1st Solo Flight: St. George & Cessnas
Saturday October 18th. The day I made my first solo flight.
I woke up at 7:15 am Saturday morning, just like every other morning for the past 6 days, and headed out to the St. George Airport. After doing my preflight check, I taxied out to the runway with my instructor sitting in the right seat. After take off we flew 2 right and 4 left traffic patterns with touch and go takeoffs and landings. On the 6th landing we brought the plane to a full stop and taxied off the runway. I dropped my instructor off at the hangar and taxied back out to the runway.
‘This is it. This is my first solo flight. You can do it!’ I thought to myself.
“St. George Traffic, Cessna 19187 departing runway 19, St. George,” I said over the radio. I then taxied onto the runway and took off. I had to do 3 take offs and landings, two of which were touch and go’s and the third was to be a full stop. Turning left 90 degrees I said “St. George Traffic, Cessna 19187 crosswind runway 19, St. George,” over the radio. A short five seconds later I turned another 90 degrees to the left onto the downwind leg of the pattern. Turning another two 90 degree left turns I was on my final approach to runway 19.
I landed the plane, once, twice, then three times! After the first landing my nerves had completely disappeared and a smile was on my face.
After my solo flight my instructor congratulated me by cutting the back of my shirt off and marking the date of my flight on it!
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