Flight 11 - First Solo


The purpose of this lesson is to prepare the pilot-in-training for their first supervised solo flight.


There is no scenario for today’s flight. Congratulations on making it to your first solo flight. You have taken the first big step to becoming a Private Pilot.

  • Obtain a weather briefing and be prepared to present it during the Preflight Discussion
  • Calculate weight and balance and takeoff and landing performance
  • Review aircraft maintenance records to determine compliance with inspection requirements.
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Discuss lesson objective and completion standards
Perform Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Normal or crosswind takeoff and climb
Perform Collision avoidance procedures
Perform Airport traffic patterns and prelanding procedures
Perform Go-around from rejected landing
Perform Normal or crosswind landings
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Critique performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • control the airplane as sole manipulator, exercise judgment, and apply aeronautical knowledge with the successful outcome of a maneuver or procedure never seriously in doubt.
  • perform all maneuvers and procedures to meet or exceed standards outlined in the pre-solo stage completion standards.
  • accomplish the first supervised solo flight in the traffic pattern.