...but...on my first solo climb out, my seat came unlatched and slid back and off the rails. I’m not very tall, so with feet way off the pedals and barely touching the yoke with my left index finger, I survived. I had enough sense of mind not to instantly grab the yoke to prevent my sliding back, thus pitching the nose up, stalling before I even reached pattern altitude.
I was trimmed slightly more nose up than needed. So, wallowing around there in the climb, with my outstretched arm and finger holding the yoke forward, I reached out and eased the trim wheel nose down with my right hand until I was roughly level.
Then I began to take a look around at my seat and predicament. I screwed around with the seat and got it a few more inches forward and jammed sideways a bit. “Sitting on the edge of my seat”, way out of the traffic pattern and drifting over Oceanside California, I managed to barely get my feet back on the pedals, make it back to the pattern, clear the high tension wires and make my first solo landing. I taxied up and shut it down with my instructor fuming mad and demanding to know where the hell I went. Then he noticed that I was sitting funny and he opened the door and saw my twisted seat and predicament. I swear he turned white as a ghost.
An AD came out for seat rail stops on Cessna’s some time later, but I had already made my own and carried it in my flight bag. I still have it. So I had my first emergency on my first solo. Might not be a record but I'm in a rare club.
Last edited by Temp Spike; 23rd Nov 2012 at 05:53.