The Student Solo
A student’s first solo is a pivotal time in their flight training.
One of the most common questions students ask is “WHEN CAN I SOLO?”
In order to solo, a student must be able to…
- Make competent go/no-go decisions for every flight.
- Determine the location of all other traffic while in the pattern.
- Establish and maintain a stabilized approach.
- Determine wind direction and make proper rudder/aileron inputs.
- Manage the aircraft’s energy so landings occur at the touchdown points.
- Land with and then maintain the proper pitch altitude.
- Keep the longitudinal axis parallel to and over the runway centerline.
- Keep the centerline between the main wheels throughout all take offs and landings.
- Respond correctly and positively to any abnormality or emergency.
- Communicate properly and effectively with other traffic or ATC.