QUOTE(detpilot @ Feb 24 2005, 10:14 PM)
First soloed 2 summers ago, in a piper cherokee at KDET. It was uneventful ,except I had to go around the second time because of a dog running on the runway! (I had never heard of that happening, LOL). Anyways, looking back, it was great times. Now I am almost finished my Instrument rating!
In case no one has yet, allow me to welcome you to the jungle. It's a great place to talk aviation in all it's forms. Hope you enjoy!
I'm still trying to find my first logbook to give a first solo date, but I think it was in 1978. All I remember about it was that it was unexpected. Hawker could probably tell you that the element of suprise was intentional. My instructor saw some ultra-lights on the ramp and asked me to land and taxi over to them. No problem. We got to them and he said that he wanted to check them out.
I assumed that I was invited to the party also, but as he got out, he told me to keep the engine running and to, BTW, do three touch and go's without him while he looked at the ultra-lights. All I could think was "sh**. Lets not screw this thing up".
The most memorable thought on takeoff was how light that 152 was. I got off the ground much sooner than expected and climbed much better. Well, the flights around the pattern went great and I almost didn't pick up my instructor. The plane flew so much better without him!
The next few years would fill a new topic, mostly about how a new pilot thinks he's flying for the Thunderbirds. Not advisable.
As far as heavy metal, 1990 got my FE cert on the 727. Didn't get hired because of my experience at the time, but learned a lot that helped me later.
Happy to be flying? Sure! Hey, it's a profession like anything else, only without the work. Ok, there have been some days....
Tips for a flying career? That's SF3aviatrix's department. :D