Everyone has some kind of memorable "first". Your first kiss. Or maybe your first love. These events may not be perfect but they are nonetheless, unforgettable. I recently had my "never to be forgotten first". My first SOLO flight!
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Then it hit me. An unexplainable calmness. The elation of being one with your wing in the sky. This was quickly followed by trepidation, distress.. and indescribable fear. I looked down from above and made a quick calculation... "If my wing collapses from this height would I survive"???? Straightaway I felt light headed and my knees go weak at the thought. Then i heard Buko's voice on the radio. "Relax Monique. Breathe. Look forward and raise your hand." I had no idea how he could read my mind right that very moment. I immediately followed all his instructions. "Ok, Monique now turn right". I looked to my right, and shifted my weight towards that direction. All seemed well as I followed all of Buko's instructions. I was descending quite nicely and when i was around 5 ft. off the ground he asked me to slowly flare my wings and land. What was only a few minutes of flying time seemed like an eternity. But I finally did it! After all the tandem flights, ground handling, kiting and drills to get one ready for that first solo flight, I eventually did it. What heavenly joy that feeling was.