For some, it’s a badge of honor. For most of us, it is what it is. We’re talking about the number of hours it took you to solo.
We asked that question of digital subscribers in the July issue of Flight Training magazine, and here’s what you said.
The majority of respondents–39 percent–said it took from 11 to 20 hours to solo.
More interesting–or troubling, depending on your viewpoint–37 percent said it took more than 20 hours to solo.
Just 10 percent had soloed in 10 or fewer hours, and 14 percent said they hadn’t soloed yet.
Our poll is admittedly very unscientific since we don’t draw from a very large sample. Still, it raises some interesting questions. Are we taking longer to solo? If so, why? Is it the aircraft? Are instructors trying to make sure that students know more before they sign them off for solo? Are we just slower? (I offer that last one in jest, sort of.)
It’s expected that people who aren’t teenagers might take a little longer to solo. A student who has logged well into 20 or more hours, however, runs the risk of becoming frustrated, and we all know where that road leads.
Your thoughts?—Jill W. Tallman
“Since You Asked” polls appear monthly in the digital edition of Flight Training. If you’d like to switch your magazine from paper to digital at no additional charge, go here or call Member Services 800-USA-AOPA weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.