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What can I do with my new solo endorsement?

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The day has finally came, I did my first solo. A beautiful flight in a C152 over the Minneapolis area. I looked at my logbook, and hardly read the endorsement note left by my instructor. Those CFI have worse handwriting than doctors!! Now that I have my endorsement, what can I do with it? Can I take off and fly local around my airport when I to? Do I need my CFI approval to go fly by myself? Thanks a lot! Dan.

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on May 15, 2015

    This question would be better addressed to your flight instructor. Have him go over the endorsement with you. He may have put some limits in the endorsement regarding wind speed, visibility and ceiling for your flights.

    If you do not own your own plane, you will need to book one with the flight school. They might insist on your instructors approval.

    If I were your instructor, I would want to be kept in the loop regarding your flights for a while after your first solo.

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  2. Russ Roslewski on May 15, 2015

    I’m surprised your CFI didn’t already discuss that with you – it’s one of the first things I do after signing someone off. I have a whole spiel – reminding them what they can’t do (like flying with passengers, flying for any business purpose, going to any other airport without my specific endorsement, etc.), and what they can/should do (work on manuevers, send me a text before going up so we can both look at the weather/NOTAMs, and so I can give them some suggested things to practice, etc.), and what they’d better do (enjoy it!)

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  3. Nell on May 16, 2015

    I’m not a CFI, but once you are endorsed, your wills to fly to another airport is at your discretion. However, if your instructor wrote a limitation within that endorsement, you must comply with his/her restrictions. Best be sure to ask your CFI for clarifications.

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  4. Kris Kortokrax on May 18, 2015

    Nell,

    Dan just did his first solo flight. If and when you study for the Flight Instructor certificate, you will become familiar with 61.93(a)(1)(ii) which states that a student may not make a solo flight and landing at any location other than the airport of origin unless he receives the training required by 61.93.

    A student pilot may not make any solo cross country flight without a specific endorsement.

    That endorsement may be for repeated cross country flights as set forth in 61.93(b) or any other cross country flight as set forth in 61.93(c).

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