Of course, graduating to an true “Backcountry” aviator is a process. Every pilot I have ever talked to is always willing to learn something new. Anyone who isn’t probably won’t be long for this aviation world. The information available is seemingly endless and I always feel like there is something to take away from every experience.
I recently received my student certificate that was on hold due to some medical issues. This certificate is what I have been waiting for to be able to “solo”, or fly sans instructor! I waited for almost an entire year for that moment, where my instructor left me to fly the pattern for at least 3 takeoffs and landings. I set up my camera before I called the tower for permission to taxi, and I was able to capture the moment. Here it is for you to enjoy:
I intend to always be a student, although my ticket may say otherwise.