A student pilot experiences many plateaus and barriers to progress along the path to earning the Private Pilot certificate. None, however, are more symbolic than the first solo. Everything before the first solo flight is geared to it everything after it is based on it. AVweb's series on primary flight training by Tina Gonsalves continues, as we ride along with a brand-new student during her first few flight hours and through her Private Pilot checkride.

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