March 7th, 2011 was the day when I finally offloaded my instructor and took the skies alone. Fifteen hours on and I’m still smiling.
A few weeks back when I didn’t get to go Solo, Steve said to me “Don’t worry mate, there are only a few firsts you remember in your life and your first solo is one of them. Mine was the … Tell me, can you remember the date the first time you, you know ;-)”. It was a bloody good point. He was right, I’ll never forgot this one, thats for sure.
It was also my cousin Adams birthday, he’s flies 767’s across the Atlantic for a living. He being a big reason why I got so fascinated with this flying caper. Co-indecently, I often call him Big Boy (look at the photo carefully). In case your wondering its not because of a certain appendage despite his claims…
Anyway, Wilson checked me out for Solo after we did 6 landings in total, a glide approach, a flapless, a go-around, a runway change and drilling me on every safety procedure I knew of. He left me feeling confident and excited. The conditions were near as perfect. The rest, I’ll leave to the video 🙂
Bloody brilliant! Big congrats! 🙂
Well Done Brett! looks like the perfect circuit and unlike the other first, went for the full six minutes, plus you get to keep the video. nice Landing. would like to see a blog entry on the camera you use and how you hooked it up to the radios etc. Rich.
Well done cuz
Brings back memories:)
Awesome to be able to share your big moment! You look pretty damn comfortable up there, mind you, we didn’t get to hear the tone of your voice in the rest of your radio calls!