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…

  1. Make competent go/no-go decisions for every flight.
  2. Determine the location of all other traffic while in the pattern.
  3. Establish and maintain a stabilized approach.
  4. Determine wind direction and make proper rudder/aileron inputs.
  5. Manage the aircraft’s energy so landings occur at the touchdown points.
  6. Land with and then maintain the proper pitch altitude.
  7. Keep the longitudinal axis parallel to and over the runway centerline.
  8. Keep the centerline between the main wheels throughout all take offs and landings.
  9. Respond correctly and positively to any abnormality or emergency.
  10. Communicate properly and effectively with other traffic or ATC.
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