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First Solo

It's been a long, long time since my first solo flight in an airplane and I still remember the mixed emotions of excitement and fear.

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It's been a long, long time since my first solo flight in an airplane and I still remember the mixed emotions of excitement and fear. Glancing over at the empty right seat during the takeoff roll, I realized what a huge commitment I was about to make. As the plane climbed out, I couldn't get out of my mind that it was all me! There was no one else to get this plane back on the ground. Pretty exciting. But there was just a tinge of fear, or maybe anxiety is a better word. I wouldn't have my instructor to fall back on for this one.

Now I'm on a new solo. Being given an opportunity to write a blog for the Air & Space website is pretty exciting. I've never had a blog before and I'm looking forward to having this forum to discuss my experiences as an airline pilot.

But there's more than a little anxiety to go along with this opportunity. I have to question what makes anything I have to say worthy of your attention. Let's get it out up front that I'm not a recognized aviation authority or expert. I've been flying since 1977 and I have experience in both the General Aviation (GA) world and the airline industry. My pilot license shows 5 type ratings and I'm currently flying the Boeing 757 and 767 on both international and domestic flights. I love flying and I hope to share some of that with you in future posts.

Your feedback and questions will help me determine the content of this blog, but for now at least I'll just pick some areas that I like to talk about and we'll see how it goes.
About Steve Satre
Steve Satre

Steve Satre got his pilot’s license in 1977 and became a full-time commercial pilot in 1993. He currently flies the Boeing 757/767 on both international and domestic routes. The opinions expressed are his own and do not reflect the views of his employer or the Smithsonian Institution.

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