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sid pileski
08-20-2014, 05:29 PM
Taking off at the instructor's private strip:
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sid pileski
08-20-2014, 05:31 PM
Instructor walking away!
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Take off!!
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sid pileski
08-20-2014, 05:33 PM
New pilot!
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TGTool
08-20-2014, 05:33 PM
That's great and I'm sure you're proud. The rest of us are sitting on pins and needles till we see that she also gets back on the ground okay.

Edit: Whew, next post just in. Thanks.

dp
08-20-2014, 05:40 PM
Great fun and congrats to her. I remember mine like it was 40 years ago (it was). It was also quite spectacular. There was a ceremony after (as with all first solo flights) of cutting the back of your shirt off. Unfailingly they would also snip the bra strap of the female students which prompted a number of last-minute preflight wardrobe changes.

My spectacular moment came when I hit the wing vortex of the AirCal 737 that had just taken off from the runway to my right. Stood me right on the port wingtip. My wife thought I was showboating as she was right below me at the time. My instructor also saw it and approved of my recovery and cleared me for solo flying at 12 hours instruction.

None of my kids were ever interested in learning to fly though they did enjoy taking the controls.

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 05:43 PM
She did this about Three weeks ago. Saved her own money. 13 hours/$100/Hr, wet.
If you notice her hair is cut rather short. That's because she is now at Norwich University. Corps of Cadets, Airforce ROTC and Drill Team.
She was in Civil Air Patrol for five years before. She's always wanted to fly!
She did this on a Friday night, we brought her to school Saturday morning, two weeks before the returning students.
She is a Rook, until they get recognized. then they get privlages.
Can't even call back home. They confiscate their phones and can only use them on Sunday for 10 minutes!

I miss my wing man!

Weston Bye
08-20-2014, 05:46 PM
Congratulations! She has my admiration and respect. I learned to fly in a Cessna 150, nearly all of the flying from paved runways. The nose-dragger 150 was a mistake as it didn't prepare me for a tail-dragger landing in a Cub. I did it once, but just barely. Again, congratulations, father and daughter!

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 05:56 PM
Congratulations! She has my admiration and respect. I learned to fly in a Cessna 150, nearly all of the flying from paved runways. The nose-dragger 150 was a mistake as it didn't prepare me for a tail-dragger landing in a Cub. I did it once, but just barely. Again, congratulations, father and daughter!

Yeah Wes, I've been told that it was best for her to learn in a tail dragger first. Even a friend of mine who was thre, just learning to fly a Pitts said that he envide her learning in the J5 first.
Her instructor flew C-130s in Vietnam and 707s I think he said. He has a boat load of hours flying and really enjoys teaching kids to fly.

saltmine
08-20-2014, 06:32 PM
That's great! At least she picked a "real" airplane to learn in....one that was older than she is (1940). BTW, that J-5 appears to be nicely restored.

A.K. Boomer
08-20-2014, 06:46 PM
You can see the serious focus in that kid, very cool and yes much pride is a good thing...

vpt
08-20-2014, 07:07 PM
Very cool!

Mike Burch
08-20-2014, 07:11 PM
Oh man, she'll remember that day for the rest of her life!
I, too, envy her learning in a tail-dragger. That's REAL stick-and-rudder stuff. I had about 100 hours in Cessnas before I first flew a Super Cub and discovered what my mother and God-mother had been on about.
And tell her $100 an hour is seriously cheap! I gave up flying ten years ago when the cost for a 152 went up to $160 (without an instructor - that was an extra $40). It's now well over $200.
So give her a congratulatory hug from me, Sid, and tell her there's an old coot in New Zealand who's envious.

George Bulliss
08-20-2014, 07:18 PM
Congrats to her. She'll always remember that day and that airplane. My first solo was in a 152 on a 6,000 foot runway, so not as cool but still made an impression. On my flight, the instructor's door popped open on rotation, causing a lot of noise and a bit of a surprise. I kept looking at the right seat during my three TOs and landings; couldn't believe I was alone.

We did the cutting of the shirt too but I wish I knew about the bra thing. When I was an instructor most my students were girls, since I was the only married instructor at the school and management felt I was the least likely to cause problems. I have good memories of those days but cutting bras might have added a few more.

Although it's been a while since I've flown, I did keep my instructor certificate up to date for years, thinking I could teach my kids some day. Well, they are old enough to think for themselves now and both have no interest in flying, so I didn't renew this past spring. It was a tough rating to get and letting go was hard.

Jim Hubbell
08-20-2014, 07:19 PM
That's a fine thing she has done. And on her own makes it double fine!
I was short-shirted 1952 after a solo in an Aeronca Champ. Seven fifty an hour for plane and instructor.

flylo
08-20-2014, 07:29 PM
That's GREAT! And in a real plane with the wheel in the back where it belongs. She'll be a much better pilot learning in a tailwheel plane, Congrats!

lakeside53
08-20-2014, 07:37 PM
I till remember mine (38 years ago), specifically the big shock as to how the Piper 140 leapt into the air unhindered by the 275lb+ instructor, and how it floated "forever" on landing. lol. Quite a buzz.

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 07:47 PM
We all talked about the cutting of the shirt thing. I had not heard of that before.
It didn't happen. If you look close she had on her shirt she got from the EAA when she went to a week long camp out there when she was 14. The local EAA chapter offered up a scholarship to a Civil Air Patrol kid. She Jumped on it and we payed the difference.
After college she is headed to the USAF. She would love to a pilot there, but those slots are drying up.

Errol Groff
08-20-2014, 08:02 PM
I owned a J-5A for a time. I had no need for an airspeed indicator, just used a calendar instead. That plane was fun but speed was not one of its strong points.

