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Going for first solo on 16th birthday!

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:26 pm
by GJOYT
Well everyone? I went solo last Thurs on my 16th birthfay in a Katana DA20 at EGAB(St. Angelo airport, Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh). I did it in 15kts crosswinds! I really enjoyed it and only did one circuit. Went solo for second time on Sun morning and did circuits for an hour on my own. Never had so much fun in my life! And to top it all off I got a spin in a Falcon 200 that was doing training!!
If any one else would like to share their experience of their first solo then please do so.

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:03 pm
by A330
Congrats!
It's a great feeling when you take off for the first time and look to your right and no ones there, the view is so much better.

A330

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:38 pm
by Rallye EIBFP
Mine will be due one year this September 25th coming!

Apart from the view :D :D it will climb alot faster without a bulkey instructor beside you.

Well done!

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:41 pm
by flygirl88
Congrats! I went solo when i was 16 too, altho not on my birthday. that's some achievement - well done! :D

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:49 pm
by Charlie Hotel Mike
Well done! :D :D Similar to flygirl88 and yourself i went solo when i was 16(a week after my bday cause weather was crap for that week). Just got my PPL there 2months ago,it gets even better as you go on to do solo nav bcause you get a real sense of achievement when you get from A to B and back without getting lost in between!!!! P.S. You wont want to hear of another circuit by the time your finished :D

Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:27 am
by danelane2000
Congrats! I aim to go solo on my 16th birthday, and will have all the experience to go with it :lol:

Regards,
Patrick

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:48 pm
by GJOYT
Thanks very much everyone! BFP, what Rallye is that in your picture? Is it a 100? Do you take lessons in it? Danelan2000, what do you fly and where? Are you able to do your flight test for your PPL before you are 17?

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:59 pm
by Frosty
G-JOYT wrote:Are you able to do your flight test for your PPL before you are 17?


Have to be 16 to take the flight test, and to get PPL, I think.

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:26 pm
by GJOYT
But I thought saw on some other forum before about some people who done their flight test before they were 17. The people could have been from a different country with different rules and regulations I suppose

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:53 pm
by flygirl88
you can do the flight test when you are 16, you just can't get your licence until you're 17 as far as i know! :)

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:11 pm
by Rallye EIBFP
Hi All

G-JOYT- Its a 100 yep. Nice little thing.

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:31 pm
by danelane2000
G-JOYT wrote:Thanks very much everyone! BFP, what Rallye is that in your picture? Is it a 100? Do you take lessons in it? Danelan2000, what do you fly and where? Are you able to do your flight test for your PPL before you are 17?


I fly in Cork (with atlantic flight training) in a Cessna 172 (EI-DDX) and Grob 115A (EI-DJY)

Regards,
PAtrick

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:40 am
by alphaLaura
Hey Patrick, do you prefer flyin the Grob or 172? Do you normally get to choose which you get to fly?

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:09 pm
by GJOYT
I got a flight in a Rallye 100 there a few weeks back and found the flight controls very responsive during level flight! I get to choose between flying a DA20 Katana and a Piper Archer PA-28-181. Does the Grob go faster than the 172? What powerplants do the two aircraft have?