Lately most of my flying has always been with a co-pilot. Don’t get me wrong, It is a lot of fun to have a co-pilot. And definitely makes flying easier when there is someone to help with the navigation, communication, finding traffic and airport environment, as well as, keeping you on top of things so you don’t forget.
During our recent stamp collecting flight, although I had hoped to fly solo, I did end up taking a co-pilot. But during the final leg during our return from Orange County airport back home, I did fly solo 🙂
The weather that day, was unexpected. Overcast skies and marginal weather. It totally messed our plans to Fly the Five. The ultimate downer was, all five of our selected airports were VFR with clear skies, only there was no way to get to them in VFR conditions.
We headed out, hopeful as ever, but very quickly we had to accept the fact that even with the scud running we were doing under marginal VFR, there was no way we could squeeze under the cloud layer and over the Shenandoah mountains!
The weather was still marginal. The scattered to overcast skies varied from 1,500 ft to 2,000 ft and occasionally higher. Sometimes flying at 1500 ft and sometimes 2000 ft, I made it, too quickly, back at my home airport. Still, it was a lot of fun. I was happy to recognize all the landmarks, identify my airport and follow the VFR procedures in use, stay under Class Bravo and arrive safely back, tow and tie down the aircraft by myself without any help 🙂
Flying solo, is something I have enjoyed immensely from time to time. It allows me to not only concentrate deeply and fly the aircraft with dedication, but also the emotions and thoughts that race through my mind are irreplaceable. Back in California, I did a lot of solo flying and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am happy to do it again, even if less frequently. Definitely it is a morale booster…
I can’t wait to do it again!