John had his pre-solo check ride Friday afternoon, and it went well enough that if it hadn’t been so windy, he would have flown his first solo flight right after it. They decided it was a bit too gusty to do it yesterday, and I think I’m a little relieved. I’m not worried about it, exactly. I have every faith in John’s abilities, and I trust his instructor to know when John is ready, but I think I’d like to be at the airport when he does it. Just in case. I think. But leaving that aside, John is ready to solo! Already! This is very cool. Soon we’ll be able to hop in a plane to visit people instead of the car.
I think he’s been learning in something like this (assuming Google Images is really showing me pictures of a Piper Warrior):
And here’s the (student) pilot himself: