When each of us begins our journey in the cockpit, we find fairly quickly that our instructor has a goal. Maybe we share that goal from Day 1, and maybe we don’t. It makes little difference.
The CFI knows that to become a real pilot — to truly manage the controls of a flying machine as Pilot in Control — we’re going to have to solo.
Some of us are thrilled when the day comes. Me? As I recall I was initially overcome by a wave of anxiety. When my CFI closed the door leaving me alone in the cockpit, I truly wondered if he knew what he was doing. I taxied away on Alpha at Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD) in Connecticut, headed for the hold short line at Runway 2, wondering what I’d gotten myself into.[Read more…]