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Beware in the skies ... TBF solos

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by three_bags_full, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I've mentioned here before that I've had my share of ups and downs (pun intended) in the cockpit over the last few weeks.

    For some reason I certainly can't pinpoint, my instructor pilot decided today that I was ready for a solo. So, three takeoffs, traffic patterns and one landing later, voilà, I was done.

    My stick buddy thought I was going to kill him, but we both survived. I'm glad it's over, but my IP says the hard work starts tomorrow.

  2. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Congrats. May all your landings be smooth.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Uh, how do you take off three times but land once? Are we light a couple of planes now?
  4. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    What we call "normal approaches" in the "pre-solo" phase of training are all done to a 3-foot hover. All my traffic pattern approaches were to hovers, and then I landed when I got to the "helicopter parking lot."

    Since I've now solo'd (ed?), and the training kicks up a notch, all my approaches will be at much steeper angles and will terminate at the ground, rather than at a hover.

    Thoroughly confused, now?
  5. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Just reading 3BF's posts makes my stomach drop.

    Good luck, dude. Be safe up there.
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    My stomach dropped a few times that first week, too. I was a little too nervous while on the controls a couple of times.

    I'm pretty much past all that now, though I'm still a little heavy on the controls sometimes because I'm tense.
  7. kokane_muthashed

    kokane_muthashed Active Member

    Congrats. Keep it between the clouds.
  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I'm only VFR qualified, so I have to keep it well below the clouds, for right now. In late August, however (when I get to instruments), I'll certainly do that.
  9. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room. [/top gun]
  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost rider requesting a flyby.
    Air Boss Johnson: That's a negative, Ghost rider, the pattern is full.
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but they can't fly backward.
  12. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Good luck tbf.

    And as long as we're quoting movies....

    What's the vector Victor?!
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