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Chino wrote this thorough article in the year 2000 using FLY!. Read on as he ventures back into real flying and sees just how useful flight sims can be as you learn to fly.

I did it!

Chino's first solo!

I soloed in a Cessna 152 (N67661) today at Worcester airport, where I resumed my flight lessons with a new instructor in early June. Worcester Airport (ORH) is only 20 minutes from home and is a tower-controlled airport with light airline traffic.

I now have a whopping zero-point-five hours as pilot in command.

The weather was the usual for Worcester -- cloudy, wanting to rain. I arrived early and spent over an hour with Mario going over my pre-solo written test. That was pretty easy MiGMan thanks all the ground school study. Meanwhile, I'm sweating the weather, since ORH started the day with fog and 100 foot ceilings. By 11 a.m. it was up to 1100 feet, but we need 1500 to meet minimum VFR (500 feet below any clouds, and pattern altitude is 1000 ft AGL, 2000 ft MSL -- visibility was fine, 10 miles). By 12:30 it had crept up to 1500 so we decided to try it -- winds were calm to 6 knots and mostly west, little crosswind.

Chino lands the Cessna 152