Friday photo: Dan Brucker first solo

The moment: First Solo

The pilot: Dan Brucker (left)

The place: Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, IL (KBMI)

The aircraft: Cessna 172S Skyhawk

The memory: Finally a calm day after what seemed like a month of bad weather.  This was the day I have been waiting for. The morning was filled with anxiety and nervousness, but with the preparation and advice from my CFI, and the support of all who came to watch, everything went as planned. Three solid landings all by myself while feeling calm and confident. Also a big sigh of relief when I came to that final full stop. All ending with losing the back of my shirt and a smile from ear to ear the rest of the day.

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