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My First Solo as a Deaf Pilot

It was a big day for me today. Flying for the first time without my instructor onboard, which means he will not handle the radio communication for me. I was excited and looking forward being the Pilot in Command. It was a beautiful sunny day, but windy. The headwind was kind of concerning me a little, but I could handle it.

My instructor and I started together and did three takeoffs and landings. Then he gave me the 'go' for solo. I was anxious to start by myself. As he got out of the C-150, I taxied to the runway. There were a few airplanes in front of me before I took off. That went out with no communication problems. It was my turn to take off and went up in the air and around in the traffic pattern. It was fun to fly alone! I made the first landing attempt and handled a good landing. I took off for the second time and landed without problems. For the last attempt, I took off and went around to land. The winds started to affect the landing, so I did not like the landing conditions on that one, so I made a go-around. I thought it was a wise choice to do so. So I went around and landed on ground to complete my first solo! I felt really accomplished after my first solo and it was a dream come true. I have always dreamed of myself taking control of an airplane, and my dream came true today on March 12, 2009. My instructor shook my hand and congratulated me as I got out of the airplane. Got the back of my t-shirt cut. It was such as great day.

9 Responses to “My First Solo as a Deaf Pilot”

  1. It is a pleasure to be the CFI working with Brent. Really fun to see his smile as I cut his shirt-tail. He did it all the right way. The safe way. Now we're off to completing the FAR 61 requirements for his Private Pilot certificate. Stay tuned !

  2. Congratulations Brent and I wish you many more great days of safe flying.

    Don in Virginia

  3. Don Vreuls Says:
    March 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Congrats, Brent. As you've learned, that first solo flight is an experience like no other on the planet. I was pleased to see you make a go-around when you were uncomfortable with that third approach set-up; it revealed good training and great judgement. I know lots of deaf people who are ambitious and motivated to excel, but you are first pilot that I've known. Enjoy your new-found freedom.

    Another Don in Virginia

  4. Brian Redpath Says:
    March 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    It was an honor being there as your lifelong dream unfolded. Continue to chase your dreams and don't let anyone tell you they're not possible. You just proved a lot of people wrong. I am proud of you and I love you dearly, son. Got any suggestions on how to help calm my nerves, though? ILY, Dad

  5. Grandpa Ray Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Dear Brent,
    Like Don said above ... There is nothing like your first solo flight. I made my first solo about 35 years ago and I still feel the excitement of that flight. It never goes away. Flying is an experience like no other. Congratulations!

    Love, Gpa

  6. Alex Kovnat Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Congratulations on your first solo flight.

    But we ought to solve the problem of getting audio intelligence into your central nervous system, perhaps from implanted electrodes, so you can hear what's on the active air traffic control frequency (i.e. ground taxi controllers, tower operators who administers pilots in takeoff and landing, departure/approach controllers, et cetera). Or alternatively, there should be a way to get air traffic control instructions to you in digital/text string form displayed on the primary flight display, i.e. "Steer 050", "Squawk xxxx and ident", et cetera.

    But right now you're doing a good job. Lots of folks with ears, myself included, might envy what you have accomplished!

  7. Congrats Brent! May you be an inspiration for all out there who yearn to fly.

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