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Remember the first aircraft you solo'ed in?

Old 20th Sep 2015, 02:35
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VH-WWO, C150M - June, 1987 Canberra ACT.

And despite my best (or worst, depends on your definition I guess) attempts I see the old bus is still on the register and going strong from what I understand.

Built 'em tough...........



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Old 20th Sep 2015, 03:44
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Schneider ES52 Mark IV glider - VH-GNY -August 1966


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Old 20th Sep 2015, 04:05
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VH-PKU Cessna 150L August 1976. Much preferred its stablemate, 1960 model C150 VH-CYD but as I had a DCA Examiner, the CFI made me use the more modern aircraft.
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Old 20th Sep 2015, 04:09
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N739ZL, a very tired 172 at Hayward (KHWD) on 26th July 2001. I was being followed by a bizjet and tower asked me to do a touch and go, which I refused. As I turned off the runway it was about six feet from the threshold. My instructor had nearly had a nervous breakdown.

N739ZL is still flying, even more tired - I see her every time I go to fly my own Plane at Palo Alto. I've flown in her once since getting my PPL, someone very kindly gave me a lift in her when I needed to retrieve my plane after an mx incident.
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Old 20th Sep 2015, 08:06
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First soloed a glider over the Whitsun weekend in 1958. A tandem seat trainer, Slingsby T38 rings a bell, after an initial few circuits in the venerable T21 which I see other here have experienced.
That all took place at Swanton Morley and was the last benefit I had of the High School CCF before I went out to earn a living.

Some years later on 28 September1969 I soloed a Piper Cherokee 140B ZS-FTX at Cradock in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Field elevation 3000 feet!

My licence is still current and I fly 9M-XXX
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Old 20th Sep 2015, 08:11
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de Havilland Chipmunk T.10 / DHC-1 Chipmunk WP797, RAF Woodvale, Formby, Lancs. 20 Dec 1965, with University of Liverpool Air Squadron. Probably the happiest time of my life, never to be forgotten. Lots of good times. Sadly, lost touch with virtually all fellow students and instructors, dearly wish I could rectify that. Aircraft left the UK in 1976 and went on to US register. If it ever came up for sale I'd seriously think of buying it and bringing to new home in Australia.


De Havilland DHC1 Chipmunk TMk10 WP797 Woodvale 03a.jpg by Roger Allison-Jones, on Flickr
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Old 20th Sep 2015, 08:17
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Southend August 1969 after 7 hours


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Old 20th Sep 2015, 10:57
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Cadet Mk3

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Old 20th Sep 2015, 13:04
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Here's mine..... G-AIZU on 18 October 1964; I believe the aircraft is still flying. It's certainly smarter in this picture than I remember it. Over the years since then I have found the truth of the adage "if you learned to fly in an Auster, you can fly anything". I had soloed in 1959 in a T21 at Lasham (CFI Derek Piggot) so G-AIZU was my first powered solo. I subsequently toured Europe in that aircraft, as well as the Royal Artillery Flying Club's Auster J1N G-AJAE. I think it's true to say I had more real fun in Austers than in anything since (American spamcans of all sorts, Apache, Aztec, Grumman Cougar, BN2A......).

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Old 20th Sep 2015, 19:41
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Talking

the first aircraft I solo'ed in was a herky...


on my Yamaha acoustic..


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Old 21st Sep 2015, 07:35
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 08:17
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Chipmunk T10. 28/11/72. Plymouth Roborough after !0:15 Hrs

Those were the days................
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 11:04
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Originally Posted by Sultan Ismail View Post
First soloed a glider over the Whitsun weekend in 1958. A tandem seat trainer, Slingsby T38 rings a bell, after an initial few circuits in the venerable T21 which I see other here have experienced.
That all took place at Swanton Morley and was the last benefit I had of the High School CCF before I went out to earn a living.
Wouldn't have been a T38; that was the single seat 'Grasshopper' open framed glider issued to some CCF schools to teach ground slides and hops with a bungee launch; most likely it was the T31 Mk 3.
My first solo was in a Mk3, XA305 at Halton in early November 1964, just over a month after my 16th birthday, 16 being the minimum age to fly solo.
My logbook reveals I did a total of 11 launches that day being 4 ordinary circuits, 2 cable breaks, 2 check flights with the CO and then 3 solo circuits for a total of 38 minutes, each circuit lasting about 3 minutes. If nothing else in those days, Air Cadet gliding gave you plenty of practice in landings!
First powered solo was almost exactly 7 years later in late October 1971 at Cambridge in a C150 GATKF, the one which had a mid air with a Varsity near Oakington. The pilot walked away, in fact he was the instructor who sent me solo. The effect was rather diluted though; I already had considerable gliding experience anyway and one evening, just as it was getting dark, my instructor said 'it's too late to send you solo today so we'll do that first thing in the morning'.
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 12:43
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Remember the first aircraft you solo'ed in?

A Varga Kachina.
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 13:44
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Cessna 150 G-AYGC. Still resident at Barton I think, though she left the Lancs Aero Club fleet soon after I soloed in her in 1978.
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Old 21st Sep 2015, 22:05
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solo'ed
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Old 22nd Sep 2015, 15:32
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Remember the first aircraft you solo'ed in?
Yes I do.

I think it remembers me also. (At least its tyres and legs)

I hadn't quite thought it through that a 15 stone QFI no longer beside me might affect the handling of the aircraft, and the crosswind was pretty sporty.

In the interests of safety, I tried each wheel in turn, and only when all three had remained intact after tarmac contact did I commit to using them all. (Well two first then a third a very short time after)

No Pipers were harmed in the making of this episode
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Old 22nd Sep 2015, 23:12
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C-152 at Q99 (South County Airport, CA) a couple of days after the ATC strike.

Question to my instructor on planning the flight down from SJC - "Is is safe to fly with no controllers".

Her response - "There's no one else flying - it won't get any safer".
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Old 23rd Sep 2015, 05:21
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Long ago.
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Old 23rd Sep 2015, 11:37
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T21B Lindholme (RAFGSA)

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Dodging B707, B727, an occasional 74, Shacks and P166's and farmers was interesting.
 

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