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It is every aspiring pilot’s aim to pull off a solo flight. Even after excelling in the on-going training, there are certain requisites before he or she indulges in a solo flight. So if the given limitations and necessities are not properly followed, then the expected results may not be what you have wished for. Just take a look:

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• Basic Conditions:

  1. Individual must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  2. He/She should be literate in English.
  3. He or she should possess a student pilot certificate and a medical certificate of third class.
  4. The student should be qualified with a written test certificate. It is compulsory for the test to cover the parts 61 and 91 of Federal aviation regulation. Not just that it should also cover airspace rules, and even operational restrictions for the creation and model of aircraft.
  5. The aspirant should be trained under a certified aeronautical instructor. He or she should be adept in operations and processes of the model of aircraft to be flown.

 

Though this suffices the basic requirements, the individual will need to excel in specific advanced requirements under the ones recorded in 14 CFR 61.87 as well.

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• Specific Conditions:

  1. Accurate flight preparation procedures. Not just the basics, knowledge on pre-flight scheduling and formulation, power plant procedures, and aircraft systems should also be adept.
  2. Along with the normal takeoffs and landings, crosswind should also be concentrated on.
  3. Run-ups, including taxiing or surface operations and different airspeeds, also have to be perfected.
  4. Straight and level flights, turn in both directions, Climbs and climbing turns
  5. The individual should also take note on airport traffic patterns, entry and departure processes. Avoidance such as wake turbulence, Collision and wind shear should be executed properly.
  6. Descents, with and without turns, Slips to a landing, Go-arounds, Ground recommendation maneuverer, equipment failures, and even emergency processes should be taken care of.
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• Limitations:

Even if you have met the required specifications, there are certain limitations that one must stick to in order to engage in a solo flight. An unaccompanied student should not consider himself as a pilot in command during the following circumstances:

1. While carrying passengers

2. During night times

3. More than 25 nautical miles from the home airport

4. At the visibility of less than 3 statute miles

5. While carrying property for compensation or hire

6. When on an international flight

7. Without visual reference to the ground

8. Contrary to any limitations listed in the student’s logbook

9. In relation to any business

So both the flight instructor and the aspiring pilot should ensure that all the rules and conditions for flying solo are strictly followed.

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