Monday 20 May 2013 02:40 UTC
If you're learning to fly, or thinking of learning, then here's the place to post your questions, comments and experiences
I did my first solo landaway to Duxford. Much fun. Many years ago.
IMHO the big thing to get right is what's on your kneeboard. Get all the information together, in roughly the order you'll need it, and know your way around it. Include information for your alternate - it's incredibly rare that a solo student has to divert, but not impossible. Have a well marked up chart that you're really comfortable with the folding of.
And most of all, enjoy it, and so long as you do it all as taught, you'll be fine. Don't come up with any clever new ideas! Those always end in tears.
Yes, but fortunately most of them happened to other people.
But my first solo X-country I tried to "do my own thing" nav-wise, got horribly lost, eventually found my way back to home base late and embarrassed. I was honest with my instructor, who calmly said that perhaps we should do a little more dual nav. I agreed.
I was half the age I am now, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I did the first part of my training in oz (then my visa ran out but that's another story). Best tip I got was to draw a rough visualisation of your destination on your plog. But do it (sounds obvious) in the direction that you expect to come from. That way you have a fair idea of what you should be seeing. As you learn (and still for me now) it's all about reducing the workload. I would write where downwind should be and the numbers at each end of the little lines that represented the runways. Hope this helps.
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