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By Jim Jones
My first solo was a local bimble to the coast and back, revelling in the self reliance.

First big trip was to Duxford with non pilot passengers. An ambition I’d had for 25 years.
By PeterMa
Mine was with Father ( a long standing pilot ) and another pilot friend - so no pressure there ! but I did see it as a chance to have some help if things weren't quite right .

Turned out we fouled a plug at Sandown , I cleared it , but did get the offer of one of them flying it back - I declined on the basis & understanding if things went wrong I'd happily give over control if ' I have control' was shouted :)

I still loved every second of it :)
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By Dodo
I learned on a C152 in 1992 and while I was waiting (ages and ages and ages) for my licence to arrive had an hour's dual to convert onto a PA28.

First P1 flight after licence arrival was a local (Shoreham to Shoreham) in the same PA28.

I then barely flew for 6 months as I had spent all my money getting the licence!
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By Charles Hunt
Local and a few circuits.

Good advice on here has been 'only do one thing new at a time.' Do a couple of trips to a nice destination (Sandown/Goodwood?) alone, then take a passenger or two - even that can make a difference if habitually you have stuff on the passenger seat when solo (for example.)

Do not set off four up into a low cloud base over high ground into an unfamiliar strip 350m long.

(Are you Sussex based and not too heavy? Come and have a sit in the back of KATI)
By johnm
My first trip was to take MrsJohnm to Bembridge as a rehearsal for our first trip to Alderney.
By TopCat
Mine was a local flight practising circuits and a short navex.

Then 10 days later I went from Goodwood to Denham and back with a student pilot friend.

I remember it well, as it was 1992 - pre-internet - and the only weather forecast available was the old faxes pinned to the planning room wall. It was a perfect day, fair weather Cu, warm, light winds, and I'd spent a long time planning. Then two guys came into the planning room, saying things like "not sure I'm going to fly today, I don't like the look of the weather".

Which prompted much further checking of the available TAFs, etc., in case I'd missed anything.

I hadn't, we flew, and it was a great trip.
By Ebbie 2003
My first trip - my second solo after getting my PPL 18 months earlier was New Jersey to Barbados - took 37 hobbs hours - some 4hr 30min legs .

My first trip was a ten minute flight of three touch and goes.

New type Archer II - I had learned on a 172 - flew an hour dual in a PA38 but other than that there were no airplanes here so bought my own.

In 2014 to 2017 my airplane was back in the US - don't ask - so no flying other than goes to US for BFR in 2016 - flew it back to Barbados from Ft Lauderdale Executive 13 hobbs hours including St Croix to Barbados direct . First solo in three years - Ft.L to Stella Maris - oddly after a three year break I found I was a much more relaxed and proficient pilot - that was weird - my only flying other than the BFR was playing War Thunder!

I now fly it out of Canefield in Dominica.
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By Cessna571
My first flight after passing was a single circuit with my wife, looking back on it, it was more for me than her.

I wanted to show her how fabulous flying is, but she was very nervous before we took off, our original plan was a touch and go, then a local, on downwind she said “nope, just land”.

That was three and a half years ago, we’ve not flown together since, and it took me a while to stop asking her if she wanted to, then on holiday this year she said “can we go flying when we get back”, she’s asked to fly to the Shuttleworth Collection!

After that I think I went for a local tour as I’d moved airfields, the weird bit isn’t your first flight, it’s your first solo planning, sitting down with a map, thinking “where shall we go today”, and not having to check with anyone.

Changing your plan whilst flying is good too, This happened to me...
“What’s that over there?”
“That’s very interesting”
“Let’s go have a look shall we”
“woah, if we go over there shouldn’t you have filed that in your flightplan”
:lol: flightplan :lol:
:o you mean we can fly wherever we like”
“yep, nearly”
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