First time in a week that I could fly (the eather in NW Indiana isn’t always cooperative in winter)
It was cold (-5 F) and calm. Like perfectly calm.
So at 7 AM they unlocked the doors and I preflighted the plane. The last user had overtightened the oil cap, but other than that, the plane was good. (I loosened it using a pair of pliers from my toolbox …oil level was good).
Then a quick flight check with the Chief Instructor. 2 stalls, some slow flight, an engine out procedure, and a landing…then another landing. First one was flat, second one was a go around (my choice) and then a really smooth landing. Touched down as the stall horn went off, exactly where I wanted.
Taxi back to the barn, turn around, he got out, and I taxied back to the hold short line for 18.
Now it REALLY got real. No one next to me. No safety net.
and I called for departure on 18 on CTAF, and warned everyone:
“Look out above,
Watch out below:
Y’all better be ready,
Here I go. “
and with that, I did my first ever solo takeoff .
Around the pattern….
Was OK, the second landing was better than the first, and then a third one which was ok.
Then back to the barn and parked it.
Like most first times, it went too fast…
Maybe video later if I can get it off the camera.
ETA: Can’t seem to get any good clips from the GoPro, so none at this time.
And yes, I did transmit that. Figured I’d better warn everyone.