5 tips for your first solo flight and how to prepare for itApril 11, 2019
There is no doubt that your first solo flight will be something you will be remembering all your life and you will be feeling all kinds of emotions. After hours and hours of training and hard work the time has finally come – you will be flying on your own with no flight instructor by your side. You will be examined on your take-off, circuit pattern and of course, a safe landing at end of the examination. The thought of it can be a bit frightening, but there is nothing to worry about if you have prepared yourself in advance. If you still want to calm your nerves and read about some recommendations, here a couple of tips for your first solo flight.
- Don’t panic!
The most important thing is not to stress out before or during the examination. Remember that your flight instructor will only examine you if he or she believe that you are ready and knows that you are capable of safely demonstrating that you can fly an airplane. Feeling nervous is completely normal, and we always recommend to have a good sleep the night before to be 100% rested and ready for your first solo flight. Don’t let the panic control you, you can do this!
- Double check your checklists
Take your time for the checklist and if you feel like you want to go over again, do it! These checklists are there for a reason and going through them again might determine whether you will have a successful or unsuccessful flight. Make sure that all of the boxes are ticked off before your big first solo take-off, and double-checking them will make you feel more secure about it.
- Be prepared for the aircraft to feel different
What happens if instead of 2 people there’s only 1 in the cockpit? Exactly, everything feels so much lighter. If you ask anyone who has recently done their first solo flight they will assure you that they notice the difference immediately, but that’s not something you should be afraid of. You will notice that take-offs are going to be shorter, the controls will feel lighter, and the rate climb quicker. This will impact on the rapidness of the cruising altitude reach and how quickly the aircraft speeds up – two important things to bear in mind when doing your first solo flight. But guess what? The view is so much prettier when there’s no one blocking the amazing view!
- No need to be embarrassed to “go-around”
Aircraft landing can be nerve-wracking when you’ve got people watching every single movement you do, but you need to stay calm and confident when landing the aircraft. If you feel that your approach isn’t spot on and believe you can do it better and more accurate, do a go-around. There is no reason to feel embarrassed to do this, on the contrary, this is a positive decision as you will show your instructor that you can differentiate a good from a bad approach. If you want to find out how to master your landings, this article will give you some tips and recommendations to improve your landings.
- Enjoy the flight!
Don’t let the nervousness affect you and your first solo flight! Keep in mind that your flight instructor believes 100% that you are ready, otherwise he/she wouldn’t have signed you off for this. Just relax and enjoy the flight, fly how you always do and make your instructor and yourself proud!
At Panamedia we always ensure the highest quality training for a students, and with one of the highest pass-rates in Spain, there is no doubt that you will master your first solo flight!
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