.


congrats! quite the feeling, eh? Did you do any post-solo traditions?


Got a pic taken and thats about it haha. Had 2 instructors and a few other ppl watching me. 4/5 of my landings were awesome. The pattern was quite busy but right when my instructor said he sent me up to solo I was somehow the only person in the pattern for the rest of the time haha.


> I was somehow the only person in the pattern for the rest of the time haha. you scared them off 😂 Glad you got the pic. Congrats again!


Appreciate it!


Congrats! Crazy crazy experience. Only thing I remember from mine was talking to myself a lot.


Get your PPL before you turn 18 and you will join me in the exclusive club!!!