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i rock at flight

I soloed* today. I was the first in my class to do so. I rock at flight.

Soloing is, of course, a strictly controlled and tightly scripted event which leaves no decisions in the hands of the pilot in training. It is a ritual designed to demonstrate that they have passed the minimum thresholds of skill for safe flight. It in no way implies that they are fully qualified as a pilot–that would require demonstrated sound judgment in the face of changing missions, inclement weather, enemy fire, planning and procedures, and a number of other skills that they haven’t even begun to teach. Despite that, it still feels good to have reached the milestone, and even better to have gotten there first.

* Soloing refers to the first flight a pilot makes without an instructor in the aircraft. Traditionally, this is done as the only person at all in the aircraft, but the Army’s safety mavens decided that in case a soloing pilot was incapacitated, it would be better to have a second student pilot in the copilot’s seat with strict orders not to touch the controls except as necessary to save their own life.

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Comment by para_cynic
2008-02-12 19:48:18

Congrats, man.

Even if you are just an Army dog.

Comment by anonymous
2008-02-12 21:23:21

You are great !

Comment by mystick358
2008-02-13 10:47:06

Congrats, Corio!

Comment by ultimatepsi
2008-02-13 16:25:21


Comment by moozeale
2008-02-14 05:45:07

That’s so cool!


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