John soloed today! He’s back home, alive and well and super-excited. He texted me a picture of his empty co-pilot’s seat right before his first solo take-off. That’s the only notice I got. (I mean, I knew it was possible today, wind-dependent, but that’s how he told me.) I didn’t have much time to worry (which may have been the point), and I can truthfully say I didn’t worry much. I’m confident in his (and his instructor’s) assessment of his skills.
He has a couple more boxes to check, a few more hours of practice (both solo and with his instructor), and then he should be licensed. It’s in sight! The weather has to cooperate, though. Flying in winter might be tricky.
Hooray for John!