"Quebec Sierra Sierra is downwind, and we'd like to make this a full-stop. My student is going to drop me off at the terminal and return to the circuit for his first Solo."
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, check your remarks. You're number three behind the Cherokee on base."
"Quebec Sierra Sierra"
"Bay Tower, this is Quebec Sierra Sierra on Charlie ready for takeoff on two five."
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, wait for traffic on final"
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, waiting"
* * *
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, you're cleared for takeoff on two five."
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, cleared for takeoff"
"Quebec Sierra Sierra is downwind. I'm going to make this one a full stop landing."
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, check the full stop. You're number two for landing behind the Cessna on short final"
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, with the traffic"
"Quebec Sierra Sierra, traffic on three zero is holding short, exit via alpha. Contact ground on one two four decimal three when on alpha."
The flight was awesome! There's nothing quite like the first time the wheels of your airplane lift off the ground and you are the only body the wings are carrying. I was much more relaxed than I expected. Nerves worked out over the course of the few check-out circuits with my instructor beforehand, I suppose. Then I was welcomed to the world of piloting with a traditional baptism of sorts.
My instructor lured me up onto the steps with the promise of a polaroid, then one of my other instructors sprang from behind the bushes and doused me.
My first solo was on saturday, and I was up again by myself for a whole hour this afternoon. Even though you're just going around in circles, I never seem to get bored. I'll be taking a break for a couple of weeks, work is sending me eastwards, but I'm already looking forward to the next flight.
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