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My First Solo

July 3, 2004 - Orange County Airport - Information Foxtrot - Five Four Five Niner Kilo
Jean exits the aircraft and cuts me loose.
Jean exits the aircraft and cuts me loose.
Secondary runups.  Good thing I brought the checklist.
Secondary runups. Good thing I brought the checklist.
All systems go.
All systems go.
Set to depart.
Set to depart.
Taxi into positon.
Taxi into positon.
I can do this.
I can do this.
Entering the runway.
Entering the runway.
Line her up.
Line her up.
We have liftoff.
We have liftoff.
Damn, get that nose up.  Mountains at 11:00
Damn, get that nose up. Mountains at 11:00
Climbing at 76 knots.
Climbing at 76 knots.
Bringing her home.  Turning Final
Bringing her home. Turning Final
Moment of truth coming up.
Moment of truth coming up.
Flaps at 30 degrees.
Flaps at 30 degrees.
Crosswind at 8 knots.
Crosswind at 8 knots.
Get the nose down.
Get the nose down.
My first landing without an instructor.
My first landing without an instructor.
Ready to flare.
Ready to flare.
67 knots.
67 knots.
On the numbers.
On the numbers.
Taxiing back.
Taxiing back.
Now I can breath easy.
Now I can breath easy.
That was fun, can I do it again?
That was fun, can I do it again?
YES!!!
YES!!!
Success!!!! Thank you Joris and Jean.
Success!!!! Thank you Joris and Jean.