Errol

George Bulliss
08-20-2014, 08:05 PM
She would love to a pilot there, but those slots are drying up.

I watched a nephew graduate from the academy in 2013 and was surprised by the number of guys going on to pilot training. Not sure how many wash out, but it seemed like they were still cranking out a fair amount of pilots. I'm sure she'll still have a shot.

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 08:41 PM
I watched a nephew graduate from the academy in 2013 and was surprised by the number of guys going on to pilot training. Not sure how many wash out, but it seemed like they were still cranking out a fair amount of pilots. I'm sure she'll still have a shot.
Well, that may be true George. But another thing, she is only 5', so she is too short to be a fighter pilot!
But she could be part of some other flight crew. Plus, her major is history. Most fighter pilots are in the engineering fields.

lakeside53
08-20-2014, 08:49 PM
It may not hold her back. The son of a friend has a recent major in History, and just got accepted into Officer training for the Air National Guard to fly C130's. He has about 100 hours of private pilot flight experience and no prior job since college. He's so happy someone will pay for him to learn how to fly, and he can still pursue a civilian flying job.

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 09:39 PM
My daughter actually job shadowed a woman (Major I think??) that is a navigator on C130's out of the ANG base in Scotia NY. They are the ones that fly the SkiBirds with rocket assist.
We got to sit in the right and left seats! I liked the little steering wheel to control the front landing gear direction.

lwalker
08-20-2014, 09:45 PM
I kept looking at the right seat during my three TOs and landings; couldn't believe I was alone.

I also soloed in a C152 and that was the thing that freaked me out. I was totally fine all the way from taxiing through takeoff, but I was in a right hand pattern and when I looked over at my right wing before the first turn and it sunk in that there was no one in that seat, my heart skipped a few beats. Besides that it was pretty uneventful (except for my instructor having the tower controller tell me to go around just as I was flaring for the second landing).

And you guys are right: that was back in 1991 and I still remember that afternoon like it was yesterday.

mooney1el
08-20-2014, 09:54 PM
" What a Feeling"! Irene Cara's famous music from Flashdance popped into mind as I read your description. Congratulations to her and to you too for the wonderful job you've done.

sid pileski
08-20-2014, 10:02 PM
" What a Feeling"! Irene Cara's famous music from Flashdance popped into mind as I read your description. Congratulations to her and to you too for the wonderful job you've done.

Thanks! I hope we did a good job! However, she's only 1/3 of my group. She's a triplet. The other two are
also headed off to college!

Toolguy
08-20-2014, 10:09 PM
In that case, they deserve equal time. It's only fair! Let's have some pics and biography on the other two!:cool:

chipmaker4130
08-21-2014, 01:56 AM
. . .she is only 5', so she is too short to be a fighter pilot!. . .

Hey, she's tall enough for her feet to reach the ground and that'll work for a lot of flying jobs. It isn't fighters, but after more than 34 years of commercial flying I still find it fun. There is also drug interdiction plus all sorts of law enforcement possibilities that add a little excitement to the work.

radkins
08-21-2014, 04:25 AM
My solo happened in 1976 in a Cessna 150 and it was a flight I will never forget for a couple of reasons! First was the kind of loneliness that can only be experienced by looking over at that empty right seat but the real excitement came when due to my nervousness I failed to properly secure that little door on the right side of the cowling after checking the oil, all went well at first but at the slightest bank to the left that thing started banging away and scared the you-know-what out of me! I realized quickly that flying straight ahead seemed normal but the clattering in even a gentle left bank was unnerving to say the least, actually it wasn't all that loud but I didn't know what was causing it so it was highly amplified by my nervousness and when I exited the plane after landing I was so tensed up I was actually sore the next day. We all got a good laugh that day but it sure didn't seem funny at the time.

Lew Hartswick
08-21-2014, 08:26 AM
May I suggest the next step is Sail Plane transition. She will have a ball there also. :-)
...lew...

wierdscience
08-21-2014, 08:54 AM
Congrats Sid,so good to see kids stepping up and becoming adults!

browne92
08-21-2014, 09:09 AM
You can see the serious focus in that kid, very cool and yes much pride is a good thing...

That's the first thing I noticed...she looked quite determined.

Congrats to her. Sounds like she has a plan and knows exactly where she want to be.

Dragons_fire
08-21-2014, 12:23 PM
Congrats to Her. My wife and I both had our pirvate pilots licenses before having drivers licenses! The instructor and I were doing touch and gos, and we touched down, he took control and stopped the aircraft, then opened the door, stepped out, said "have fun" and then walked away... I had about 8 hours of official instruction in a Piper Tomahawk when i solo'd, but i had done lots of "intro" flights before that and used to "play" with my flight sim every night after school.

sid pileski
08-21-2014, 04:18 PM
I would say that ths kid has definate determination. She is a "damn the torpedos" sort.
My other two are more conservative.

Its funny how they are all bone at the same time, raised pretty much the same, yet all completely different!

Sid

tmc_31
08-23-2014, 11:32 AM
Sid, congratulations to your daughter and you. I soloed in 1975 in a Piper Colt. Got my shirt tail cut off.

A few years ago a young lady named Lisa moved into the hangar next to me. She was just over 5'. She was a B-1 driver from Dyess AFB. She became an IP while at Dyess then transferred to the Air Force Academy to teach Gliders. While she was my neighbor she started flying a Cessna 140 which she sold after a year or so. Then she bought a Pitts S-1. She was a very impressive young woman.

I was also privileged to meet a young woman who flew A-10's. Wow, she had some great stories:)

Best of luck to your daughter, I hope she has at least half as much fun with aviation as I have.

Tim

krutch
08-25-2014, 04:19 PM
I'm proud of her and I don't even know her. Best of wishes for her future.