Dec 2011 Barbara Kirmsse’s 1st Solo!!
All those who have soloed, and those who anxiously await the memorable day, will enjoy reading Barbara Kirmsse’s 1st solo account. Thanks Barbara for all the wonderful pictures and description of your 1st solo flight!!
December 7th has a new meaning to me as well as reminding me of the enormous impact that theÂ bombing of Pearl Harbor had on our nation! 12-7-11 is the day of my very first solo flight! This day can never be duplicated. Making it even sweeter is the fact that I soloed in a tail draggerâ€¦..an Aeronca Champ 7GC!
When I woke up on the morning of December 7th to sunshine and little windâ€¦.I knew this was the day! I was so excited and full of anticipationâ€¦â€¦and so ready! I wanted to do this. My instructor, Walt, met me at Flabob Airport at 11:00 A.M. With Walt in the back seat, I warmed up with five pretty nice take offs and landings. The time had comeâ€¦.Walt gave me one last instructionâ€¦â€¦..let him off at the end of the runway and to â€œHAVE FUN!â€
When he exited the Champ and closed the door it was so quiet I could hear my own heart pounding! It was then that I realized that I wasnâ€™t aloneâ€¦that God was my copilot and Walt had thoroughly prepared me for this moment. I calmed down and concentrated on theÂ task at hand. My Bill was there at the airport but tried to stay hidden so I wouldnâ€™t be distracted. Are you kidding!!?!?!!â€¦..I saw his truck behind those airplanes!!!! I was so happy he was there andâ€¦.I was focused!!! The scene was set! â€¦â€¦Lights, Camera, Action!
I announced â€œFlabob Traffic, Champ 9872Yanky, Departing Runway 24, Student Pilotâ€¦first solo flight, Flabob Trafficâ€!!!! Then I was on my way rolling down the runway, dancing on the rudders, rotating into solo flight. What an exhilarating feeling as the wind caught my wings and lifted my little Champ into the air! Everything went extremely well and as planned. I was amazed at the courtesy and encouragement the other pilots in the area gave me during my three solo take offs and landings. â€œTake your time, Champâ€ and â€œWhew Whoâ€ were some of the in flight acknowledgements.
It was on my way home from the airport that day that I called my dad and mom. They intuitively knew by the tone of my â€œHelloâ€ that I had successfully accomplished my first solo! They were so excited and happy for meâ€¦.gushing with loving congratulations! I had to laugh when I remembered the day I told my mom that I was almost ready to solo. She immediately saidâ€¦ â€œWell, your instructor will still be in the back seat, wonâ€™t he?â€ She wasnâ€™t too happy with my answer!
My day was even more special due to the support of all my airport buddies who were there to takeÂ pictures and to cheer me on! They all helped to make this one of my most memorable days ever!